Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies

Health, sport and human performance is important in our everyday lives. How we define them is constantly changing as society’s expectations change.

Health, sport and human performance activities don’t just happen – they require people with knowledge to lead them. Studying Health, Sport and Human Performance (previously known as Sport and Leisure) presents the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, understanding and professional skills relevant to careers in sport, education, health, recreation, fitness and leisure industries.

The sport and leisure industry is dynamic, diverse, exciting and rapidly growing in Aotearoa New Zealand. People who work in this industry are committed to improving the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

Industry Leaders

At the University of Waikato our team of internationally recognised research-informed lecturers bring the latest knowledge, theories and applications to lectures, tutorials and laboratories.

Our Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies academics are interested in applied research relevant to New Zealand policy and practice. This involves working with others to explore new ideas and ways of looking at issues and challenges, and new strategies for the future.

Our strong partnerships with key organisations ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry. As a student you will gain from the networks created by studying with like-minded people, and will be prepared for positions of influence in the industry.

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Studying Health, Sport and Human Performance

While studying Health, Sport and Human Performance you will look at the way political, cultural, social and economic factors influence their meaning and nature. On the practical side, you have the chance to get inside sport and leisure organisations to examine their role in society and find out what makes them function. You also have the option of advancing your own practical skills by taking papers in subjects as diverse as adventure, dance and leadership.

Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies papers cover the many avenues for sport and human performance such as sports, outdoor-adventure experiences, health-related fitness, performing arts, coaching, management, community recreation, teaching and aquatic activities. Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies can also be taken as a second major or supporting subject within most undergraduate degrees.

Specialisations provide you with another opportunity to shape your qualification to your interests and needs. Second year Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP) students can choose papers within, across and outside the following three specialisations: Movement Cultures, Applied Movement Sciences and People and Movement and Professional Practices.

Health, Sport & Human Performance Studies Handbook 2017

Qualifications

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies
Diploma of Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies
Graduate Diploma of Health, Sport & Human Performance Studies
Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies (Honours)
Postgraduate Certificate Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies
Postgraduate Diploma Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies
Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies
Doctor of Philosophy