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

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...

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), Housed in the School of Education, Admits 22 New Member Institutions

Published on 5/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of CPED.] The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and its Board of Directors have accepted 22 new graduate schools of education (see list below) as members into the consortium. These institutions join more than 80 current schools of education in the ... Read More...

Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak Accepted for 2017 Innovation in Education Award

Published on 4/24/2017 6:00:00 AM

Sheila Conway Michelle Sobolak Assistant Professors Sheila Conway and Michelle Sobolak had a proposal for the 2017 Innovation in Education Award , entitled "Implementing a Video Coaching Platform to Provide E-Mentoring during Teacher Education Clinical Experiences,” accepted by the Advisory Council... Read More...

University of Pittsburgh School of Education Announces 2017 Spring Graduation Speaker

Published on 4/21/2017 10:12:00 AM

Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Dr. Sito Narcisse will address Pitt’s School of Education graduates. The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is happy to announce that Dr. Sito Narcisse, Chief of Schools of the Metro Nashville Public Schools, will address their 2017 g... Read More...

EdD Student Sarah Wagner's Program Awarded Honorable Mention for the Excellence in 2017 Diversity & Inclusion in International Education

Published on 4/20/2017 6:00:00 AM

EdD student Sarah Wagner's Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership was awarded an honorable mention for the 2017 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) by Diversity Abroad. Wagner is director for the program, and Professor Jean Ferketish is faculty advis... Read More...

EdD Student Josh Novak Elected as Directorate to ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges

Published on 4/13/2017 6:00:00 AM

Higher education management EdD student Josh Novak was elected to serve a two-year term as a Directorate to American College Personnel Association's (ACPA) Commission to Two-Year Colleges. The Commission for Two-Year Colleges is "directly concerned with issues relevant to student development progra... Read More...

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell Named to NERD Advisory Board

Published on 4/10/2017 6:00:00 AM

Associate Professor and LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Lin Russell has been named to the National Education Researcher Database ( NERD ) National Advisory Board. NERD is scheduled to launch in fall 2017 with a searchable database of profiles for more than 10,000 education researchers, including a... Read More...

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor Lina Dostilio Writes New Book

Published on 4/6/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Practice Lina Dostilio has written a new book , The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for An Emerging Field , which was the result of a national research project on the Community Engag... Read More...

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak Receives The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award

Published on 4/3/2017 6:00:00 AM

Alumna Kristin Shymoniak, a graduate in the MEd early intervention program and the special education certification program, has received The School Superintendents Association (AASA) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women in School Leadership Award. She is the lead special education teacher at... Read More...

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page Receives Association for Education Finance and Policy Early Career Award

Published on 3/30/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Lindsay Page has been selected to receive the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Early Career Award . The AEFP Early Career Award recognizes junior scholars (between 1 and 6 years post doctorate) with "exemplary early career trajectories whose research substanti... Read More...
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