Health and Human Performance

Master of Science in Health and Human Performance


The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance (MSHHP) offers an in-depth curriculum that challenges students to explore those significant areas of health, human performance, and the exercise sciences; to develop evidence-based approaches to tasks and problem-solving in health, fitness, and wellness; and to prepare for success and advancement in technical careers or to pursue terminal studies in professional health, fitness, and wellness science and industries.

The MSHHP supports the mission of the university with an evidence-based, scientific program of study that encourages learners to develop the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the health and exercise science field. This approach is applied to the allied health and wellness industries but is applicable to a wide range of diverse occupations and settings in health and exercise science. Learners will explore the current body of evidence and best practices with respect to global human movement science, nutrition, and the promotion of health and wellness across various populations of the world.

The importance of preventative wellness, exercise prescription and assessment, and functional movement and quality of life issues are focused across the program curriculum. Modern scientific evidence-based approaches will be utilized for information search, problem-solving, and scholarly discourse. The MSHHP program embraces qualitative and quantitative approaches that support decision-making, leadership, and analysis. The program specializations are aligned with industry-recognized certification credentials, including National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning, and the National Association for Speed and Explosion (NASE).

The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance requires 21 credits in Core courses, and 15 credits in the specialization, for a total of 36 credits to earn the degree credential.


Strength and Conditioning – aligned with the standards for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential, this specialization focuses on strength, conditioning, and performance for athletes.

Sports Coaching Administration – this specialization focuses on the coaching and administrative aspects of sport, concentrating on the principles of leadership, management, and overall athletic performance within sports teams and organizations.


  • Fitness Trainers and Instructors
  • Fitness and Wellness Operations Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Fitness Professionals and Administrators
  • Fitness and Wellness Sales Managers
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Health and Wellness Coaches


  • Dr. Cameron Halfacre
  • Dr. Tiffany Halfacre
  • Dr. Ryan Barnhart