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Health and Human Performance

About the Program

Ferrum College Health and Human Performance program is a health, fitness, physical performance, and nutrition based curriculum grounded in current research and science. Our mission is to craft ethical practitioners committed to helping varied populations to optimize their health and performance. The holistic approached program is responsible for preparing students by developing and applying knowledge specific to each area of concentration resulting in empowered students that personally value and invest in lifelong physical activity. This is achieved partly by strong collaborations with professional organizations and opportunities for National Certifications as Personal Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Health Education Specialists, and Group Fitness Instructions. Students are able to design an experiential course of study that is impactful for the Ferrum community, Ferrum College students, staff and faculty, and the Ferrum College student athletes.

Karen Carpenter
Program Coordinator of Health and Human Performance
Swartz 113
B.S. Radford University
M.S. Radford University
PhD, Walden University
Shannon B. Hardwicke
Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance: Physical Education
B.S., Radford University
M.Ed., Radford University
Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Lori Mattox
Visiting Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science
Swartz 111
B.S., Shenandoah University
MS, James Madison University

Find Out More

Contact the Program Coordinator of Health and Human Performance:

Health and Human Performance curriculum may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Strength and Condition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Testing and Assessment
  • Motor Learning

Opportunities for minor in Health and Human Performance:

  • Business (Sports Administration)
  • Psychology (Sports Psychology)
  • Recreation (Leadership and Programming)
  • Coaching

Opportunities for certifications in Health and Human Performance:

  • Certified Personal Trainer – ACE Fitness
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – NSCA
  • Certifies Group Fitness Instructor – ACE Fitness
  • Certified Health Education Specialist -CHES

For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog for Exercise and Sport Studies Emphasis, B.S., Exercise Science Emphasis, B.S., or Physical and Health Education; Teaching Pre K-12 Emphasis (Teacher Education Minor required), B.S.

Ferrum College believes in hands-on learning in tandem with classroom and textbook studies.

  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
    • Ferrum YMCA
    • Rocky Mount YMCA
    • Carilion Clinic
    • Planet Fitness – Rocky Mount
    • Ferrum College – Office of Dean of Student Affairs and Campus Wellness
    • Personal Training Studio – Rocky Mount
    • Ferrum Athletics – Football, Sports Administration
    • Panera Bread – Dietary Aid
    • Swim Corp – Jefferson Country Club Pool Manager
    • Custom Wellness Solutions – Private Personal Performance Studio
  • NCAA Division III Sports

What can I be with a Major in Health and Human Performance?

  • Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Commercial Fitness
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Educator – Community and Public Health