Welcome to the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

Prepare yourself to take an active role in the promotion of health and physical activity, with a focus on enhancing people's well-being through educating in school and community settings, practicing in the health sciences, and leading in health policy and management. Throughout your four years at Ithaca College, we will support your development in five key areas:  critical thinking, valuing human difference, ethical reasoning, analyzing and disseminating information, civic engagement .

Your classroom experiences will be enriched through opportunities in and outside the classroom via labs and professional clubs. Our labs offer you a chance for hands-on practice and our professional student clubs help you learn more about your field, interact with your peers and faculty outside of the classroom, practice leadership skills, and network.

Since our approach emphasizes theory into practice and performance, you will also apply what you learn in the classroom to fieldwork, internships, and research experiences. You will develop the critical theoretical foundation and skills to be job ready for professional practice or prepared for graduate school entry.

Undergraduate Majors

We offer two majors for undergraduates, responsive to the wide range of interests that students have in the health professions field. The health science major offers three concentrations: premedical focus, planned clinical focus, and food and nutrition focus. These concentrations will position you for future success in areas such as clinical research or direct patient care (chiropractor, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant, dietician, nutrition educator, occupational therapy or physical therapy). 

The public health major offers two curricular directions: planned interdisciplinary combination which allows flexibility to choose areas of specialization within this field (maternal and child health, epidemiology, wellness, community outreach) and the restricted heatlh electives offering students that opportunity to select heatlh courses that correspond to their area of interest. This major prepares you to provide population-based interventions or policy development that impact the lives of people within the community.


HPPE Department Office
Danielle Paolicelli, Administrative Assistant
G56 Hill Center
Ithaca College • 953 Danby Road • Ithaca, NY 14850 
Fax: (607) 274-1174