Recreation and health education

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Recreation and health education involves the study of recreation and leisure and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.

My program provided me with the knowledge, confidence, and ability to plan, organize, and facilitate awesome wellness experiences for the clients that I work with.


Bachelor of Arts Major in Recreation and Health Education Co-operative Education Program

About the Bachelor of Arts Major in Recreation and Health Education Co-operative Education Program

This interdisciplinary degree is an excellent foundation to work in the public and not for profit sectors as it prepares graduates with a foundation that supports personal and social change. Course work focuses on planning, implementing, evaluating and supervising recreation, leisure, fitness, wellness and health promotion programs, services and policies. Your learning is enhanced through involvement in cooperative education experiences. The Co-op combines academic study on campus with alternating periods of work in a variety of exercise and/or fitness-related settings.

Program information

Level: Undergraduate

Program length: 4 1/2 years

Intake: 30

Includes summer term: Yes

Co-op: Paid Co-op

Full-time or part-time: Full-time

Department: EPHE

Location: UVic

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Master of Arts in Leisure Service Administration

About the Master of Arts in Leisure Service Administration

This degree is a program of study focusing on administration and management of recreation and leisure service organizations. This program is under review, please contact for more information.

Program information

Level: Graduate

Program length: 2 years

Intake: 16

Includes summer term: Yes

Co-op: No

Full-time or part-time: Full or part-time

Department: EPHE

Location: Online

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What you can do with a degree in recreation and health education:

  • Program co-ordinator

  • Community development officer

  • Personal trainer

  • Health promotion planner

  • Cultural services manager

  • Fitness leader

  • Sports and recreation manager
  • Child development specialists

  • Camp leader/director

  • Workplace wellness specialist

  • Senior’s wellness specialist

  • Events manager

  • Park interpreter

  • Youth agency director

  • Exercise therapist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Massage therapist

  • Physical therapy aid

  • Occupational therapist

  • Coach
  • Teacher or professor