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Welcome to the Department of Health Science and Recreation:

Our mission is to prepare innovative leaders and practitioners with knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote health and engage with, understand, and improve the environments in which we live, work and play. We embrace a teacher-scholar 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, lively/enthusiastic, and deeply engaged in the classroom and the community, for example, through internships/community-service learning.

We are all committed to the sustainable growth and meaningful transformation of our department in order to appropriately meet both the needs of our students and the needs of professional fields within public health and recreation service areas not only 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 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.


Application open for changing major to Public Health

Please complete this google form application by Monday June 4th at 11:59pm. 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

We are excited about this new logo that coincides with changes coming to the Rec degree, including a new minor with Environmental Studies, and a new vision for the degree. Stay tuned for more info!