Experience Learning

At NMU, you’ll receive the perfect mix of fundamental theory and hands-on learning, all wrapped up in our unique learning environment. You’ll work closely with expert faculty in our excellent educational facilities and outstanding natural areas, conduct real-life research and have the opportunity to intern with local, regional, and national organizations. You can attend symposiums and conferences and may even end up presenting your own work.

Career Excellence

Our graduates work in schools, health clubs, state and national parks, federal agencies, corporations, cardiac rehab clinics, hospitals and universities, to name a few. Graduates from our pre-professional program, Sports Science, successfully go on to graduate degrees such as medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Students graduating from majors in the School of Health and Human Performance are competitive in the job market due to the opportunity for nationally recognized professional certifications.

Mission Statement

School Academic Mission: The School of Health and Human Performance at Northern Michigan University challenges its students to think independently and critically, develop lifelong learning habits, acquire Health and Human Performance career skills, embrace diversity and become productive citizens in the regional and global community.

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What you'll do at NMU

Tweak your toeholds and bouldering techniques in a rock climbing class. Teach children in developing countries how proper hygiene and nutrition will improve their lives. Spend the summer interning with a professional sports team. Or join one of our professional student groups and organize activities and events for the whole community. Whether it’s related to academics, service or pure fun, getting involved is easy, and unforgettable! You’ll also have the personal attention and support of talented, caring teachers every step of the way.

The School of Health and Human Performance is one of the largest and most longstanding programs at Northern Michigan University. The many undergraduate programs reflect the broad interests of our faculty and the diversity of our students.

The scenic beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula attracts students to our largest division, outdoor recreation leadership, and management. The U.P. lies in the heart of the upper Great Lakes between the shores of Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan, providing an ideal environment for those interested in a career as an outdoor recreation professional. Our department is located in the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF), which is connected to both the Superior Dome and the Berry Events Center. This complex of large, modern buildings provides a teaching and learning environment that is among the finest Health and Human Performance programs in the nation.

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If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit