The school offers programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in either liberal arts or education, with specializations in athletic training, health education, outdoor recreation, physical education or sports science. There are eight majors and 11 minors. A master of science degree is also available for students wishing to pursue advanced study in exercise science. The school’s programs are designed to build on a student’s liberal studies foundation, give a broad overview of the health and fitness fields and offer a focused preparation in the student’s choice of profession.
Most programs in the school include an internship, field experience or student teaching experience. These programs also help students prepare to earn certifications such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Instructor Certification, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Accreditation, and relevant Michigan teacher certifications.
The athletic training program prepares students to take the Board of Certification Examination in Athletic Training.
The teacher education programs in health and physical education are accredited by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
- Health Promotion Society
- Organization for Outdoor Recreation Professionals
- Student Association for Sport Science
- Student Athletic Training Organization
- Student Michigan Education Association
The school has one of the finest physical education buildings of its kind: the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF). This facility includes four gymnasiums, several classrooms, a pool and dive tank, an exercise physiology and biomechanics lab, athletic training labs, a high ropes course and an instructional dance studio.
The Student Recreation Center is also located in the PEIF and features aerobic and weight training equipment, basketball courts, a student lounge and an indoor climbing wall.
The Outdoor Recreation Center provides programs and equipment rental.
Additional facilities include the Superior Dome (the world’s largest wooden dome) and Berry Events Center. The Superior Dome seats 8,000 for football, soccer and softball. When the turf is retracted, basketball, tennis, volleyball and track and field are available. The Berry Events Center, which seats 3,675, has an Olympic-sized ice surface and is the home for Wildcat hockey and basketball and United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) speedskating.
Student placement and/or employment in public school systems, athletic training agencies and outdoor recreation leadership management agencies generally stipulate that applicants possess good moral character and strong judgment. The ability to successfully pass the rigors of Northern Michigan University’s School of Health and Human Performance helps to validate or ensure these prerequisite qualities in our majors. Each student is therefore advised that school systems and agencies will perform a background investigation on potential employees. The nature and scope of the background investigation is the prerogative of the specific school system or agency and is ordinarily subject to the consent of the applicant. Lack of consent would ordinarily remove an individual from placement and/or employment consideration. Additional information in this regard is available from academic advisers, the school director or the director of teacher education student services.
Community Health Education & Management of Health and Fitness
Community health education majors and management of health and fitness majors must achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all major courses. In addition, students are expected to follow a lifestyle commensurate with their professional aspirations.
Sports science majors must achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all major courses.
Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management
Students majoring in outdoor recreation leadership and management must achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all major core courses.
See Retention in the Athletic Training Program (above) for information on this major.
Secondary Education Physical Education and Secondary Education Health Education
Students with a major or minor in secondary education physical education or a minor in secondary education health education must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or greater with no grade below a “B-” in the professional education sequence, the major and/or minors and required cognates combined.
Athletic Training Major - The bachelor’s degree in athletic training is transitioning to a master’s degree in athletic training. For more information, contact the School of Health and Human Performance.
- Community Health Education Major
- Management of Health and Fitness Major
- Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Major
- Physical Education - Coaching Major
- Sports Science Major
- Secondary Education Physical Education Major
- Dance Minor
- Emergency Medical Services Minor
- Health and Nutrition Minor
- Health Education Cluster Minor
- Interpretation and Outdoor Education Minor
- Outdoor Leadership Minor
- Outdoor Recreation Leadership Management Cluster Minor
- Outdoor Recreation Minor
- Physical Education - Coaching Minor
- Secondary Education Health Education Minor
- Secondary Education Physical Education Minor
- Sports Science Cluster Minor
- Wildland Firefighting (currently not accepting students)