The Department of Health & Human Performance exists to educate and train students, conduct and translate research, and provide service in the areas of physical activity, preventive and rehabilitative exercise, nutrition, and health promotion. These activities engage the university and the community for the purpose of enhancing health, performance, and quality of life among all people. If these ideals pique your interest, please take a closer look at one of our undergraduate or graduate programs.


Mentor Michelle McDougal and UTC HHP student Jamara Harris.   Both were honored at the LIVESTRONG program graduation.  Jamara interned with the YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program during the 2016 spring semester.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12 week program designed for the period that cancer survivors go through between completing treatment and feeling strong enough to return to normal life. Participants are guided by YMCA staff who have been trained in supportive cancer care.  The program is more than just exercise; it is a supportive environment that gives a sense of community among fellow survivors.


HHP nutrition student Annette Kutliek was this month’s winner of “Do the Right Thing” and was awarded $500. Annette volunteers at the Food Bank promoting healthy eating and good nutrition. Food Bank officials say she has made a huge impact in the three months she has been volunteering.


UTC Graduate School Students of the Year:
Physical Activity and Health – Josh Johann
Athletic Training – Marley Simonis


Jacob Hardin, SLSA: Outdoor Recreation major, was named 1 of 16 Founding Members of the Outdoor Nation/Merrell national ambassador program.  Jacob receives a $1,000 stipend and will spend the next year advocating for the outdoors in our local region.  Jacob received this honor in part based on his large social network, ability to rally people and get them excited, and passion about outdoor recreation and stewardship.  Jacob will begin his Ambassadorship by developing and implementing a semester-long strategy engaging the UTC campus and community in outdoor recreation.


Dr. Shellie Acocello is the lead investigator of the recently submitted federal grant titled “Improving coach approachability and athlete perceived norms toward reporting concussion: attitudes and behaviors toward concussion reporting among high school football players”. This submission, for over $350,000 is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “Mind Matters Challenge”, and is co-sponsored by the U.S Department of Defense. This proposal was one of 26 invitation-only submissions across the U.S, and focuses specifically on concussion-reporting behaviors of high school football players throughout Hamilton County. The goal of the project is to examine the influence of coach and teammate relationships on individual concussion reporting behaviors and implement strategies that will correct misperceptions and improve student-athlete concussion reporting behaviors. Co-investigators include Dr. Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), Dr. Amanda Clark (Psychology), Dr. Katherine Rogers (Psychology), and Dr. Barry Kamrath (Education).


Dr. Elgin Andrews and Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste recently received nearly $2000 of internal funding to forge a collaboration between HHP students and local physical activity programs. This grant project will focus on increase experiential learning for HHP students through engaging in diverse arenas aligned with future career, and being immersed as participants and leaders in the local programs, and through by leading activities, creating newsletters, and designing and evaluating program curriculum. Some of the sites include Independent Youth Services Foundation, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), Chattanooga Sports Ministry, YMCA Mobile Fit, PlayStrong, LiveStrong, and GearUp.