Public health and education
Health, Recreation and Community Services
Health, Recreation and Community Services

Become a team leader.   

Health, Recreation and Community Services (HRCS) covers a wide range of disciplines. Athletic training. Outdoor recreation. Public health. Tourism. Nonprofit leadership -- and more. These programs help shape you for success as part of a team, an organization and a community. All are built on the foundation of premier faculty, facilities and experiential learning that you can count on from the UNI College of Education. 

athletic trainingAthletic Training 

If you want to translate your interest in health, sports and science into becoming a certified athletic trainer, UNI is the place to be. We were the first in Iowa to offer a master’s degree in athletic training – now the minimum required for certification. If your interest lies in other health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, physician assistant or orthotics/prosthetics, our athletic training and rehabilitation studies undergraduate major gets you started. In both programs, you’ll learn in the classroom and with professionals in various settings, including UNI’s own Human Performance Center and Wellness and Recreation Center.

public health at food bankPublic Health  

Through public health, you become part of the solution in disease prevention through assessment, intervention, education and evaluation. With emphases in global health, wellness and fitness, nutrition, women’s health and environmental health, your focus may be a neighborhood, a corporation, health and community organizations -- or a village halfway around the world. And with a UNI education, you’ll be more than prepared.

Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership

recreation therapyDo you like being outdoors? Thinking and living healthy? Working with others in a meaningful way? A degree in recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership helps you turn those interests into a career. Our newly renamed program (previously leisure, youth and human services) reflects the focus of today's students and numerous career options. Coursework and experiences may guide you toward leading a mission-driven nonprofit, crafting a community tourism plan or working with adult and youth programming, including using recreation as part of therapy. The choices are yours to explore.

Why UNI? 

Health, recreation and community services at UNI offers you:

  • dedicated, student-first faculty who lead and speak with expertise, and are with you every step of the way.
  • great experiences, from learning alongside UNI team trainers to hands-on practicums with local nonprofit agencies. 
  • accredited degree programs, including the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) and the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
  • renowned facilities, with clinical, classroom and laboratory space in the Wellness Recreation Center and Human Performance Center.
Kathy Scholl

Welcome! We are happy that you have found us and would welcome the opportunity to discuss any one of our programs with you in greater detail. We are quite proud, not only of our programs, but of the many opportunities we have to offer students outside of the classroom as well.

~ Kathleen G. Scholl, Ph.D., Department Head