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 three master’s degree tracks, 1.) Health and Fitness 2.) Developmental Movement or 3.) 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

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...

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception Information

Published on 4/1/2015 6:00:00 AM

Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception – 2015 IMPORTANT INFORMATION The School of Education will be holding its 2015 Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Seating for the School of Education ceremony is unlimited. All graduates who attend will be individual... 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...

The Health and Physical Activity Department Teams Up with Steel City Squash for Low-Income Families

Published on 3/9/2015 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education Health and Physical Activity ( HPA ) Department is partnering with Steel City Squash , a youth development program providing opportunities to children from low-income families in Pittsburgh through education, mentoring, community service, and the sport of squash. Steel City S... Read More...

School of Education Graduation - Save the Date

Published on 3/2/2015 10:36:00 AM

In preparation of 2015 spring graduation, the School of Education would like to share important information for both the University of Pittsburgh's Commencement and the School of Education's Spring Graduation Celebration. Pitt School of Education Spring Graduation Celebration: The University of Pitt... Read More...

Health and Physical Activity Faculty Members, Graduates, and Students Present at Obesity Society Conference

Published on 11/7/2014 6:00:00 AM

Faculty members, graduates, and students from the Health and Physical Activity Department presented at the Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting from November 2-7, 2014. Taking place in Boston, this meeting has grown to be one of the world’s largest gatherings of obesity professionals at all ... Read More...

Doctoral Student Seth Creasy Honored with Early Career Award from The Obesity Society

Published on 10/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

HPA doctoral student Seth Creasy has received a 2014 Early-Career Award Grant from The Obesity Society. The organization's awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment, and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of researcher... Read More...

HPA Students Help Raise Health Awareness at Events Around Pittsburgh

Published on 10/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Exercise Science Organization (ESO), a student-run group within the School of Education’s Health and Physical Activity (HPA) Department, has been involved in a variety of health-related events at the University level as well as around Pittsburgh. The ESO was created in 2000, with junior and seni... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...
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