School of Health and Human Performance
The School of Health and Human Performance is part of Dalhousie's Faculty of Health. We offer undergraduate programs in Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation. Our mission is ‘health and wellness for all’ - we strive to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities through innovative teaching practices, community engagement, and impactful research.
We pride ourselves on small class sizes, our unique prevention health lens, and built-in experiential learning opportunities (internships, practicums, simulated and service learning) that help our students springboard into amazing careers following graduation. We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about HAHP and we hope to meet you soon!
The Academic Experience
Learn about everything your faculty has to offer. Groundbreaking research, inspiring instructors, academic options and more!
- Video: Program Introduction
- Video: Your first year of Health Promotion
- Video: Your first year of Kinesiology
- Video: Your first year of Recreation and Leisure studies
More about Health and Human Performance
The Student Experience
- Student Association for Health and Human Performace (SAHHPer)
- SAHHPer on Facebook
- Get involved in industry professional associations
- HAHP Helpers Mentorship Program
- Recreation orientation
Which program is for me?
Check out our Side-by-Side Program Chart for more information on program options and which one will be fit for you.
This program is about encouraging the health and well-being of individuals and their communities. It draws from diverse disciplines like communications, epidemiology, marketing, medicine, psychology, sociology and statistics.
Kinesiology is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human movement. You'll learn how the human body moves as a complex living system.
Lectures, labs, and hands-on learning in this program help students build skills and competencies in Kinesiology (assessment, measurement, exercise prescription, etc.). Careers following Kinesiology are broad and diverse and include optional certifications and professional designation pathways.
Recreation focuses on the use of recreation and leisure experiences to improve the quality of life of people of all levels of abilities.
Recreation Management combines business and leisure. After five years, you'll graduate with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science (Recreation) and a Bachelor of Management—with a strong background in both the recreation and management fields.
This program also focuses on the use of recreation to improve quality of life for everyone. Dalhousie's Therapeutic Recreation program is one of just a few in Canada that offers a four-year degree while preparing you to write an exam for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).