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Human Movement and Health Science Education

Human Movement & Health Science Education

The College of Education is a community of curious scholars. We believe that great educators join their students in asking questions and investigating many possible responses, rather than insisting on just one “right answer.” Our Human Movement and Health Science Education (HMHSE) candidates study the latest research and thinking in the fields of athletics, fitness, recreation, and health, and then test those theories in numerous real-world settings.

The mission of the HMHSE program is to prepare educational leaders who promote quality programs for physical, health, physical activity, recreation, and sport programs in a variety of settings.

Experiential Learning

As an HMHSE student, you’ll complete a wide range of courses—from playing and coaching individual sports to dance and fitness—and receive focused attention from experienced faculty. Your field and clinical experiences will prepare you for work with children and adults in academic, health, and workplace settings. Our graduates are highly sought after by schools and fitness- and health-related organizations.

Students have participated in experiential learning opportunities in numerous local school districts—Indianapolis Public Schools, Metropolitan School Districts of Pike, Lawrence, and Washington Townships along with select charter and private schools—and many non-school settings, such as the Jewish Community Center, YMCA, the Riviera Club, St. Vincent's Sport Performance, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU Health, Riley Hospital for Children, Primetime Sports, Butler Athletics, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

View the HMHSE curriculum sheet

The HMHSE program also has two minors: Recreation and Sports Studies (RSS) and Sport Coaching.  These minors are open to ALL Butler students, in any major, who are interested in health, physical activity, recreation and sports. For more information on these minors, visit our Undergraduate Minors page


In February 2013, the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) declared Human Movement and Health Science Education a nationally recognized program. This is the highest possible distinction for an undergraduate program in our disciplines that signifies we are meeting the national accreditation standards for preparing quality professionals.