Health and Human Performance M.S.

The School of Health and Human Performance offers the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance with specializations in Health Promotion and Human Performance. There is a sequenced curriculum that provides opportunities for scholarly investigation in professionally relevant areas and a capstone experience that provides application of administrative topics across specialization area. A thesis option or a significant project in a relevant professional setting is also available for a more in-depth research experience.

Candidates for the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance may pursue the Human Performance or Health Promotion programs while remaining in a professional employment position. Once finished with the program, graduates utilize their newly acquired knowledge and skills to improve job performance and to improve the quality of services to clients. Candidates may also pursue advanced study following an undergraduate program or choose to leave a job to engage in a full-time study at GC. These individuals are often looking to make a career change or to seek a new position to commensurate with a master’s degree.

Health Promotion Concentration

The M.S. in HHP: Health Promotion is appropriate for students from a variety of majors including, but not limited to exercise science, athletic training, community health, health promotion, physical education or nursing. The health promotion program is designed to assist students who wish to gain additional knowledge and skills as a health educator working in the areas of primary and secondary prevention of chronic and acute diseases and disorders and in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Coursework includes the core (nine hours) and health promotion specialization courses (27 hours.) Part-time enrollment is accommodated. The Health Promotion concentration is completely online and students take all 36 hours online.


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Human Performance Concentration

The M.S. in HHP: Human Performance meets the needs and interests of physical education teachers, sport coaches, athletic trainers and health and fitness professionals interested in the design and delivery of performance enhancement programs for individuals and team performance. Students will develop knowledge of social and psychological variables that impact physical performance and apply theoretical foundations to professional practice. Coursework includes the M.S. in HHP common core plus the six hour thesis/project (15 hours) and human performance specialization courses (27 hours.) Part-time enrollment is accommodated and students may expect to take laboratory intensive courses at the Milledgeville campus where our state of the art facilities are located. Students complete one of two synthesis options: thesis or project and related elective.


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Graduate Application Procedures

Eligibility Requirements:

Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 2.75 upper level GPA with the following prerequisites (undergraduate or graduate level courses accepted) with a grade of “C” or higher (2.0 on 4.0 scale) within a reasonable timeframe.

  1. Health Promotion Concentration
    •  Statistics
  2. Human Performance Concentration

Application Requirements

  1. Georgia College Graduate School Application and attach the following in either Word or PDF format:
    • Cover Letter/Letter of Application - State why you have chosen the program, how your background has prepared you for the program, and how the program fits with your career goals.
    • Professional Resume - Include education; honors, achievements, and awards; observation and/or internship experiences; volunteer experience; professional memberships; certifications; military services; and work history
    • References - Provide the names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references, one of whom must be academic (either faculty or advisor).
    • Any Relevant Certifications
    • Application Fee - Georgia College’ s application fee is $35 and payable at time of application submission through the online portal. This fee is waived for eligible Georgia College students and recent alumni. Please see the information on the payment portal for eligibility instructions.
  2. Transcripts
    • Official transcripts for each institution ever attended for credit (including, but not limited to, traditional enrollment, dual enrollment, transient, transfer, vocational, graduate studies, and post-baccalaureate credit)
    • E-transcripts should be sent to
    • Hard copies of transcripts should be sent to:
      Graduate Admissions Office
      CBX 107
      Georgia College
      Milledgeville, GA 31061
  3. Legal Presence Verification
    • : Legal Presence Verification Guidelines (pdf)
    • Scans of a US-issued Passport or a Georgia Driver’s license can be included with your Graduate School application or emailed directly to
    • Please refer to the instruction sheet for information on the acceptable forms of verification. (NB: scans of birth certificates are not accepted.)

Questions should be sent to:


Program Coordinators

Health Promotion Coordinator

Picture of Helen DuPree

Helen DuPree

Lecturer - Public Health
102 Health Sciences Building

MS, Health & Human Performance: Health Promotion


Helen DuPree is a graduate of two Georgia College programs: Master of Science: Health Promotion concentration and Master of Arts in Teaching for Health & Physical Education. She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was named Outstanding Graduate Student for Physical Education by GC’s School of Health and Human Performance. Professionally, Helen has organized health fairs and wellness events and assisted in connecting rural communities with essential health services. She is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Health Promotion & Behavior at the University of Georgia's College of Public Health. Her academic and research interests include health education/promotion, body image and body dysmorphia, and eating disorder awareness/prevention.

Human Performance Coordinator

Picture of Dr. Joanne Spalding

Joanne Spalding

Assistant Professor - Exercise Science
335 Health Sciences Building

Ph.D., Sport Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University


Dr. Spalding received her BA from Northeastern State University Oklahoma in Health and Human Performance, she completed her MBA from Averett University, and a MA and Ph.D. in Sports Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to Georgia College, she was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at ETSU as well as an instructor in their undergraduate exercise science department. Dr. Spalding brings with her professional practice expertise through her work as a coach at the collegiate and club level and as a sports scientist for club, high school and college level athletic teams. Her teaching and scholarship interests include long-term athletic development and monitoring at the club, high school and college level.