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Health, Human Performance and Sport

Department of Health, Human Performance, and Sport

Our programs promote healthy lifestyles and prepare students in fields related to sport and health enhancement.

About the Department

The Health, Human Performance, and Sport Department prepares students for careers in exercise science, physical education, sport management, athletic training, strength and conditioning, and other careers related to health and human performance. With our state-of-the-art human performance laboratory, you’ll have access to elaborate equipment designed for a variety of testing needs, including BMI and skinfold testing, and V02 max treadmills. Our facilities and equipment are used for lifestyle assessment classes, physiology labs, training practicum students, and conducting research. The lab also serves as an educational and testing facility to numerous visitors within the region. 

As a student here, you’ll have opportunities to participate in a variety of community service projects, performing free blood pressure screenings, participating in the Wellness Program, and providing body testing for local high school athletes. You can also get a broad range of hands-on sport management experiences, including working with the Wayne State athletic department and organizing promotional events. If graduate school is in your future, we also provide a master's degree in exercise science education, an online master's degree focusing on athletic administration, and an online master's degree in sport and recreation management

Wayne State’s exercise science program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the Education Recognition Program (ERP) for the field of strength and conditioning.

Nationally Ranked Programs

Best College for Sport Management, 2018-19 - Schools.com

No. 4 in the U.S.

Best College for Sport Management, 2018-19


Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018


Best Online  Sports Management Masters Degree 2018 - OnlineMasters.com. Best Onlne Sports Management Degree Programs Award.

No. 18 in the U.S.

Best Sports Management Master's Degree Online, 2018


Most Affordable Sports Management Masters Online, 2017 - SR Education Group.

No. 5 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Sports Management Master's Degree Online, 2017

SR Education Group


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Trevor Bandieras

“Wayne is awesome. There are a lot of great facilities here, lots of great equipment to use and learn, and they really provide an excellent teaching environment. There are a lot of classes that deal with things that physical therapists will do, like goniometers and measuring the patient’s range of motion. I’ve learned about bike tests and how to perform those, and how to test people’s VO2s and take their blood pressures and heart rates. We’ve learned about how the body works together and what some of the indications are for issues, and how you can fix those patients’ issues and help them feel better.”


Trevor Bandiera '18

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
B.S. Applied Human and Sport Physiology

Health, Human Performance, and Sport Programs

Choose from majors in this department, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Applied Human and Sport Physiology              
Athletic Administration (MSE) - Fully Online              
Athletic Training (Pre-Athletic Training)              
Coaching (7-12)              
Exercise Science              
Health and Physical Education (PK-12)              
Injury Science              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
Nursing (Accelerated)              
Physical Education (7-12)              
Physical Education (PK-6)              
Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy)              
Public and Global Health              
Public Health (Pre-Public Health)              
Sport and Recreation Management (MSOM) - Fully Online              
Sport Management              
Chad Maas, Ph.D.

“Do you want to get involved helping people with a healthier and more active lifestyle? In the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Sport, we pride ourselves on providing students with opportunities and experiences that will allow them to make a difference in their schools, neighborhoods, communities, and the lives of those around them.”


Chad Maas, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Health, Human Performance, and Sport


Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

Student Activities for HHPS Majors

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program offers many services to WSC students, faculty, and staff and the community of Wayne. The goal of Wellness Program is to provide services to individuals who are seeking a healthy lifestyle through education, exercise, stress management, and nutrition. Senior exercise science students in the last semester of coursework serve as wellness advisors and fitness instructors.

Competitions and awards


  • Student recognition – Each year, the department awards and recognizes one student from each of the HHPS majors for their achievements.
  • Clinics and conferences – Travel with other students to the NSCA clinic and CNOS conference to gain in-depth knowledge from industry experts in nutrition, mobility, training, sports medicine, and more. 
  • Real-world experience – You’ll have chances to work as event staff at the Final Four national volleyball tournament and at the Summit League basketball tournament, in addition to working at WSC athletic events. Tour state-of-the-art sport facilities within the region to gain even more knowledge and insight in the field of sport management.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating, to gain experience in this field of study. You’ll have a chance to earn credit through on-campus services like the wellness program or human performance lab, or anywhere else you’d like to do an internship. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Health, Human Performance, and Sport Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for health, human performance, and sport students.

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