Human Performance and Wellness

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School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Human performance and wellness courses provide unique opportunities to challenge and maximize the potential of the human mind, body, and spirit. We offer activity-based courses and classes that venture outdoors and take advantage of world-class recreational opportunities minutes from campus.

Who It's For

Most HPW classes are 1 or 2 credits, which makes them ideal for students who want to add an activity-based class in to their schedule while still carrying a full load.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and optimal living through physical fitness, movement education, lifetime sports, outdoor recreation, and the promotion of holistic well-being. We offer many special topic courses each semester as well as various certification programs.

Meet the Faculty 

Sample Courses

Exploring Wasatch Mountain Paths

Students utilize the power of nature to explore their inner selves through hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Millcreek, and Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Our mountain journeys focus on increasing overall well-being—physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual—through meeting physical challenges in inspirational settings.

Strength Training

This course focuses on learning to lead a healthier lifestyle through instruction and application in cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, flexibility, and core strength training. At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of proper lifting technique
  • Apply basic knowledge of health related nutrition
  • Apply basic knowledge of health related exercise
  • Design a personal exercise and wellness program

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