Online HHP Graduate Degree Emphasizes Health and Fitness

Dr. Christopher Herrera, in front, second from left, poses with a group of graduates following commencement ceremonies.–Courtesy photo

by Laura Nelson

Sul Ross State Univ. offers a variety of graduate programs delivered completely online that give students the opportunity to develop professional skills while learning at home.

If you are interested in educating and supporting members of your community to achieve their health goals and their athletic and recreational endeavors, explore our Master of Science in Health and Human Performance (HHP) degree. Students develop advanced knowledge and proficiencies that enhance careers in academia, health education, and sports settings with online instruction that emphasizes collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. Graduates understand the connection between behavior, health, and chronic disease, and are prepared to educate and support others to achieve their health and human performance goals.

The 30-hour curriculum is delivered online and courses are offered in a shortened 8-week format. Using the Blackboard learning environment, students participate in sessions with peers and faculty at regular intervals. Even though the formal learning is all online, many assignments include the need for students to network within the communities in which they live to collect data and conduct experiments, providing authentic application of course material. Students may enter the program in any semester, and if qualified, could complete the degree in one year.

A group of faculty with expertise in a variety of disciplines such as applied physiology, coaching theory and practice, educational leadership, group dynamics, and sports administration provide quality instruction in their fields. Dr. Chris Herrera serves as the HHP program coordinator. He redesigned the program while taking coursework in an online teaching certification program in 2017, creating a standardized format for the core classes.

Herrera commented that program success is built on the success of HHP graduates, adding that Justin Hales, a 2020 HHP graduate, said, "I continually learned and grew as a student but most of all as a leader. Thanks for pushing us all and challenging us to do more and be better."

The HHP program develops lifelong learners who are equipped to become future leaders in their field of practice. To learn more about this dynamic degree program, contact Herrera via email at or by phone at 432.837.8375.