University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Health & Physical Activity

Health and physical education degrees offered by the University of Pittsburgh advance careers
promoting the wellbeing of children and young adults.

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Promoting Physical Activity and Enhancing Quality of Life

Move Often. Eat Healthy. Live Better.

Imagine the unique education opportunity of learning in a classroom and then applying that knowledge to someone in a real-life situation. The Department of Health and Physical Activity (HPA) in the School of Education provides its students this experience, a combination of integrating world-renowned training and research effort dedicated to promoting health-focused quality of life. HPA is addressing a growing need for health, fitness, and research professionals with two master’s degree tracks, 1.) Health and Fitness or 2.) Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease.

Become an effective leader in health, fitness, and physical activity research and programming by training at one of the nation’s top graduate schools. Students who graduate from HPA will:
  • Be highly competitive on the job market,
  • Be well prepared to work in diverse health and fitness settings, and
  • Possess an understanding of both academic content and practical experiences that can be effectively applied in various settings.
Because of our pioneering research, experienced faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, you won’t simply learn the facts, you'll learn the application of those facts. We also collaborate with other schools at the University of Pittsburgh, including the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, and UPMC, resulting in a unique and progressive academic experience.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Health and Physical Activity
140 Trees Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-8320
Fax: 412-648-7092

Latest News

Open Forum for Renee and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search on October 14

Published on 10/6/2015 6:00:00 AM

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education Search Open Forum Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Office of the Provost is conducting a search for the next Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. As part of this process, the search committee will hold an... Read More...

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline Interviewed for "The Globe and Mail" Newspaper

Published on 9/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline was interviewed for "The Globe and Mail," which is Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper and second-largest daily newspaper. The article is part of a nine-part series looking at the science of sleep and the vital role of sleep in maintaining overall h... Read More...

School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold Announces Retirement

Published on 7/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University of Pittsburgh News Services.] Alan Lesgold, dean of the School of Education and a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Council of Deans since 2000, will step down as dean in August 2016. Under Lesgold’s leadership, the School of Education has emb... Read More...

Cooperative Undergraduate Program Between University of Pittsburgh and Beijing Normal University from China

Published on 7/13/2015 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the School of Continuing Education and Teacher Training of Beijing Normal University (BNU) are now offering a program to help Chinese students prepare for undergraduate study in the United States. The program focuses on selecting top Chinese high... Read More...

Alumnus Robert Spina Named Dean of Lamar University College of Education and Human Development

Published on 6/3/2015 12:44:00 PM

PhD graduate Robert Spina was named dean of Lamar University’s College of Education and Human Development after a national search. Spina, who has more than 25 years of combined teaching, research, and service, will assume his duties on July 1, 2015. Spina earned his PhD from the School of Education... Read More...

School of Education Signs Agreement with Beijing Normal University to Create New Programs

Published on 5/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Sharon Lesgold, Li Rui, Qing Xia, and Alan Lesgold The School of Education has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing Normal University (BNU), which will provide a platform for joint projects and a "hope that faculty in both institutions will pursue future collaborations," according to R... Read More...

Health and Physical Activity Department Honors Students at Recognition Ceremony

Published on 4/21/2015 4:35:00 PM

The Department of Health and Physical Activity (HPA) held its annual Student Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 17, in honor of students who have done an "exemplary job in their studies and in key activities of the department." The awards are meant to recognize the top students in a range of aca... Read More...

Assistant Professor Bethany Barone Gibbs Receives Outstanding Junior Scientist Award from the Aging Institute

Published on 4/8/2015 6:00:00 AM

Health and Physical Activity Department Assistant Professor Bethany Barone Gibbs received the Outstanding Junior Scientist award from the Aging Institute , which is a joint partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. The institute brings together researchers, scholars, and clinicians... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at 2015 Awards Reception

Published on 3/31/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2015 Alumni Awards this past Friday, March 27, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is list... Read More...

School of Education Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 17th Among Public Education Graduate Schools

Published on 3/11/2015 6:00:00 AM

In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , the School of Education was named as no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall in its 2016 Best Education Schools guidebook for graduate schools of education. The U.S. News & World Report ranking is calculated from a combination... Read More...
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