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:

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: BS in Kinesiology


Catalog: Minor in Athletic Training


Catalog: Minor in Outdoor Leadership


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Message from the Program Chair

Hello and thank you for your interest in the UAA Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program where your dream of working with people to improve their quality of life through health, fitness, and recreation will come trueOur Kinesiology Program is a 4-year Undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree. Our program provides students with an experiential, hands-on, community-engaged experience. Our program boasts a state-of-the-art Human Performance lab that conducts exercise tests and assessments. The Human Performance Lab at UAA is designed to exceed the needs of students as they learn hands-on technical skills. The graduates of this program learn the skills needed to be valued, confident and competent health, wellness, fitness, and recreation professionals. Kinesiology graduates are highly employable and well-prepared for further graduate studies upon completion of the program. 


-T.J. Miller, 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