School of Education and Behavioral Studies

PBA's Health and Human Performance major allow students to engage in hands-on learning.

Health and Human Performance

You like to challenge your body as well as your mind and spirit. You can do that — and go on to rewarding careers in physical education, human performance and exercise science fields — through the Health and Human Performance department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida’s top Christian college. Recent changes in state regulations have created more health and human performance career opportunities for physical education in elementary and middle schools. PBA's physical education program is also the only certified program of its kind offered in South Florida.

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At PBA, Health and Human Performance students have the opportunity to learn about biomechanics, physiology and more, all while in a Christ-like setting.

Your Program



Your Experience

At PBA, you’ll:

  • Engage in empowering courses, like exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics.
  • Experience an education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective.
  • Engage in hands-on learning through internships — on campus and off.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to teach, coach and work in the exercise science field.
  • Enjoy a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 19.
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations, like Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE Florida) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • Gain preparation for a career as a physical educator, coach, or fitness instructor.

Your Facilities

The Greene Complex provides outstanding facilities for your education. It includes an exercise lab, fitness center, basketball and racquetball courts and an indoor track and dance studio. You’ll also benefit from the facilities of the Rinker Athletic Campus.

Your Faculty

You’ll learn from a professor who has received top awards for teaching, a professor who is a practicing physical therapist and a professor who specializes in exercise science.


PBA's Health and Human Performance major allow students to engage in learning in a Christian environment.

Your Opportunities in Health and Human Performance

With these majors you can prepare for the following careers:

  • Teacher
  • Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Doctor or Physician Assistant
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Biomechanicst
  • Coach
  • Athletic trainer

Speaking of PBA...

“America is facing an obesity epidemic. Three out of every 10 children are overweight or obese. It has never been a better time to work in Health and Human Performance. At PBA, we offer a small family atmosphere and our programs prepare students to meet the needs of our changing society."
--Denise Breitkreuz, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance; Coordinator of Health and Human Performance.