Health and Physical Education

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Welcome to the Department of Health and Physical Education

Your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle is anything but ordinary, so why should your degree be?

Mount Royal's Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE) responds to the growing need for community health and physical activity champions in Western Canada and beyond.

The BHPE focuses on creating experienced and well-rounded graduates prepared to become strong health and wellness advocates in the community or pursue further education at a graduate or professional school level.

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

With a fresh approach to health and physical education that is unique to Western Canada, Mount Royal's distinctive four-year program emphasizes a comprehensive approach to health and physical education while providing students with valuable hands-on experiential learning opportunities in and outside the classroom.

You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of four majors, with each major offering current outcome-focused approaches that emphasize collaboration and leadership skills needed to champion the movement in your community.


Note: All the majors take a common first year of study. This allows you to enter the program and discover firsthand where your health and physical education passions lie. Courses will provide experiential learning in addition to theoretical knowledge.

Athletic Therapy major

Help athletes at any level become champions. The therapy you provide could be the final piece of the puzzle for an athlete to reach the podium — help them reach their top potential of physical activity. Over the course of four years, the Athletic Therapy major provides a comprehensive approach to physical activity, health and wellness. The skills and knowledge you will acquire will provide you with a well-rounded education that will expand your career and/or education options at a graduate or professional level.

Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership major

Open a world of opportunity for yourself in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership's unique program that explores the theoretical and practical applications of sustainable tourism, socio-cultural heritage, outdoor adventure programming and facilitation, entrepreneurship, leadership and communication. Gain valuable foundational skills in backpacking, canoeing, xc and backcountry skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, wilderness survival and rock climbing. Create a diverse toolbox of skills in key areas of program planning, risk management, leadership, environmental stewardship, critical thinking and problem solving that can be applied effectively across a wide spectrum of sectors.

Physical Literacy major

Physical literacy incorporates elements of physical activity, mental and social well-being while fostering the motivation, confidence to lead a healthy and active life. It is much more than participating in sports and physical activity, it's about leading others, and ourselves, to live an active and healthy lifestyle. The skills and knowledge you will acquire in this program will provide you with a well-rounded education that will expand your career choices or education options at a graduate or professional school level.

Sport and Recreation Management major

Get the best of both worlds as you benefit from Sport and Recreation Management's innovative blend of theory and real-world experience, for example working with sports teams or in recreational facilities. Develop business acumen that will prepare you to launch your own business venture or bring an entrepreneurial perspective to an organization.

Athletic Therapy, Post Bachelor's Certificate

Help athletes reach their top potential by providing the therapy needed to prepare and repair their bodies.

The Athletic Therapy Post Bachelor's Certificate, delivered over two academic years, is for those who have a degree in a related field such as kinesiology, physical education, sports medicine, exercise science or other related fields. The skills and knowledge you will acquire in this program will help expand your career and education options.