Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

  • Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

    Leading toward a healthier tomorrow by cultivating confident and competent health, fitness, and recreation professionals who enhance the health and well-being of people and communities.

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Welcome to the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), the most active department on UAA’s campus. HPER is committed to excellence in offering courses related to physiology, biomechanics, and motor control/development. Our professional programs prepare students for leadership roles in health and fitness, physical education, kinesiology, and recreation fields. Our recreational courses offer the opportunity to learn new skills, reduce stress, meet people, and stay active. 

Taking courses toward the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, students will explore principles of physical activity, exercise science, recreation and wellness. Courses focus on leadership development, research-based practices, and experiential learning through community engagement. The program is recognized as a gold-level campus for Exercise is Medicine by the American College of Sports Medicine, and the practicum and internship experiences increase the ability to compete for jobs in growing fields such as therapeutic recreation, exercise science, and wellness. 

Two minors are available to help you personalize your education based on your interests and career goals:

In addition to offering two minors, the Department of HPER also offers a concentration in therapeutic recreation for students who wish to pursue a career as a recreational therapist with the necessary courses and experiences. At its core, therapeutic recreation is a healthcare field focused on improving the quality of life for people who may have experienced a significant or life-changing injury, or who may be living with a disability that changes the way they are able to participate in leisure and recreation. The concentration in therapeutic recreation includes specific psychology courses, anatomy and physiology, and six courses specific to therapeutic recreation; all of which fit within the BS in Kinesiology degree requirements.

You will find that the Department of HPER is a very exciting department offering a wealth of challenging and exciting learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Why choose HPER at UAA? 

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Designated “community-engaged” learning courses provide unique opportunities to get involved in the community and industry.


Conduct exercise tests for students, teams, employees, and the community in the Human Performance Lab.


Faculty advisors are available to help you stay on track to earn your degree and achieve your career goals.


The BS in Kinesiology is recognized as a National Strength and Conditioning Association education program.


Program Information

The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements. 


Catalog Page: BS in Kinesiology (Option: Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation)


Catalog: Minor in Athletic Training


Catalog: Minor in Outdoor Leadership


Eric Oba

Message from the Program Chair

Welcome to the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation department at the UAA School of Allied Health! I am excited to welcome you to our program, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a minor in outdoor leadership, a minor in athletic training, and a concentration in therapeutic recreation. Our program is designed to prepare you for a variety of careers in the health, fitness, and recreation industries. We believe that physical activity is essential for a healthy and fulfilling life. Our program will teach you the scientific principles of physical activity, as well as the skills and knowledge you need to design and deliver effective exercise programs. We boast a state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab (HPL) that conducts exercise tests and assessments, and is designed to exceed the needs of students as they learn hands-on technical skills. We are confident that our program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a career in the health, fitness, or recreation industries. We are also confident that you will find our community-focused approach to education to be both rewarding and stimulating.


-Eric Oba, HPER Program Chair


Contact Us

(907) 786-4346

Physical Address
UAA Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Mailing Address
UAA Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
3211 Providence Drive, PSB 146
Anchorage, Alaska 99508