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B.S./B.A. in Health & Human Performance

Prepare for Professional Health and Medicine Programs

Get affordable, hands-on experience and practice with scientific approaches in one of three concentrations—physical education and sport, community health and exercise science.

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • 3 Specialized Concentrations
  • Unique Core and Elective Course Topics
  • Hands-On Internship and Capstone Experience Opportunities
  • Flexible Online Learning Platform

About the Bachelor’s in Health & Human Performance

Experience a high-quality online education in physical activity and well-being with EOU’s health & human performance degree. You will learn the mechanics of the human body, along with the psychological and physiological processes that are important for movement and health.

Whether you want to teach health in a school or community program, pursue graduate study in health education or pursue nursing, dentistry or another medical field, this degree program is a crucial first step. Online students have opportunities for internships, community partnerships and capstone experiences by working one-on-one with faculty members to find local placement.

Available Concentrations for Your Degree

Health & human performance is a fast-growing career field. Choose from three concentrations to tailor your degree to your career goals.

Physical Education and Sport

Most students in this concentration prepare for teaching K–12 or post-secondary health courses (which might require a master’s in teaching). You will learn about motor development, movement analysis and physical development across the lifespan.

Exercise Science

Once you complete this concentration, you will be eligible for certifications in strength and conditioning, personal training and inclusive fitness training. You could also enter graduate study in dietetics, physical or occupational therapy and physician assistantship.

Community Health

The community health concentration will prepare you for the development and implementation of health programs in a variety of populations. You will be able to educate the public about disease prevention, injuries and illness as well as substance abuse and healthy habits.

Health & Human Performance Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in health & human performance requires a core of courses including lower- and upper-division courses. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

The program core includes credit hours in the basics of anatomy and physiology, physical activity, exercise and behavior training.

You will also complete credit hours in your concentration. In physical education and sport, you will learn how to teach various sports as well as the psychology and physiology of them.

In exercise science, you will learn applied anatomy and physiology along with sports and nutrition. Community health courses involve cultural competence, adolescent development, aging and substance abuse.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135 credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“I love the flexibility of online schooling through EOU. I can fit in all that I need to get done throughout my day and I can do schoolwork at a time that is convenient for me… I especially appreciate how helpful the staff are… Thus far, I have had a great online experience at EOU and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering continued education.”
– Amanda Machuca-Martinez; former EOU student; Fruitland, Idaho

Admission Requirements

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*Only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.*

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Experience the health, clinical, performance and education aspects of physical activity
  • Familiarize yourself with scientific and community based approaches
  • Receive practical instruction that applies health theory
  • Prepare for master’s programs, if desired
  • Complete project-based learning in your community

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fitness trainers make a median annual salary of $39,820; and the 13 percent growth rate through 2028 is faster than most occupations.¹

Health educators and community health workers can receive a median annual salary of $46,080, and can expect an 11 percent growth rate through 2028.²

If you go on to complete certifications or graduate degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry or teacher education, your salary could be larger.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Yes, we will help you find and complete an internship that is local to you. Your capstone experience will work the same way.

The bachelor’s in health & human performance will open doors to many careers. With the degree, you can work in public health education, strength and conditioning coaching, personal training or corporate wellness. If you choose to pursue other certifications and/or graduate education, you could work as a nurse, dentist, chiropractor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietician or K–12 educator.

The faculty in health & human performance are highly qualified and committed to your success. Currently, each faculty member is tenure-track. You will work one-on-one with a faculty member throughout your degree program.

Our diverse faculty have many areas of expertise and are made up of a mix of full-time and part-time professors.

You can complete the program in just four years. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹Fitness Trainers and Instructors. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

²Health Educators and Community Health Workers. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from