School of Health, Physical Education, & Leisure Services

Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services! With historic roots dating to the 1870s, our academic program has established itself as a leader in providing quality professional education experiences in the areas of athletic training; health; leisure, youth and human services; and physical education. Our faculty is dedicated to providing students with an outstanding educational experience that is linked to the highest standards of professional service.

When you come to UNI, you'll find a friendly atmosphere and scholarship of the highest quality. You will learn from professors who are leaders in their fields of study. In and out of the classroom, you'll have access to state-of-the-art technology. Your classroom experience will be augmented by the many student organizations and international opportunities that form UNI's culture of excellence and service.

The School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) is one of the oldest programs in the United States.  Physical Education courses were offered in 1878 and a Department of Physical Culture was established in 1896.  In 1978, HPELS was established, combining the Men's and Women's Physical Education, Health and Recreation programs and today has five academic divisions:  Athletic Training; Health Promotion and Education; Leisure, Youth and Human Services; Physical Education; and Liberal Arts.  The School enrolls about 1,300 majors and minors and offers undergraduate and graduate majors in health promotion, health education teaching, physical education teaching, movement and exercise science, athletic training, leisure, youth and human services.

Major facilities include a nationally award winning Wellness Recreation Center (WRC) and Richard O. Jacobson Human Performance Center (HPC).  Resources include five aerobic/dance studios, six racquetball courts, two multipurpose courts, 1/10th mile jogging track, fitness/conditioning area, leisure pool, instructional pool with seating for 300, 40-ft. climbing wall, and eight seminar and classrooms.  Laboratories include athletic training, biomechanics, exercise pysiology, psychomotor behavior, and strength & conditioning.  The center also houses the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence, computer instructional laboratory, student computer center, rhythm and movement studio, and wellness resources laboratory.  The HPC promotes a unique public/private partnership and includes space dedicated to sports medicine and youth development.