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Welcome to SJSU Department of Health Science and Recreation!

Our mission (which is currently being refined through our strategic planning process) is to prepare leaders and practitioners who promote health and improve the environments in which we live, work, learn, and play.  We strive to embrace a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner Model through student, alumni, faculty, and community engagement to advance practices in public health and recreation fields.  Our focus is on communities and populations, and the people, policies, environments, resources, supports and opportunities that create the optimal, meaningful conditions for health and wellness for all.

This is a very exciting, important time in Health Science and Recreation.  Along with their commitment to quality education, our experienced faculty members are involved in innovative research and community projects.  Our talented students are diverse, passionate, and deeply engaged in the classroom and the community, for example, through internships and community-service learning.

We are all committed to the sustainable growth and meaningful transformation of our department in order to respectfully meet both the needs of our students and the needs of professional fields within public health and recreation service areas not only here in San Jose and Northern California, but also nationally and globally.

Our new department chair shared in his introductory remark has initiated to facilitate our collaborative, iterative process for strategic "journey" planning and execution through working with and engaging our stakeholders including student, alumni, and faculty representatives.  Please stay tuned for our announcement of new identity, vision, mission, and priorities co-created through this inclusive action-oriented strategic planning process around the spring of 2019.

All of our programs incorporate student-centered curriculums with our commitment to community development, social justice orientations, interdisciplinary and intercultural/globalized approaches with its emphasis on rigor and innovation, high-impact experiential learning, and career-focused applied orientations.  Please follow the links below or in the side bar to the specific programs in our department: 

Public Health Undergraduate Program

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Recreation Program 


Interested in becoming a lecturer with the Department of Health Science & Recreation?

Our department regularly adds instructors to our lecturer pool and welcomes potential new qualified faculty to get in touch. Please look through the courses in our course catalog and email your description of expertise/qualifications and CV to our department chair to express your interest in being considered for a lecturer position.


Is a degree in Recreation for you?

Check out this video with current Rec majors to learn more:


Application open for changing major to Public Health

Please complete this google form application. You can learn more about the application process on our About the Major webpage.



In the News: A dose of nature: doctors prescribe a day in the park for anxiety.

Check out this story from NBC about Parks Rx. What's Parks Rx, you ask? Why, it's only one of the best responses to daily stress, is all. View the story to learn more!


The Recreation degrees have a new logo:

Rec.RT Degree Logo

The Recreation degrees continue to evolve here in the new College of Health and Human Sciences! Our new Recreation and Nature minor will launch in fall 2019, so please keep a look out for that opportunity. You can also see what's going on among current Rec students and alumi by visiting our Rec Mgmt Facebook page. Curious about the kinds of jobs you can land working in recreation and leisure? Check out this job page from the National Recreation and Park Association.