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

Health and Physical Activity Department Sponsoring Talk on "Physical Activity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century"

Published on 10/12/2016 10:50:00 AM


Alumna and CNN Hero Kakenya Ntaiya Giving Pitt International Week Keynote Talk on October 25

Published on 10/7/2016 9:28:00 AM

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Professor John Jakicic Earns $21 Million NIH Grant on Exercise for Adults Aged 65-80

Published on 9/28/2016 6:00:00 AM

Professor and Department Chair John Jakicic is co-investigator on a new $21 million grant that's a nationwide, multi-center trial investigating exercise on adults between 65-80 years of age. The study, a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is titled “IGNITE – Investigating G... Read More...

New Study in JAMA by Professor John Jakicic Finds Activity Trackers Ineffective for Sustaining Weight Loss

Published on 9/20/2016 11:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] Wearable devices that monitor physical activity are not reliable tools for weight loss, says a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Department of Health and Physical Activity. The study specifically investigated w... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Jeff Duncan-Andrade on October 20

Published on 8/24/2016 10:12:00 AM


Professor John M. Jakicic Appointed to Help Write U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines

Published on 6/29/2016 12:00:00 PM

[Press released published on behalf of the University News.] Two University of Pittsburgh faculty members will play influential roles in the development of federal recommendations on the amount, intensity, and types of physical activity needed for Americans’ healthy lifestyles. John M. Jakicic and ... Read More...

Faculty and Student Published Articles: March-June 2016

Published on 6/15/2016 6:00:00 AM

The following are articles written by faculty members or students that were published online between March-June 2016. "Utility and Validity of Authentic Assessments and Conventional Tests for International Early Childhood Intervention Purposes: Evidence from U.S. National Social Validity Research" ... Read More...

School of Education Launches New Urban Education Certificate Program

Published on 5/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] In America’s classrooms, a cultural divide exists between teachers, who are most often white, and a student population that continues to expand in ethnic diversity. This is especially true in Pittsburgh, where nearly 85 percent of public schoo... Read More...

Associate Dean and Associate Professor Lindsay Clare Matsumura Named School of Education Interim Dean

Published on 4/25/2016 3:00:00 PM

Lindsay Clare Matsumura, the School of Education associate dean of research and faculty development, has been named by University of Pittsburgh Provost Patricia Beeson as interim dean of the School of Education. "We will be continuing the search for a new dean of the School of Education," said Bees... Read More...

HPA Student Mark Spitz's Portable Oxygen Device Wins 2016 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

Published on 4/22/2016 6:00:00 AM

Health and physical activity undergraduate student Mark Spitz is part of a team that won the Innovation Institute's Randall Family Big Idea Competition for their portable oxygen device that treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The product is an aluminum soda can filled with porous m... Read More...
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