About Us


We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful, innovative, and diverse regions of the world. Our faculty, staff, and students reflect that diversity, and we are proud to embrace it as a central part of who we are.

Our accredited Recreation program has been a central part of San José State University and the surrounding community since 1947. Our MPH program, established in 1970, was one of the first in the country outside of a school of public health, accredited since 1974. We share a proud history of service, leadership, and innovation.

The partnership of health science and recreation that has been happening as a pioneer in our department is actually part of a larger movement nationwide and beyond. More and more, interdisciplinary community health initiatives include public health and recreation partners. As recreation professionals make major contributions to public health advocacy and interventions, health professionals are also better understanding the importance of meaningful leisure and recreation as a key determinant of health.

Progressively, we are at the forefront of transformation. What a great time to be studying and being part of Health Science and Recreation! We are especially fortunate to be located in a region rich with bold and innovative community health activity. Health Science and Recreation alumni are leaders in many of the local health, recreation, and community service agencies in interdisciplinary settings. Their colleagues regularly join them in support of our department's classroom instructions, internships/community-service learning, research and scholarships, and professional development.

Accordingly, our HSR department embraces and benefits greatly from our respectful/meaningful engagement with our students, our alumni, and our community and professional partners not only in San Jose and Northern California, but also nationally and globally!