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Department of Public Health and Human Performance

Joey Boswell '18

As a military veteran, Joey Boswell ’18 found SUNY Potsdam later in life—a transformative decision that helped him transition from a tumultuous time in the U.S. Army... read more.

Kristine Demeter
Kristine Demeter '18 (M.S.)

Kristine Demeter ’18 is an integral part of the health coach program as a graduate assistant for the class taught by Assistant Professor Brent Crow—the same course she took as an undergraduate student... learn more.

Nate Skidmore
Nate Skidmore '18 (B.S.)

SUNY Potsdam exercise science major Nate Skidmore ’18 recently completed an intensive internship, at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Middleton, Mass. He had been working with collegiate athletes, while also observing professional athletes training with company founder Mike Boyle, as part of a hands-on learning experience... learn more.

Dr. Chris Torres
Dr. Chris Torres

Dr. Christopher M. Torres joined SUNY Potsdam’s exercise science program last fall with the theory of making exercise fun, a philosophy he tries to impart to his students... learn more.

Joey Boswell '18

As a military veteran, Joey Boswell ’18 found SUNY Potsdam later in life—a transformative decision that helped him transition from a tumultuous time in the U.S. Army... read more.

One of the overall goals of the community health field is to be proactive, creating a sense of overall well-being within communities by providing programs that focus on illness and injury prevention.

Two of every three deaths and one in three hospitalizations in the United States are linked to preventable risk factors like tobacco use, accidents, high blood pressure, obesity and alcohol abuse, making preparation in the field of community health highly desirable in today's job market (Healthy People 2010, 2000).

The Department of Public Health and Human Performance offers the following degrees:

The M.S. in Community Health prepares students to practice in the field of public health, which serves to enhance health through education, research, and policy. The curriculum fosters development of core public health competencies, training students to plan, implement, and evaluate both urban and rural health initiatives.

The B.S. in Community Health prepares graduates to pursue careers in substance abuse prevention, nutrition education, sex education, safety and injury prevention, disease prevention, therapeutic recreation, and environmental health advocacy, local or state public health departments, hospital outreach and education programs, community-based programs and agencies, social service programs and agencies, national health organizations, and corporate wellness programs.

The B.S. in Exercise Science focuses on the scientific and applied study of the human body with regards to performance and prevention of injury. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will learn the research behind and the application of sound exercise and physiology principals.

The Community Health Minor is designed for students who wish to add specific health knowledge and skills to another major.

The Fitness Minor will provide students with an understanding of the role of behaviors (including diet and physical activity) in human health, as well as an in-depth examination of fitness.

The Nutrition Minor provides students with an in-depth examination of nutrition as a community health concern.

The Sexual Health Minor enables students to examine a range of sexual health issues in the context of community health.

The Therapeutic Recreation Minor prepares students to help special populations use their leisure time in engaging, healthy and meaningful ways.

The Wilderness Education Minor prepares students to become leaders in wilderness settings. If winter camping, rock and ice climbing interest you or are already your passion, this is the program for you.


“I love all of my professors in my department. Brent Crow is awesome! He’s a professor that can teach you in a way that you forget that you’re learning, because what he says is so interesting—He says it in such a fun upbeat manner.”

Kristine Demeter ’18