Health and Human Performance
Location: 6230 South Street
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-2152
Fax: (902) 494-5120


Purposes of the School

The School’s mission is to develop professionals and scholars who can generate, disseminate and apply knowledge to advance health and human performance. We do this by offering undergraduate and graduate programs as well as by conducting research in health promotion, kinesiology and recreation/leisure studies.

Limited Enrolment

All programs offered by the School of Health and Human Performance have enrolment limits.

Interprofessional Health Education

Students are required to maintain enrolment in IPHE 4900.00 (see calendar section on Health Professions, Interprofessional Health Education) for the duration of their studies. Please register in IPHE 4900.00 (section 2). Successful completion is a requirement for graduation, and will be recognized further with the awarding of a special Certificate in Interprofessional Collaboration to be presented by the Faculty of Health Professions. Students are asked to consult with their individual school/college to determine the specific guidelines and expectations regarding the required portfolio.

Affirmative Action Admission Policy

Purpose of the Policy

This policy is intended to create opportunities for the admission of under-represented African Canadians, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities, in the School of Health and Human Performance.


Persons eligible to be considered under this policy must self-identify as African Canadian, Aboriginal, or a person with a disability. Although the School of Health and Human Performance is committed to supporting eligible students from across Canada, preference will be given to those who are a resident of Atlantic Canada or who have a parent residing in Atlantic Canada at the time of application.

Consideration for admission under this policy is optional. Applicants wishing to be considered under this policy must identify on the undergraduate application form.


To be considered for admission under this policy, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Those applying directly from high school must have attained a minimum grade of 65% in each of the prerequisites listed for the program of choice. Transfer students (e.g. individuals having completed post secondary courses) must have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 2.3 (C+).
  2. The applicant would otherwise not have been admitted through the regular admission process.
  3. The application and a written statement outlining his/her motivation for applying must be submitted to the Registrar's Office no later than March 15.

Support Services

Once admitted to the School, students wishing to access the following support services must identify their need to the Student Services Administrator, or the course professor.

School of Health and Human Performance:
  1. The Student Services Administrator will meet regularly with students to assist with advising, administrative needs, and other concerns.
  2. Faculty members will facilitate extra support or instruction for their course content if necessary.
  3. Faculty members who are members of the designated groups, or who are closely affiliated with those groups, will be asked to provide academic mentorship if required.
  4. Faculty whose office is in a building that might be inaccessible to students with a physical disability will arrange an alternative, more accessible, space for meeting with those students. 
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School of Health and Human Performance Regulations

1. All students must observe the University and Academic Regulations described in this Calendar.

2. Attendance

All students must attend the classes of their prescribed course regularly and punctually. When the work of a student becomes unsatisfactory or attendance is irregular, the student may be required to discontinue the course concerned.

3. Workload

The maximum course load for any fall or winter term is 15 credit hours (five half-credits) and during spring and summer terms, the maximum course load for each is 6 credit hours. Students wishing to exceed the maximum course load must receive permission from the academic advisor within the School. Permission will not normally be granted to any student in his or her first year of study or to any student who does not have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Other requests based on extenuating circumstances will be considered.

4. Grade Point Average Requirements

The grade point average system is described in the Academic Regulations.

5. Supplemental Examinations

The School of Health and Human Performance does not offer supplemental examinations in any of its programs.

6. Academic Appeals Procedures

A student wishing to appeal a decision based on School regulations should in the first instance attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor(s) concerned before proceeding as per School Appeal Procedures, See Academic Regulation 24.6.

6.a School Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals

A School-wide Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals exists for the purpose of hearing initial student appeals of academic decisions.

The student appellant is responsible for the preparation of all documentation in support of his/her appeal.

The student must submit the appeal to the Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals.

The student has the right to appear before the Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals and he/she should notify the Chair of his/her desire to do so. The student also has the right to be represented by an advocate of his/her choice.

The decision of the Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals shall be conveyed to the student, in writing, by the Chair, Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals within three working days after the conclusion of the appeal. If the student’s appeal is being denied, this notification should include information about procedures to appeal to the Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals of the Faculty of Health Professions (see Academic Regulation 25.6). It should be noted that this appeal to the Faculty Committee on Undergraduate Student Appeals must be presented within 30 days of notification from the School of the disputed academic decision.

7. Student Advisory Programs

Although many courses are compulsory in the School’s programs, considerable latitude exists for the development and extension of individual interests. To help in planning a total personal program each student is assigned to the Student Services Administrator. He/she can help students to select courses, avoid common pitfalls, interpret regulations, and solve various types of problems. Although students are responsible for their own programs and for maintaining high academic standards, they should consult their advisor regularly.

Degree Programs

The School offers the following programs:

  • Interdisciplinary Health Studies Certificate
  • BSc (Health Promotion)
  • BSc (Health Promotion) with Honours*
  • BSc (Kinesiology)
  • BSc (Kinesiology) with Honours*
  • BSc (Recreation)**
  • BSc (Recreation) with Honours*
  • BSc (Recreation)/Bachelor of Management***
  • BSc (Recreation) with Honours*/Bachelor of Management***

* Application is made to the Honours Coordinator by November 15 for HPRO, Rec (TR) and April 1 for Kinesiology, of the student's third year. Rec (Mgmt) students apply by November 15 of their fourth year. Consult department for further information.
** The BSc (Recreation) is a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
***This is a five-year combined degree in which the student will graduate with both a Bachelor of Science (Recreation) and Bachelor of Management degree.

NOTE 1: Students entering into any of the above degree programs from high school should refer to the Admission Requirements section of this calendar.
NOTE 2: Students who are transferring into any of the above degree programs with previous academic work will formulate a program of study with the Student Services Administrator, based on previous work and area of concentration. Students transferring into the BSc (Health Promotion), BSc (Recreation) and BSc (Recreation)/BManagement programs should note that the internship experiences required in the final year of these programs are normally only offered in the fall and winter terms.

School of Health and Human Performance Courses

The following courses are required for certain degree programs within the School. Please refer to the Required Courses section of the specific degree program of interest:

  • HAHP 2000.03                                                    3
  • HAHP 3000.03                                                    3
  • HAHP 3100.03                                                    3

HAHP Course Descriptions