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Welcome to the department of Health & Human Performance!

We are excited that you are exploring our website.  The Department of Health and Human Performance offers  degree programs in Health Science,  and Sport Studies.  The content courses for teaching specializations in Health Education and Physical Education are  also delivered for the Education Department.  The department is committed to preparing students in their pursuit of knowledge and skills to become responsible members of society, while encouraging life-long learning;  to enhance the quality of life within a diverse society.
 
Central to the success of any department is its faculty.   Our department looks forward to providing you with the guidance and personal assistance necessary for you to reach your academic goal--to obtain a degree.  All students are expected to meet with their faculty advisor each semester.
 
We invite you to explore our website to determine which program is right for you and your future.  If you would like additional information about our department, I would be happy to assist you in any way possible.  Please contact me at asettle1@wvstateu.edu.  I look forward to seeing you in one of our programs soon.

Sincerely,
Dr. Aaron Settle, Chair 
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Program Information:

Welcome!

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. The Bachelor of Science in Health Science has two emphasis areas, Community Health Education and Leadership in Allied Health which prepare students for work within health education and health related fields.

The Community Health Education (non-teaching) emphasis area is a 4-year degree track designed for students who plan to work as community health specialists and educators. This emphasis area prepares individuals to take the C.H.E.S. (Certified Health Education Specialist) exam. Certified Health Education Specialists are trained to assess and recognize health disparities among populations, then plan and implement quality health programming to address the assessed needs/disparities.  The field of health education offers many opportunities for graduates to work in a variety of settings including universities, corporations, local, state, and federal health departments, hospitals, volunteer agencies, and public schools. 

The Leadership in Allied Health emphasis area is a 2+2 track designed for health care providers who have already obtained an Associate degree in an allied health related field.  This concentration will build upon their existing professional knowledge to enhance their skills in communications, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and health theories. In addition, the concentration will equip graduates with leadership skills as they relate to the allied health disciplines. Successful completion of the concentration will increase the mobility of graduates into leadership positions in their respective professions.

Should either of these emphasis areas be of interest to you, please feel free to contact me using the contact information in the right hand column. We look forward to you becoming a part of our program.
 
Lindsey Good
Health Science Program Director
lgood5@wvstateu.edu

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCE

  • 120 hours required for graduation

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENT - 39 hours

  • General education requirements for bachelor’s degrees are listed in this catalog.
  • Students should consult the department chair to determine which of the courses taken for the associate degree will apply toward bachelor’s degree requirements.
Emphasis A: Community Health Education Emphasis B: Leadership in Allied Health
  • 60 Hours from an Associate Degree
    • By law there is a maximum of 72 credit hours transferrable from a 2 year institution.
  • 60 Hours (GenEd + Core Courses) from WVSU
    • Degree completion requirements dependent on the hours and courses transferred from the student's Associate degree program.
    • All students must meet the general education and degree requirements.
  • Students can utilize their elective credits to earn the College of Professional Studies Leadership Certificate further strengthening their degree and marketability.
  • Leadership in Allied Health Degree Map
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Program Information:

Program Status Sheet
Sport Studies General Track Degree Map 2019-2020
Sport Studies Pre-Professional Track Degree Map 2019-2020

Program Outcomes

Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Sport Studies Program at West Virginia State University! I am Dr. Aaron A. Settle, ATC, CSCS and I am the Sport Studies Program Director. We are glad that you are interested in becoming acquainted with our program. Housed in the Department of Health and Human Performance, The Bachelor of Science in Sport Studies offers the student a curriculum rich in Exercise Science and Sports Administration. This program prepares the graduate to successfully pass the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examination and/or the NSCA –Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination.  However, upon graduation there is no requirement to take these particular examinations. Currently this program requires a total of 120 hours to complete the program.

The Bachelor of Science Program at West Virginia State University prides itself in currently being the only college and/or university in the State of West Virginia that is recognized nationally by the NSCA’s National Education Recognition Program.  This particular recognition recognizes programs at accredited institutions of higher learning that meet the national standards set forth by the NSCA.

Past graduates of our program have pursed careers in Athletic Administration, Athletic Coaching, Physical Therapy, College/University Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Training in both the general wellness community and the corporate wellness community, youth sport directors at YMCA’s and  professional officiating.  Many graduates have continued their education in programs of graduate studies in areas of their particular interest.  Keep in mind also that graduates from this program can apply to Entry Level Graduate Athletic Training Education Programs. 

As the program director for the Bachelor of Science in Sport Studies, I hope you will consider our program. On the right side of this page, you will find a program status sheet that gives you a clear idea of the course and credit requirements for this degree program. We look forward to you becoming a part of our nationally recognized program.

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HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH SCIENCES THEORY

150. PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 credit hours)
An introductory study of the discipline of health education and the many factors that influence our health such as heredity, environment, health care services, and our own behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of health education and health promotion to other disciplines, concepts of learning and behavior change, comprehensive school health programs, models and theories of human development and behavior with application to health education, competencies and skills of health educators, ethics, and current and future issues in health education. Students will also use the Internet to explore the various resources available to school and community health education/promotion specialists.

157. HEALTHY LIVING (2 credit hours)
Designed to inform, interest, and motivate students toward good health as it relates to effective, productive, and satisfying living (physically, mentally, and socially.)

199. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 CREDIT HOURS)
A  lower division course designed for a topic of current interest, inclding televised courses.  Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

251. CONSUMER HEALTH (3 credit hours)
A study of science-based health facts and guidelines to enable consumers to intelligently select health products and services. The course will emphasize the economic aspects of health and the social and psychological factors that influence consumer choices.

252. EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE (2 credit hours)
A course that will equip the students with the ability to recognize health emergencies, evaluate the situation and administer appropriate care.

325.  SUBSTANCE ABUSE (2 credit hours)
This course provides information and understanding of substance abuse, drugs, and ways to prevent the individual from using drugs.

352. COMMUNITY  HEALTH (3 credit hours)
An examination of the broad and challenging profession of community health education with an emphasis on communities and their health status. The course will also address the social/political reasons why many community health problems continue to exist.

354. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTH (3 credit hours)
This course will examine the current thinking on a variety of health issues. Timely articles which provide students with a variety of points of view regarding health and the complexity of the issues involved will be used. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills in critical thinking, reasoning, and effective argument.

359. ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS (3 credit hours)
Designed to prepare the prospective elementary and middle school teacher to function effectively in the school health program including school health environment, school health services, and special emphasis on school health instruction.

369. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE-SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAMS (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the teacher candidate to receive certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid upon successful completion of teh course.  This course will emphasize updated information strategies you can employ in your classroom to protect yourself and your students.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
An upper division course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

456. METHODS AND STRATEGIES IN HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 credit hours)
Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the curriculum, process of concepts, goals, objectives, content, methodology, and evaluation development necessary to achieve desired health knowledge, attitudes, and practices in students. Prerequisite: EDUC 316 or permission of instructor.

457. COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT (3  credit hours)
A thorough study of health assessment performed by health and human service professionals. Course will include the practical use of assessments in a variety of physical, behavioral, and social contexts.

458. PLANNING/IMPLEMENTING/EVALUATING INTERVENTIONS IN HHP (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on conducting needs assessments, data collection, intervention theories and models, implementation strategies, evaluation models, reporting. Prerequisite: HHP 456.

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION THEORY

122. FITNESS FOR LIVING (2 credit hours)
A program that assesses wellness/health and fitness interests, and provides learning experiences as well as physical practices to promote lifelong health.

126.  FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical and philosophical background that contributes the development of the psychological, sociological and physiological foundations that are the basis of contemporary physical education.

130. NCAA LIFE SKILLS (1 credit hour)
This course provides strategies that make smart choices about use or non-use of alcohol and other drugs, both short-term and long-term.

135. DANCE METHODS (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the pre-service teacher to organize, plan, select, instruct, and evaluate a variety of dance activities for elementary and middle school students.

199. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
A lower-division course designed for a topic of current interest, including televised courses. Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

225. BIOMECHANICS (3 credit course)
The course is designed to build a basic foundation of anatomy and kinesiology as it pertains to movement in physical education.Prerequisite: BIO 210 with a "C" or better.

238. METHODS OF GYMNASTICS AND AEROBICS   (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the pre-service teacher to organize, plan, select, instruct and evaluate motor skills and safety aspects in the areas of tumbling and dance for elementary and middle school students and aerobic dance for high school students.

240.  TEAM SPORTS I (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the prospective teacher in knowledge of rules, boundaries, instructional strategies, and psychomotor skills characteristic of the sport forms are analyzed and applied to football, soccer and volleyball.

242.  TEAM SPORTS II (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the prospective teacher in knowledge of rules, boundaries, instructional strategies, and psychomotor skills characteristic of sport forms are analyzed and applied to softball, track & field, and basketball.

317. SPORTS TRAINING LAB/FOOTBALL (2 credit hours)
Designed for the student trainer to obtain laboratory experience in the sport of football while working toward certification in the area of Athletic Training.  40 experience hours in conditioning, taping, first aid, and rehabilitation required. Prerequisite: HHP 331 with a "C" or better, plus current certification in CPR and Advanced First Aid.

318. SPORTS TRAINING LAB/BASKETBALL (1 credit hour)
Designed for the student trainer to obtain laboratory experience in the sport  of basketball while working toward certification in the area of Athletic Training.  40 experience hours in conditioning, taping, first aid, and rehabilitation required.  Prerequisite: HHP 331 with a "C" or better, plus current certification in CPR and Advanced First Aid.

321. SPORTS TRAINING LAB/BASEBALL-TRACK AND FIELD (1 credit hour)
This course is designed for the student trainer to obtain laboratory experience in the sports of base-track and field while working toward certification in the area of Athletic Training.  75 experience hours under the direct supervision of a certified athletic trainer in conditioning, taping, first aid, and rehabilitation required.  Prerequisite: HHP 331 with a "C" or better, plus current certification. 

327. EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to implement knowledge of the physiological function of the body during exercise.  Prerequisite: HHP 225 with a "C" or better.

329. ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on the physical and health status of typical and atypical students and physical activities for maximum development.

331. ATHLETIC TRAINING I (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to give the student initial instruction in the many facets of sports medicine and the role and responsibilities of the athletic trainer.  Prerequisite: HHP 327 with a "C" or better.

333. ATHLETIC TRAINING II (3 credit hours)
The course is designed to give the student advanced instruction above that offered in HHP 331 into many facets of sports medicine and the roles and responsibilities of the athletic trainer.

341.  INDIVIDUAL AND DUAL SPORTS I (2 credit hours)
This course is designed to prepare the prospective teacher in rules, boundaries, instructional strategies and psychomotor skills in tennis, bowling, archery and badminton.  To develop and apply skills to tennis, bowling, archery and badminton.

343.  INDIVIDUAL AND DUAL SPORTS II (2 credit hours)
This course prepares the prospective teacher in rules, boundaries, instructional strategies and psychomotor skills.  To develop and apply skills to golf, handball, and strength and conditioning.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
An upper-level course for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.  Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.
 
428. ADMINISTRATION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT (3 credit hours)
This course is a series of discussions, lectures and case studies that assist students in application of the administrative theories, concepts, principles, and decision-making skills necessary for a successful career in exercise-related professions.

446. METHODS OF ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
Designed to meet state requirements for certification of elementary/middle school teachers.  The presentation of a sequentially developed program which will include the development of knowledge, physical skills and methods for teaching physical education.  Selected activities appropriate to the elementary students.  In addition 8-10 hours of selected practical experience.  Prerequisite: ED 316

449. METHODS OF SECONDARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
Methods of teaching secondary physical education activities.  Designed to meet requirements for certification of secondary school teachers.  Prerequisite: ED 316

ACTIVITY COURSES

106. BEGINNING WEIGHT TRAINING AND BODY CONDITIONING (1 credit hour)

306. ADVANCED WEIGHT TRAINING AND BODY CONDITIONING (1 credit hour)  Prerequisite: HHP 106

437. CERTIFICATION IN SPORTS OFFICIATING (1-4 credit hours)
Methods and techniques of officiating selected sports.  West Virginia Secondary Activities Commission guidelines will be followed. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor

SPORTS STUDIES

140. SPORTS HISTORY (2 credit hours)
This course will examine the development of competition in the human condition from its inception, into organized forms of sport, to the highly developed enterprise that has emerged in contemporary times.  Observations of the influence of culture and history on this development are central to the presentation and content of this course.

199. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
A lower division course designed for a topic of current interest, including televised courses.  Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

220. COACHING METHODOLOGY I (2 credit hours)
This course provides an introductory examination.  Learning and practice of the coaching profession including philosophy development, practice planning, communication, and safety concerns.  This course serves as an entry level coaching course and is an additional required course in several states for individuals to coach at the high school level.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be certified by the NFHS.  This course is not sufficient alone to coach sports at the middle or high school levels in the state of West Virginia.  Prerequisite: HHP 140 and PSY 151 or SOC 101 with a "C" or better in each course.

340. ENERGY SOURCE AND BODY COMPOSITION (3 CREDIT HOURS)
 This course examines the metabolic requirements needed for a variety of physical  activity as well as the impact that physical activity, training, and scientifically directed butrition can have one one's body composition and human performance.  Prerequisite: BIO 210 and HHP 327 (HHP 327 and 340 can be taken concurrently)

350. RESEARCH IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to be an introductory experience for the research consumer as well as the research producer in the health sciences.  This course emphasizes developing conceptual understanding of using the scientific method as a means of problem solving, both as a critical customer and as an entry-level researcher.  Prerequisite: Senior standing.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
An upper level course for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.  Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

400. EXERCISE TESTING (3 credit hours)
This is a lab experience course taken concurrently or after HHP 327 and 430.  Labs will be designed to reinforce knowledge/skills taught in HHP 327 and 430 courses.  Students will be given the opportunity to practice coach/athlete trainer/client interaction during the course. Prerequisite: HHP 327 or currently enrolled; and enrolled in HHP 430.

420. SPORTS LAW AND ETHICS (3 credit hours)
Ethical theories along with negligence law, contract law, and constitutional law as they apply to sport and sport governance will be discussed.  As a result of completion of this course, the student will be aware of their individual obligation, responsibilities, and their decision-making and ethical moral judgment.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 and Junior standing.

430. DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAMS (3 credit hours)
Key concepts developed in this course include the components of physical fitness, and how to analyze and creatively design fitness programs that apply neuromuscular and cardio respiratory physiological knowledge in the administration of pre-season, in-season, and off-season programs for a variety of athletic teams at different levels of competition.  In addition, creative program design will be conducted addresssing concerns with adolescents, elderly populations, and indiiduals suffering from chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, COPD, and cancer.  Prerequisite: BIO 210 and HHP 327 with a "C" or better in each course.

440.  COACHING METHODOLGYII (2 credit hours)
This course serves as the capstone course for the Bronze Level Coaching Education Program in place nationally by the American Sports Education Program.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be certified Bronze Level (Highest Level) of coaching achievement as set forth by the American Sport Education Program.  Furthermore, at the completion of this course, students will be eligible to coach middle school and/or high school athletics in the state of West Virginia.  All students in this course are  subject to background checks if they apply for coaching positions upon completion.  Prerequisite: HHP 140, 220, PSY 151, SOC 101, HHP 331, 327 with a "C" or better in each course.

450. INTERNSHIP IN SPORTS STUDIES (12 credit hours)
This course serves as a capstone opportunity for the senior level Sports Studies student to apply cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competencies learned throughout their studies within the Sports Studies Program.  Each student will work and learn with an existing sports business, sports education/instructional program or sports team in the surrounding community. (480 clock hours).  Prerequisite: Student must have completed all course work within the designed Sports Studies Curriculum with grades of "C" or better in all courses.  With special permission, the student may be taking no more than two courses to complete their degree while completing their internship.

Peer Education

123. PEER EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
A course designed to help students develop leadership skills to be able to successfully produce and implement campus programs that create change around mental health, violence prevention, substance abuse, and safer sex.  The Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training includes eight modules, covering the role of peer education, how change and high-risk behaviors intersect, listening skills, response and referral skills, how to take action and intervene, recognizing the role of diversity and inclusivity, programming and presentation skills, self-care, and group dynamics.  Students will take an exam to become a nationally Certified Peer Educator at the end of the course.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)
An upper level course for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.  Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.
 
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Current Projects

Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets

The Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets have been part of the WVSU campus for over a decade!  First known as the Tobacco Prevention Initiative, which was founded by the Choices Peer Educators, then growing into it's own independent organization the Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets in 2011.  The TFYJ have always been a student led initiative consisting of students that are passionate about the health of the campus community, striving to educate, engage and motivate others to become tobacco-free.

In January of 2018 WVSU the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets were awarded grant funding by the Truth Initiative organization for the WVSU Breathe Easy Initiative.  This opportunity has reignited the Tobacco-Free Yellow Jackets and is helping the organization to grow and again gain support across campus.

WVSU Academic and Athletic Enrichment Camp

WVSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance strives to promote and improve the health of children in the state of West Virginia.
 
This day camp, funded through donors, continues this mission by educating the campers on simple actions they can incorporate into their daily lives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Through simple interactive lessons on Nutrition and introducing the campers to a variety of Physical Activities, we hope to promote the importance of lifelong health and wellness.
 
Lifelong learning is also an important factor to the health of our future generations.  This camp will promote the importance of Education through fun and interactive lessons designed to spark interest and creativity.  Campers will take part in numerous science lessons/experiments, arts & craft projects and many more quality learning experiences designed to promote learning and creativity!
 

image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowM.S. Sport Studies
Beginning Fall 2018!

The MS in Sport Studies program will develop the professional knowledge skills and dispositions of Sport Studies candidates so that they may demonstrate the following programmatic objectives based on the NASPE National Standards for Athletic Coaches:
 
 1. Demonstrate coaches as a role model to athletes of all ages and diversities through study and practice of Sport Philosophy, law, ethics, teaching and proper writing and accurate oral communication skills.
 
2. Demonstrate knowledge of human growth and development from birth - death, kinesthetic learning theories and tactics and current coaching and training trends by planning physiologically and biomechanically correct practice and conditioning sessions that allow for proper progression of skill and that are safe and minimize the risk of injury.
 
3. Demonstrate knowledge and skill for understanding diverse athletic population and accommodating different learning styles and physical skill by planning, coaching and evaluating athletic performance and progression that include modifications that address these issues.
 
4. Exhibit knowledge of and abilities to create responsible and effective communities of sport learning and understanding by developing leadership and management frameworks that include criteria with specific attention to respect for other athletes, respect for the sport game, appreciation of diverse cultures, rules, abilities and talents, and awareness of the need for communication.
 
5. Demonstrate knowledge of and the psychomotor skill needed to perform proper fitness testing and assessment data analysis to afford the fitness community the optimal results based on their desired fitness goals.
 
6. Demonstrate the appropriate use of technology required in the discipline of exercise science and athletic coaching
 
7. Exhibit knowledge of what it means to be a member of the coaching/Athletic profession by demonstrating ethical practice within the profession, demonstrating proper oral and written communication skills, engaging in research within the profession, following professional performance regulations and participating in continual education to uphold the commitment to life-long learning
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowMission Statement & Philosophy

Our Mission
To prepare qualified professionals to serve and lead in a global society.
 

Faculty & Staff

Debra
Debra  Anderson-Conliffe
Program Director of Physical Education
Phone: (304) 766-3237
andersonde@wvstateu.edu
Oree
Oree  Banks
Associate Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3231
obanks@wvstateu.edu
Matthew
Matthew Bradley
Instructor
Phone: (304) 766-3365
mbradley2@wvstateu.edu
Jay
Jay Canterbury
Athletic Trainer/Instructor
Phone: (304) 766-3223
jcanterbury1@wvstateu.edu
Ms. Lindsey
Ms. Lindsey  Good
Program Director of Health Sciences
Phone: (304) 766-3233
lgood5@wvstateu.edu
Patricia
Patricia  King
Assistant Professor
Phone: (304) 766-3232
kingpr@wvstateu.edu
Dr. Aaron
Dr. Aaron  Settle
Program Director of Sports Studies
Phone: (304) 766-3367
asettle1@wvstateu.edu
Mrs. Terri
Mrs. Terri  Sherrod
Program Assistant I
Phone: (304) 766-3164
sherrodt@wvstateu.edu
Tobacco free Yellow Jackets
Dr. Aaron
Dr. Aaron  Settle
Program Director of Sports Studies
Fleming N148 A
Phone: (304) 766-3367
asettle1@wvstateu.edu
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