The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education programs build on a long tradition of excellence. Our approach emphasizes theory into practice, as our majors apply what they have learned through fieldwork, internships, and student-teaching experiences. As a result, our students develop the critical skills essential for professional practice in addition to gaining a strong foundation of knowledge in health promotion and physical activity.

The department prepares students to take an active role in the promotion of health and physical activity, with a focus on enhancing people's well-being through education in school and community settings, practicing in the health sciences, and leadership in health policy and management.

Undergraduate Programs

Health Promotion programs

Our majors prepare students for an active role in the promotion of health through working in community agencies and in the areas of health science, policy and management.

Built around a common professional core, each of these majors offers specialized areas of concentration. For example, some of our public and community health majors choose to concentrate in the area of policy, while others develop an individualized plan of study in consultation with their adviser.

Students in health care management can minor in business or management. Many of our students in the health sciences prepare for advanced study, aspiring to attend medical school, obtain a master's degree in public health, or become a registered dietitian. Each degree program culminates in an internship, providing the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals in a real-world setting.

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Programs

Throughout their four years, students have many opportunities to work directly with children in the Ithaca public schools. This field-based approach allows them to put classroom learning to use in a real-world setting and culminates in a semester of student teaching during the senior year under the guidance of a master teacher. Our students regularly score above the state average on teacher certification exams.

Graduate Programs

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs lead to professional certification in the area of the student's initial certification.

Program highlights:

  • No GRE required
  • Tuition less than $20,000
  • One-year program (30-credit-hour programs offer a thesis or a non-thesis options)
  • Financial aid available via graduate assistantships

For more information visit our website or contact Dr. Raj Subramaniam

The Ithaca Advantage

Our majors enjoy small classes and the opportunity to engage actively in meaningful discussions with their professors and classmates. In addition, faculty encourage students to participate in professional activities; our students have presented their research at local, state, and professional conferences.

If you want to make a difference in people's lives, consider a career in teaching or health. Be part of our tradition of excellence!

Assistant Professor Laura Campbell lectures to a classroom of students.
HPPE Recognized at National Awards Ceremony
HPPE Recognized at National Awards Ceremony at Society of Health and Physical Educators Annual Convention

Dr. Hongwei Guan (Associate Professor) was the recipient of the R. Tait McKenzie Award. This award is given in recognition of “distinguished service by members, which takes place outside the framework of SHAPE America but which reflects prestige, honor, and dignity on the association.”

Three Ithaca College alumni were also honored. Dr. Timothy A. Brusseau received the innovative paper award for his article on the impact of a comprehensive school physical activity program on fitness of children from low-income families. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Brusseau graduate in 2003 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education Teacher Education and completed his Master's degree in Sport Pedagogy in 2004.

Dr. Kevin Mercier, currently an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University, was honored with the Helen Heitmann Young Scholar Award. Dr. Mercier received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education Teacher Education in 1997 and graduated with his Master's degree in Sport Pedagogy in 1999.

Dr. Jennifer Walton-Fisette was inducted as a Fellow to the Research Consortium. She is currently an Associate Professor at Kent State University. Dr. Walton-Fisette received her Master's degree in Sport Pedagogy in 2004.

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NCATE Accreditation


The All College Teacher Education Committee is proud to announce that Ithaca College education programs as a unit have earned full accreditation from the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.