Physical Education

Physical Education & Health

The Health and Human Performance Program contributes to the quality of life of Ferrum College students and the surrounding community through creation and dissemination of knowledge, training of educators and other professionals, and service to the community. The Health and Human Performance Program provides opportunities for students to pursue learning in diverse educational settings as well as challenges students to be caring and concerned citizens. The goals of the Health and Human Performance Program are to encourage scholarly activity appropriate to each discipline, promote collaboration with others, and to encourage service and outreach. The program is responsible for preparing students by developing and applying knowledge specific to each area of specialization, resulting in empowered students that personally value and invest in lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. This program’s intention is to educate students and the public in the science and benefits of health, physical activity, sports, lifetime activities, and healthy lifestyles.

Coursework in Health & Human Performance

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Physical Education & Health, and includes courses such as:

  • Emergency Response
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Motor Learning
  • Personal and Family Health

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Physical Education & Health:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Physical Activity Club
  • Student Virginia Education Association

Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Ferrum College believes in hands-on learning in tandem with classroom and textbook studies. Here’s how:
  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
  • NCAA Division III Sports

Health & Human Performance Faculty

Shannon Hardwicke
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
Program Coordinator of Health and Human Performance
Ph.D., Radford University
(540) 365-4385 | View Profile

Christopher R. Harnish
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
B.S., Ithaca College
M.S., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
(540) 365-4387

 Administrative Support

Kathy Fletcher
Academic Secretary to Health and Human Performance
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
(540) 365-4514 – Office
(540) 365-4408 – Fax


Find Out More

Contact Dr. Shannon Hardwicke at