Health and Human Performance: Human Movement
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Health and Human Performance: Human Movement

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Why study HHP: Human Movement at APSU?

The human movement concentration provides students the opportunity to prepare for employment as a manager in nursing homes, hospitals, regional, state or local health departments, home health care agencies, health maintenance organizations, surgical care centers, insurance companies, physician group practices, and voluntary health agencies.Students build their academic knowledge of the field and engage in a semester-long internship experience as part of the program. 

What will I learn?

To earn a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Healthcare Management, the student must earn 120 total hours.  The curriculum requires the students to take APSU 1000 (1 hour), 41 general education hours, 49 hours in the major, and 29 elective hours.  

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

HHP 2030 - Youth and Adolescent Health (3 hours)

Prerequisite/Concurrent enrollment:  HHP 1250
Offers teachers and others working with school-age persons an understanding of key health issues. Focus is on health topics related to family living, including intimacy, reproductive health and STDs, mental health including addictive behaviors, stress and suicide, and injury prevention and safety. Educational and risk reduction strategies are featured.

HHP 3010 - Adapted Physical Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Abnormalities and atypical cases; identification, with preventive and corrective practices. The theory and practice of planning special physical education and personal fitness and related skills programs for the elementary and secondary levels.

HHP 3190 - Rhythms Plays and Games (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Designed to provide instruction and experience in basic rhythms, dance games, and movement explorations for the elementary school child.

HHP 4040 - Sport Psychology (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Psychological principles in sports including motivational techniques, personality factors, communication principles, and anxiety reduction techniques.

HHP 4050 - Implementing Health Behavior Changes (3 hours)

Prerequisite/Concurrent enrollment:  HHP 1250
Designed to help students understand specific concepts of wellness promotion in a variety of community settings. Current methods in designing programs that encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own state of health; thus, changing behavior patterns of at-risk population to behaviors that move toward an optimum wellness status.

HHP 4240 - Introduction to Motor Learning (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair;
The study of the application of psychological and physiological principles to learning motor skills and strategies.

HHP 4989 - Pre-Internship and Career Seminar (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Senior standing
Students will engage in key processes required to prepare for the internship experience including paperwork preparation, investigation of internship sites, preparing a resume, and practice intervention skills.  Key concepts related to career planning will also be presented; such as, career/graduate school options, networking and professional behaviors.

HHP 4440I - Internship in Health and Human Performance (12 hours)

The internship consists of 360 work or contact hours of observation and participation from selected agencies, corporations or organizations. Grading on a pass/fail basis. Note: Students must be within 12 hours of finishing degree requirements after completing HHP 4990 except with permission of department chair.

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LDSP 2100 - Foundations of Leadership (3 hours)

This course examines basic concepts of leadership and explores current thought in the field of study.  Topics covered include leader emergence, leader behaviors and ethics, leader characteristics and individual differences, cross-cultural leadership, leading diverse teams, substitutes for leadership, followership, decision-making, and measurement/methods for studying leadership.

HHP 2240 - Introduction to Physical Education (3 hours)

Comprehensive instruction to give the student planning to major in physical education an orientation to the scope of physical education and lifetime wellness programs.

HHP 2600 - Community Recreation (3 hours)

Instruction and practical application of developing recreational programs in a community setting including assessment, planning, budget management, marketing, implementation, and evaluation.  Course will include knowledge of leadership practices and planning procedures as it relates to community recreational programming.

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HHP 3030 - Nutrition: Science and Application (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
Introduction to the science of nutrition and application to wellness promotion through the use of dietary assessment tools needed for lifestyle changes.

HHP 3110 - Substance Use and Abuse (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair
The content and method pertaining to the preventive aspects of chemical dependency. Included will be emphasis on basic pharmacology, causes of drug abuse, possible alternatives, and the role of school and community services.

HHP 4080 - Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of department chair
The focus is on the human or personal aspect of sexuality. Emphasis is placed on attitudes, emotions, and behavior patterns as related to the development of healthy sexual lifestyles rather than on the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system. Students are encouraged to integrate their own life experiences with the academic materials.

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HHP 3040 - Positive Mental Health and Happiness (3 hours)

This course will examine and explore positive mental health. Underlying theories related to positive emotions and happiness will be examined. A major focus of the course will be on the practice of skills that lead to positive emotions and happiness.

HHP 4300 - Introduction to Stress Management (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of department chair;
An introductory study of stress, stressors, and stress intervention techniques. This course complements other health offerings by giving students the opportunity to learn about stress as related to current health problems.

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HHP 3100 - Foundations of Kinesiology (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Principles and concepts of the science of human movement will be examined.  Areas of study will include blomechanics and anatomy and physiology.

HHP 4220 - Analysis of Movement (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 3300 or BIOL 2010/2011 and junior standing or permission of department chair
Designed to develop a basic understanding of how and where the body moves and what the body can do. Opportunities will be provided to demonstrate an understanding of the mechanical principles and concepts of movement and to apply these concepts of movement.

HHP 4250 - Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)

Pre/Corequisite: HHP 3300 or BIOL 2010/2011
Constitutes the scientific basis of physical activity and the development of physical training programs. Factors affecting muscle contraction, nervous control of muscular activity, effects of exercise on body function, muscle strength, fatigue and recovery, and weight management will be studied.

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HHP 3155 - Teaching Individual and Dual Sports (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; HHP 2240 or 2600 
This course will focus on planning, organizing, and teaching individual and dual sports.  Additionally, the student will develop individual abilities in the skills of these sports.

HHP 3165 - Teaching Team Sports (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; HHP 2240 or 2600 
This course will focus on teaching knowledge of planning, organizing, and teaching team sports.  Additionally, the student will develop individual abilities in team sports skills.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the HHP Club.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  HHP students will participate in a semester long 12 credit hour internship.


What Do HHP: Human Movement Majors Do After Graduation?

Dance majors go on to pursue many different paths:

  • Campus Recreation Coordinator
  • Parks and Recreation Coordinator