Contact Information

Address:  201 Physical Education Instructional Facility
Phone:  906-227-2130
Fax:  906-227-2181
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School of Health and Human Performance at NMU

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. Master of science degrees are also available for students wishing to pursue advanced study in athletic training or 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 Master's in Athletic Training program prepares students to take the Board of Certification Examination in Athletic Training. This program is offered as a 3 + 2 Sports Science/Athletic Training program where students will complete three years of undergraduate course work in the Sports Science major and then apply for admission to the Northern Michigan University Graduate School for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. The admitted students will then complete two years of master’s level course work in athletic training. After five years, students will earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science, and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree may also apply for admissions to the Master’s in Athletic Training program.

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 in the process of completing accreditation requirements for it's masters program. Athletic training programs are accredited by the Commission of the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


Student Organizations

  • Health-Physical Education - Athletic Coaching Education
  • Health Promotion Society
  • Organization for Outdoor Recreation Professionals
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • 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.


Program Policies

General Information

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.


Grade Point Average Requirements

Athletic Coaching Education
Athletic Coaching Education 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.

Applied Exercise Science and Health 
Applied Exercise Science and Health 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
Sports science majors must achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in all major courses. Sports science majors who intend to pursue the Master's in Athletic Training program are not required to complete the Cluster Minor.

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.

Secondary Education Health and Physical Education
Students with a major or minor in secondary physical or health education must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or greater overall, in the major, and/or minor(s) with no grade below a "B-" in the professional education sequence and no grade below a "C" in the major and/or minor(s).



Bulletin Year: 2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Bulletin