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

Assistant Professor Sharon Ross Interviewed by "The New Pittsburgh Courier" on How Physical Activity Can Help Improve Health

Published on 1/25/2016 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Sharon Ross was interviewed by The New Pittsburgh Courier on how physical activity can help improve health. “People always tell me they want a magic pill to be healthy. I say physical activity is the magic pill,” says Ross. "Getting enough physical activity has been proven to lo... Read More...

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline Interviewed for "The Huffington Post" on Exercise Versus Extra Sleep

Published on 11/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline was interviewed for The Huffington Post on whether it is more important to exercise or get extra sleep. Kline is also an exercise and sleep researcher at the School of Education's Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center. Read More...

Send in Nominations for School of Education 2016 Alumni Awards

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

We are seeking nominations for the School of Education’s 2016 Alumni Awards. Through this program, we honor the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Ed... Read More...

Health and Physical Activity Faculty and Student to be Recognized at Obesity Society Annual Meeting

Published on 10/21/2015 6:00:00 AM

John Jakicic Renee Rogers Seth Creasy Multiple Health and Physical Activity ( HPA ) Department faculty members as well as a graduate student will be honored at the Obesity Society's upcoming annual ObesityWeek meeting from November 2-7. ObesityWeek is an international event focused on the science, ... Read More...

School of Education Joins Other Pitt Schools for Graduate School Week from November 2-5

Published on 10/20/2015 6:00:00 AM

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, several participating graduate schools throughout the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting a Graduate School Week on Monday, November 2, through Thursday, November 5, 2015. The School of Education, along with various other graduate schools at Pitt, ... 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 he... 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...
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