Health and Physical Education

Especially popular with students who wish to teach and coach at the elementary, middle or high school level, health and physical education ensures your eligibility for Virginia's licensure in teaching Pre-K thru 12th grade health and physical education.

By studying health and physical education, you'll build an understanding of the physiological, mechanical, psycho-social and developmentally appropriate principles of teaching, and you will develop the communication and evaluation skills needed to teach at the primary and secondary levels.

Through site-based observation and teaching practicums, internships and student teaching, you acquire the tools necessary to become an effective educator. You'll also have opportunities to conduct research and participate in on- and off-campus service learning.

We offer a major in health and physical education.

Our students go on to promising careers.

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Professor Michael Maina | Health and Human Performance

Dr. Michael Maina working with students in the fitness center

Dr. Michael Maina teaches future physical education teachers at Roanoke College. He may lecture on healthy eating habits one day and participate alongside students the next day, modeling examples of ways that they can interact with their own classes when they become teachers.

Maina, a professor in Roanoke's health and human performance department, came to the college after years as an elementary school physical education teacher and as a professor at North Carolina's Methodist College and Valdosta State University in Georgia. Maina, also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, believes in the power of physical fitness.

Health and Physical Education (HPE) majors understand that knowledge and application are the best weapons in the prevention of childhood obesity and can provide individuals with a lifetime of health and wellness. 

Students working out in the Cregger Center

The Cregger Center is the Home of Health and Physical Education See it in Virtual Reality Video

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Shifting the paradigm of community health

From Roanoke College magazine: Dr. Liz Ackley's work to improve community health inequities is gaining momentum and garnering national attention.

Dr. Osterman and Dr. Ackley honored with Dean’s Council awards

Osterman’s students say she is especially responsive and challenges them to achieve. Ackley’s work has influenced local policy and community projects by encouraging healthy behaviors in young people.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • HHP 200: Foundations of Movement Models of human bones and muscles
  • HHP 207: Health Fitness Concepts & Applications 
  • HHP 305: Adapted & Developmental Physical Education

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Dr. Michael Maina, Jack Brabham, Damon Daniels, Ray Dougherty, Candice Fisher and Kailey Sitzberger in Washington, D.C. with Senator Mark Warner

Roanoke team lobbies Capitol Hill legislators for health and physical education support

Roanoke College professor Dr. Michael Maina and five Roanoke students visited Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation to support health and physical education in schools and restore federal funding for vulnerable programs. Roanoke students, Jake Brabham, Damon Daniels, Ray Dougherty, Candice Fisher and Kailey Sitzberger, all health and physical education majors, met face-to-face with lawmakers to help ensure that health and physical education are included in the federal education law which is up for reauthorization in Congress.

"It's teaching our students how to be advocates for our profession," Maina said. "They're going to be the future."