The Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers and coaches in Health, Physical Education and Coaching; and undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare professionals in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. The Department enrolls more than 460 undergraduate majors in two programs, approximately 360 undergraduate minors in three programs, and approximately 30 graduate students in two programs.
The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching is a member of the American Kinesiology Association which promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified academic discipline involving the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life. As part of the College of Education and Professional Studies the teacher preparation program is one of few programs in the state of Wisconsin which has received accreditation from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The faculty and academic staff in the Department are dedicated to providing high quality education for students committed to professional careers in health promotion, health education, exercise science, physical education, recreation, leisure studies, coaching education, strength and conditioning and sport management
The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching is to:
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PEPROF 493: Health, Human Performance and Recreation Internship
The Internship is a culminating learning experience for students in Health, Human Performance and Recreation. This experience allows students the opportunity to practice the application of theory and apply the knowledge acquired through academic preparation, while learning skills of an entry level practitioner. Experience at an Internship site offering Health, Human Performance and/or Recreation services not only draws on major and minor course offerings, but makes possible the development of professional skills. The Internship is an in-depth supervised work and study experience, preferably at the supervisor or mid-management level, where the student has a degree of responsibility for planning, directing and supervising the work of others.
Prerequisites for PEPROF 493: Health, Human Performance and Recreation Internship are PEPROF 209: Investigating Community Professions in Physical Education; within nine units of completing the major and minor; application materials filed by the due date in the semester prior to placement; and consent of the Program Director. For clinical placements (i.e., cardiac rehabilitation) and university placements (i.e., strength and conditioning, recreation sports) a grade point average of at least 3.0 is required.
Internship proposals complete with resume, learning objectives, and a signed site agreement form are due onMarch 31st for Summer Session; April 15th for Fall Session; and November 15th for Spring Session. No exceptions to these deadlines are possible. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the internship coordinator (Dr. Ednie) ahead of the deadline to discuss their proposals. The course description, syllabus and site agreement form may be accessed by clicking on the links below. Students looking for internships are welcome to check out current postings and past placements by clicking here.
Students looking for internships are welcome to check out current postings and past placements by clicking here.
Dr. Andrea Ednie, PhD
Assistant Professor, HPERC
College of Education & Professional Studies
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Bridgette Hermanson, CPRP
College of Education & Professional StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching Scholarships
Students in both emphases of the Physical Education major should be aware of the following scholarship awards. Applications are currently being accepted through February 22nd for those whose applications are submitted online. (Van Steenderen Scholarship applications are solicited separately because of the unique requirements.)
The purpose of this section is to provide HPERC students with all they need to know about undergrad research projects; from how to get started, and what faculty to go to for help, to a list of possible research topics from HPERC faculty, previous proposal topics, as well as a list of important dates for undergrad research, such as timelines and conferences. We hope you'll find all you need here, and wish you good luck with your research proposal!
Current Faculty Accepting Undergraduate Research Student Assistants:
The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching has offices, classrooms, laboratories and activity spaces located in Williams Center, the Kachel Fieldhouse and surrounding outdoor locations. Facilities are also utilized in the Roseman Building, the Student Athletic Complex and other locations across campus.
Located on the northern edge of the campus, Williams Center and the Kachel Fieldhouse includes the following facilities:
The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching also enjoys specialized facilities in Williams Center that include the Human Performance Laboratory, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Computer Laboratory and Dance Studio. All classrooms in Williams Center are equipped with instructional technology which includes SMART Boards in selected classrooms.
Human Performance Laboratory
The Human Performance Laboratory is located in Williams Center 188 and provides teaching, research and service programs in exercise science with primary responsibility for the teaching of students in health, physical education, recreation, coaching and related areas. The facility has state-of-the-art equipment for exercise science with four fully-equipped multi-student laboratory stations which utilize computer systems on customized carts with dual monitors. Each of the four carts includes a Vacu-Med Vista VO2 Lab metabolic analysis system, Cardio-Card electrocardiography system, BIOPAC system and pulmonary function analysis system. Each of the four teaching stations includes a cycle ergometer, upper body ergometer and treadmill.Additional equipment includes a research-grade metabolic analysis cart that uses AEI analyzers and Vacu-Med Vista software and interfaces operating on a computer system with dual monitors. The cart also includes a Cardio-Card electrocardiography system, BIOPAC system and capabilities for measuring oxyhemoglobin saturation. Other equipment includes a Velotron Dynafit Pro with VariCrank that uses 3D, SpinScan, Coaching and Wingate software. The Human Performance Laboratory also has capabilities for exercise biochemistry that include a glucose and lactate analyzer, two UV/Vis spectrophotometers, water bath, analytical balance and related equipment to analyze blood and other tissues. Capabilities for DNA analysis are available across campus in Upham Hall. A computerized hydrostatic location is available in a separate location in the Williams Center complex.
Motion Analysis Laboratory
As part of the Human Performance Laboratory, the Motion Analysis Laboratory facilitates instruction in anatomy and physiology, and provides students with an in depth study of the physics of human movement. A wide range of anatomical and physiological models are available. The Motion Analysis Laboratory includes a computerized motion analysis system with a force platform. The four fully-equipped multi-student teaching stations in the Human Performance Laboratory may also be used in the Motion Analysis Laboratory.
The Computer Laboratory is located in Williams Center room 187. During the academic year it is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The Computer Laboratory is equipped with 24 Windows computers, a handicapped-accessible work station, an Apple Mac, a scanner and a printer. All computers include standard software featuring MS Windows, MS Office, Adobe and Firefox, along with specialized laboratory software and DVD/CD-RW drives. Specialized science software includes Stellarium, Salt 2012, HU-M-AN, Fitness Gram and Google Earth. Specialized mathematics software includes Inspired Data, IBM SPSS and Geometers. Reserve the lab here.
The Dance Studio is a modern movement space with an acoustic ceiling, suspended wooden flooring, large mirrors, and a contemporary sound system with remote microphones for instructors.
Students are encouraged to join the HPERC Department's student organization ACTIVE. The mission of this organization is to promote career and professional development opportunities for students interested in health, physical education, human performance, recreation, coaching, sport and related fields. The student organization organizes a Fall and Spring speaker series to enhance professional networking opportunities for students. The student leadership team also seeks to provide organized volunteer opportunities and hosts yearly campus events to enhance students' campus involvement, community involvement, and future career development in HPERC related fields.
Students in HPERC may consider membership to the following national organizations:
There are also several regional national affiliates and individual state organizations in which departmental majors may seek membership. Please consult with your faculty advisor to identify appropriate associations.
Other UWW Student Organizations
For information on other student organizations, please visit the Student Organization Directory.