The Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation strives to accomplish the following:

  • Provide professional preparation through degree, minor, and certification programs for leadership roles in fields related to health, physical education and recreation.
  • Afford opportunities for students and the UAA community to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to promote lifelong participation, enjoyment and exploration of physical activities, health-enhancing behaviors and recreational pursuits.
  • Partner with the Alaska community to offer high quality service and specialized training related to health, physical education and recreation.


The Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation is dedicated to an integrated holistic model of wellness that is on the forefront of the industry. We look to a future where we achieve the following:

  • Promote life-long learners and leaders by modeling, providing unique opportunities and creating an environment that inspires passion, resilience and professionalism
  • Forge an effective model of education weaving art, science and movement into course delivery so that every student can learn and inspire others to do the same
  • Honor the diversity of the professions represented and embrace the influence of each
  • Collaborate with other institutions (internal community/external community/professional organizations) to influence incorporation of a wellness model, creating a hub of health
  • Provide state-of-the-art facilities that reflect the excellence of our programs and accommodate our growing community
  • Attract talented and high quality students, faculty and staff

Join us in achieving our future!


  • Academic and professional integrity
  • Student service
  • Responsible stewardship and sustainability of resources
  • Personal wellness
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Community service
  • Lifelong learning