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Health and Human Performance Department Highlights with Janelle Handlos

February 14, 2019

Faculty in the Health and Human Performance Department work together using Experience One’s hands-on learning approach to offer students two degree options.

At Montana Western, classes are scheduled using the block system. Students take one course at a time for 18 days before moving one to the next course, providing them a more immersive education. Those enrolled in HHP gain experience before pursuing a job or graduate school options.

“The students have done the work already. They are able to develop those skills and we as advisers are able to see them do that,” said Janelle Handlos, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance.

The HHP Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance. The goal of this degree is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of human health and activity.

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Physical Education and Health K-12 offers a major or minor for those who wish to become educators. Both degree options lead to licensure in the state of Montana.

“It is important to us that people have access to top tier education so they can become qualified educators,” explained Handlos.

Handlos notes that often students return to their hometowns or surrounding areas to teach or coach upon graduation from the program.

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Additionally, the department is working with current educators who are looking to add a physical education or health endorsement to their teaching license. Facilitating distance learning opportunities for teachers allows many individuals to manage their education goals while simultaneously teaching.

“Our ability to meet the needs of these practicing teachers and address the teacher shortage in Montana is very important to us,” Handlos stated.

The HHP Department curriculum is based on experiential learning, giving students the foundation they need to be successful. Be it a career in the health and fitness industry, or furthering their education in graduate school, students in the HHP department can count on their faculty and advisers preparing them for the future ahead.

To learn more about Montana Western’s Health and Human Performance Department, please visit their department website.