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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Steven F. Siconolfi, Dean
Patricia E. Green, Associate Dean
Janet K. Wigglesworth, Assistant Dean

For full faculty listing, see "Faculty and Administration."


The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) educates students to participate in the health, health care, and sport continuum. Health and physical education programs provide students with the background, understanding, and experience for teaching healthy lifestyles. Students in exercise science programs learn to use exercise as a modality to safely guide children and adults -- whether they are well, at-risk, or have diseases -- to an improved level of physical function. Athletic training students are prepared to manage and rehabilitate injuries that may result from exercise or sport participation. Prevention of and recovery from injury, trauma, or disease are aided by our physical therapy students who learn to help people become strong and flexible; occupational therapy students who learn to help people gain function and engage in occupations of daily life; recreational therapy students who learn to help people lead a better quality of life; and speech language pathology students who learn to help people improve or regain speech, language, or voice in both school and community settings. Adding to the continuum are three other degree programs, where students learn to help shape the policies that affect health and health care on a local and global level, to help manage and promote the world of sport, and to help people plan and use their leisure time in meaningful ways.

The strength of these programs comes from a dedicated faculty who believe in and practice their areas of expertise and who fully support the integration of the liberal arts and sciences in their professional programs. Students have the flexibility to elect courses in areas other than their majors, with the option of declaring a minor from a variety of programs at Ithaca College. Most programs require students to learn in the work environment, and many offer experiential learning opportunities on campus as well as off campus.

Academic Departments

Degree Programs

Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS)

Athletic Training/Exercise Science
Clinical Exercise Science
Exercise Science

Health Promotion and Physical
Education (HPPE)

Community Health Education
Health Education
Health Education and Physical Education
Health Policy Studies
Health Sciences
Physical Education

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Science (B.S.)
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Physical Therapy (PT)

Clinical Science (B.S.)
Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Speech-Language Pathology and
Audiology (SLPA)

Speech-Language Pathology

Sport Management and Media (SMM)

Sport Management (B.S.)
Sport Media (B.S)
Sport Studies (B.A)

Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services (TRLS)

Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Recreation Management
Therapeutic Recreation

All of our students may select a minor or concentration to complement their degree programs and increase the breadth of their education at Ithaca College. Some degree programs require a minor or concentration.

The minors offered within the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance include coaching, exercise science, health, health services administration, integrative health studies, nutrition promotion, nutrition science, outdoor recreation, recreation, and sport studies. Many students choose minors offered by other schools at the College.

Community Service: Faculty, staff, and students in HSHP participate in many community activities. Ithaca College's partnership with the senior care facility at Longview is supported by HSHP's Project CARE (SLPA and TRLS), a quilting group (OT), Seniors with Seniors (OT), a faculty lecture series (HSHP), a driving study (OT), volunteer work with people who have Alzheimer's disease (TRLS), activity observations and participation in labs (PT), a walking group (TRLS), and nutritional assessment (HPPE). Several departments are involved with the Center for Life Skills at Longview and with an interdisciplinary pediatric assessment team. The exercise and sport sciences department has developed a mentorship program with the Ithaca Youth Bureau and area elementary schools. The Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services to the Ithaca community, as does the occupational therapy/physical therapy clinic.

Student Profile: We currently enroll over 1,315 full-time students (67 percent female in undergraduate and 79 percent female in graduate programs) in 22 different degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The class of 2007 had a median composite SAT score of 1160. Student retention is high, with more than 82 percent of the incoming HSHP students graduating from the College. Some 42 percent of HSHP students come from states other than New York or from outside the United States.

Diversity: The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance is committed to increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Seven percent of the class of 2007 is from minority groups. With the recent hiring of faculty of color, we have increased the percentage of diversity among faculty to a figure greater than in the HSHP student body. Diversity, however, is more than numbers. The interdisciplinary course Health Care and Culture explores cultural dimensions of health from the client and provider perspectives. Our OT and PT students are in a pilot project that allows them to participate in a course on multicultural psychology. Our health policy studies program is working with other units at the College to develop a yearlong academic enrichment program with a theme of politics, race, culture, and health. Our sport management and media department offers such courses as Gender Issues in Sport and Sport and the Civil Rights Movement. Our TRLS majors are required to complete a course entitled Inclusive Community Leisure Services. Our SLPA department offers diversity courses, including courses on communication disorders in multicultural and geriatric populations. Students from all majors are encouraged to explore these options.

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