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Welcome to SJSU Department of Public Health and Recreation (PHR)!

With our new slogan of "Achieving Health and Wellbeing for All," we are committed to preparing 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.  

Overall, our mission is to cultivate a learning community, advance scholarship, and act as an agent of social change within the domains of public health and recreation through serving our diverse SJSU PHR students and alumni and partnering communities to facilitate personal and community transformation.   

This is a very exciting, important time for further building our community of SJSU PHR Department.  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.  The aim is 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.

All of our programs incorporate student-centered, practical competence-based 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 


PHR's Spring 2020 Welcome Event was a big success! And congratulations go out to our grand prize award winner, Monica Rivera, who won a spring 2020 student parking pass! Here's the happy award winner with Department Chair Dr. Yoshi Iwasaki! 

Photo of Monica Rivera and Chair Iwasaki

And congratulations are offered to Maria Vargas Murillo who won a $12 Spartan Dining card for participating in our post-event online survey. 

New strategic plan and department brochure:

We are very pleased to unveil our new strategic plan (short-versionlong-version) articulating our new vision, identity, mission, and guiding principles, as well as our new magazine-like 56-page brochure (Brochure/Catalog).  Please click these hyperlinks to download.  We are very grateful for kind, generous contributions of our strategic planning committee over seven months, and our partnership with SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the production of our brochure!

Interested in becoming a lecturer with the Department of Public Health & 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 resume 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

We consider applications to the Public Health major at the end of the fall and spring semesters.  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!


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Our new Recreation and Nature minor has officially launched as of Spring 2020 semester! 

Recreation and Nature Minor Announcement

Looking for Rec employment? Check out this job page from the National Recreation and Park Association.