Health and Human Performance Degrees

NWU HHP has the versatility that enables us to offer majors in athletic training, exercise science, health and fitness, physical education and sports management. We equip 150+ HHP students to reach their unique goals. We help prepare outstanding physical therapists, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, chiropractors, PE teachers, coaches and sports business leaders.

Nebraska Wesleyan is the perfect place to push yourself—to stretch the limits of your own performance. And NWU Health and Human Performance (HHP) is where you can earn a degree doing what you love.

We build your knowledge and experience with integrated athletic and fitness internships, the latest science and equipment, and highly specialized course offerings.

Get amazing results.

NWU HHP is renowned for preparing students for success in their field. Our athletic training majors have the region’s highest undergraduate success rate on the certification exam at 91 percent.

Roughly half of our exercise science majors go on to professional school in areas including physical therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic and occupational therapy.

Our sport management majors receive the experience and background in business administration to be viable professionals upon graduation.

HHP faculty

Our HHP faculty includes a recipient of the 2014 Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association, a health educator with decades of experience who’s led trips to study sports culture in Australia, and a cellular and integrative physiologist who began publishing research in national journals as an NWU student.


  • Samantha Wilson instructing students on bandaging

    Wilson named Faculty Advisor of the Year

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  • SHAPE majors of the year image

    Five students named SHAPE majors of the year

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  • Mark Stutz interview on ABC 8

    Professor Stutz discusses sports injury prevention

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  • Athletic training instructors

    Athletic training program honored with university's Story Award

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  • MAATA poster presenters

    Athletic training students showcase expertise

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  • Pat Pettit headshot

    HHP professor named Faculty Mentor of the Year

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  • Anthony Baker, University of Minnesota Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    Senior Discovers Importance of Creativity at Biomedical Engineering Research Internship

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  • National Athletic Training Association Scholarship winners

    Two awarded National Athletic Training Scholarship

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  • As a self-described "big time football fan," senior Brittany Pair knew an internship with the NFL Players Association would give her valuable experiences for a career in sports management.

    Internship takes sport management major to NFL

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  • Senior Kelsey Bahe is the first Nebraskan to sweep three athletic training scholarships at the state, regional and national level.

    Senior sweeps state, regional, national athletic training awards

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  • Tamra Llewellyn

    Professor named University’s Prouty Winner

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Find your niche

Sports Management and Communications major Tucker McHugh wants to pursue a business career around his love for athletics. His internship at a Lincoln startup allowed him to build his resume on athletic endorsements and social media marketing.