Health and Human Performance Program Profile

As an exercise science major at Dordt University, you will be thoroughly prepared for a variety of exercise and health sciences outcomes including top-ranked graduate schools. Your exercise science education will integrate classroom and lab-based learning, field experiences, internships, and a vast array of hands-on opportunities to develop your career.

By participating in Dordt University’s program, students gain access to our Pre-Physical Therapy club, Pre-Professional Health Sciences Club, and can pursue becoming a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Finally, exercise science graduates would also be able to seamlessly transition into Dordt Universities Sports Leadership Master’s program.

More about Health and Human Performance
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  • High-quality teaching that prepares students for various professions in HHP
  • A wide variety of hands-on, relevant learning opportunities (including field experiences, service projects, coaching opportunities and internships)
  • Development of a reformed, Christian across a wide range of courses
  • A comprehensive advising program including monthly group advising sessions and individual student advising sessions with faculty members
  • Three full-time HHP faculty members with doctoral degrees
  • Athletic facilities exceed those of others institutions our size


Students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the guiding role of the Bible in unfolding God's will for the human body.
  2. Develop a scripturally based perspective and strategies for leisure, play, health, fitness, and competition.
  3. Acquire knowledge, understanding, and skills in the areas of history and philosophy; of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics; of exercise physiology, first aid, and athletic injuries; of assessment in physical education, recreation, and health; and of the psychological aspects of human behavior.
  4. Understand the historical context of health and human performance and how to live obediently in a rapidly changing world.
  5. Demonstrate and model positive attitudes toward physical activity.
  6. Be equipped for and committed to lifelong learning in the HHP field of investigation.