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Health and Human Performance Major

Health and Human Performance at Olivet College

Do you love physical fitness but are not sure what career path to choose? Our dedicated faculty will help you explore your many options – from sports psychology, to exercise sciencefitness management, and more. Our talented professors are passionate about this field of study. From advising and assisting you with your classes, to serving as mentors in your graduate school or career pursuit, your professors are your allies from day one.

A textbook can give you the fundamentals behind how and why the body moves during certain exercises, but at Olivet, you’ll see those principles come to life! Your professors will encourage you to think critically while witnessing firsthand the mechanics behind human performance.



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Open doors with HHPA degree in health and human performance from Olivet College opens doors to a number of professional certification opportunities.

National organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and others require a bachelor’s degree as the first step toward becoming certified in positions such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, or Registered Clinical Exercise Psychologist.

No matter what you decide to do, our curriculum is representative of the industry’s top career choices.

New equipment for OC studentsThe Olivet College Health and Human Performance (HHP) Department recently received a donation of physical education equipment from Nasco, a company dedicated to fulfilling classroom needs. 

The donation is a result of a partnership struck between the college and Nasco by KayDee Perry, assistant professor of HHP at Olivet College, and a physical education consultant for Nasco.  

The Olivet College-Nasco partnership allows students to dig into their field of interest. Local schools have begun reaching out to the program to perform teaching demos using the donated equipment, which gives Olivet College students hands-on experience. 

Learn more about the partnership

Meet our Health and Human Performance students

Jenna EdwardsMeet Jenna Edwards

Jenna Edwards graduated from Olivet College this spring with a degree in exercise science. This fall, she will pursue her master's in exercise physiology at Western Michigan University.

“Once I complete my Master’s I will then explore my options of a higher position based on what is available and needed".

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Jalen WeaverMeet Jalen Weaver

If Jalen Weaver could pass a bit of advice to future Comets it would be, “don’t blink.”

His time at Olivet College has flown by. “It leaves me feeling like I’m not ready to move on! I’m thankful I have one more year left,” he said. Weaver, a junior majoring in exercise science, is living a full life at Olivet.

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Nick Juday

Health and Human Performance Department Chair and Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance

Nancy VanHoozier

Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance

KayDee Perry

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

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