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.

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

Pitt SOE Faculty Recognized at AERA Conference

Published on 4/17/2018 3:18:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh School of Education faculty members received early career awards over the weekend at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New York. Lindsay Page, PhD, assistant professor of research methodology, was named the 2018 Division L Early Car... Read More...

Educators Team Up to Develop Flexible Curricula on Ethiopia for K-12 Students

Published on 4/9/2018 11:48:00 AM

Maureen Porter, associate professor in Pitt’s School of Education’s Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program, led the group of Pitt educators in determining what types of Ethiopian folklife should be included in the new curricula. via PittWire The development of a rich new curriculum fo... Read More...

M. Najeeb Shafiq Serves as Key Contributor to 2018 World Development Report

Published on 3/8/2018 1:40:00 PM

M. Najeeb Shafiq, department chairperson of Administrative and Policy Studies in the University of Pittsbugh School of Education, and Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs, contributed to the 2018 World Development Report (WDR) : Learning to Realize Education's Promise. The W... Read More...

Pitt Experts Active in Drafting National Physical Activity Guidelines

Published on 3/7/2018 5:07:00 PM

A pair of University of Pittsburgh faculty members, along with 15 other top researchers from across the nation, recently steered the creation of the federal 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. John Jakicic, a D... Read More...

SOE Alumni Awards Reception Slated for April 6

Published on 3/6/2018 11:33:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education cordially invites you and your guest to our Alumni Reception to present the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognize our outstanding students. Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6–9:30 p.m. | The University Club • Ballroom B (123 University Place, Pitt... Read More...

SOE Duo Among Whirl Magazine 20 in Their 20's Selections

Published on 3/5/2018 1:42:00 PM

Two people affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education have been named to the Whirl Magazine 20 in their 20s Class of 2018. Britnee Nwokeji , a current EdD student, and Jeremiah Davis , a member of the Heinz Fellows cohort, were named to the list of movers and shakers who are m... Read More...

Online SOE Graduate Programs Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Published on 1/9/2018 1:38:00 PM

Complete Rankings | U.S. News & World Report The University of Pittsburgh School of Education has been ranked the No. 28 school in the nation in online graduate education programs by U.S. News & World Report , the publication announced Tuesday. At Pitt, School of Education online courses are taught... Read More...

SOE Helps Lead Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U

Published on 11/9/2017 10:40:00 AM

CALL FOR PAPER (DUE 01/25/2018, 11:00 PM) Cross-disciplinary Conference on Family and Healthy U University of Pittsburgh | March 28th, 2018 | University Club 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 REGISTRATION: COMING SOON PDF Guidelines CONFERENCE OVERVIEW, GOALS, AND BROADER IMPACT Health and... Read More...

SOE Enrollment Managers on the Road

Published on 10/4/2017 4:17:00 PM

Representatives from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education will travel to locations across Pennsylvania and the region during the fall to provide information and meet with prospective graduate and doctoral candidates. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet with admissions represen... Read More...

Barone Gibbs Receives $3.4 Million NIH Grant

Published on 9/22/2017 9:35:00 AM

Bethany Barone Gibbs, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh, has received a $3.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health ... Read More...
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