Department Information


The SJSU Health Science and Recreation Department has a long and proud tradition, both in the region and in the field. We are guided by our mission, our core values, and a set of guiding principles that help us "make choices that matter." Our diversity statement sends a powerful message of our commitment to an affirming and inclusive environment for all.

Our MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for public health (CEPH). Click to read more about our MPH accreditation and our department's history.

The Recreation degree has been in operation since 1945 and is the oldest undergraduate recreation degree program in the State of California, and the second oldest program in the country (preceded only by the University of Minnesota). The first graduating class was in 1947. The academic discipline of recreation has been accredited since 1987, proving its rigor, innovation, relevance, and excellence. The program has a distinct set of Mission, Vision and Values along with a five year strategic plan make into hyper link.

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. 

COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality. In the United States, accreditation of professional preparation curricula is conferred by non-governmental bodies, which are often closely associated with professional associations in the field. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate degree programs in this profession.