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


Our Vision

Physical and Mental Wellness for All

Our Mission

Through effective teaching, innovative research and meaningful partnerships, we develop, apply and advance knowledge in health promotion, kinesiology, and leisure studies.

Our Values

 As a community of students, scholars, practitioners, researchers and lifelong learners, we:

  • Value broad perspectives of health and wellness
  • Respect all voices by committing to integrity, equity and inclusion
  • Embrace innovation and change
  • Strive for meaningful collaborations
  • Champion scholarship and critical inquiry

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, 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. Students are asked to consult with their individual school/college to determine the specific guidelines and expectations regarding the required portfolio.

Equitable Admissions Policy

Purpose of the Policy

This policy is intended to create opportunities to increase the support and admission, and graduation of students who self-identify as belonging to historically underrepresented groups: Persons of Aboriginal/Indigenous ancestry (especially Mi'kmaq), members of racialized groups, persons of African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), Acadians, persons with (dis)ability, and persons belonging to minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI) groups.


Persons eligible to be considered under this policy must self-identify. 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 their 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. 
Dalhousie University offers a variety of services to 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). 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 their 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

Students may follow the Appeals process as outlined in Academic Regulation 24.6 - Faculty of Health Student Appeals Process.   

7. Bereavement Leave

When an immediate family member dies, the student is entitled to up to seven consecutive calendar days away from the School. Immediate family is defined as the student’s spouse or common-law partner; the student’s father and mother and the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother; the student’s child(ren) and the child(ren) of the student’s spouse or common-law partner; the student’s grandchild(ren); the student’s brothers and sisters; the grandfather and grandmother of the student; the father and mother of the spouse or common-law partner of the student and the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother; and any relative of the student who resides permanently with them or with whom the student permanently resides.

“Common-law partner”: means a person who has been cohabiting with an individual in a conjugal relationship for at least one year, or who had been so cohabiting with the individual for at least one year immediately before the individual’s death.

Non-family member funeral leave: Students may take one to three days off to attend the funeral of a close, non-family member.

Verification: Students should contact the Student Services Advisor (SSA), Stairs House, 6230 South Street (494-3809, as soon as possible to allow her to contact necessary course instructors. Students will be required to provide evidence of the death of the family member to the SSA. If the leave is to extend beyond 7 consecutive calendar days, the student should once again contact the SSA to determine whether arrangements can be made to miss additional time. The student may also need to consult with individual course instructors on whether or not it is feasible to miss additional time and still be successful in the course(s). In cases where a student will be/has been absent for longer than a week, it may be advisable for the student to consider withdrawing from the term's classes. In this case, the student should discuss their options with the SSA.

Degree Programs

The School offers the following programs:

  • 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 BSc (Health Promotion), BSc (Recreation) and BSc (Recreation)/BManagement and April 1 for BSc (Kinesiology), of the student's third year. BSc (Recreation)/B Management 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. 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