School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Message from the Director
First, let me tell you how impressed I have been, as the new Director of the School, in meeting the very accomplished and dedicated faculty and students in the program. They truly exemplify the highest ideals of the School mission for academic excellence, integrity, dedicated service in meeting the needs of each and every student, and respect for each individual. At UNO the students always come first.
Second, I am eager to tackle the challenges that face the School as we grow into a nationally recognized research institution. The Omaha region is among the leaders in the midwest, if not nationally, in providing health and wellness related care and services in HIV prevention and care, wellness, obesity, heart disease, substance abuse, and complicating factors associated with an aging population to name just a few. Omaha is also a training and education hub for public health, physical education, recreation and wellness professionals. The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is committed to developing the scientific knowledge base to address community human resource disparities, by combatting epidemic health challenges while training and certifying health and wellness professionals.
The faculty and staff in HPER are committed to providing students with the instructional excellence expected at a research university. The faculty takes pride in their scholarship which translates to exemplary teaching and learning in the classroom. Faculty are encouraged to engage students in “real world experiential” learning strategies which include exciting “hands-on” laboratory work, field practice, and internship opportunities. Interested students are also encouraged to engage in applied field research with faculty to further enhance their knowledge and expertise. All these educational achievements are made possible in a School that has renovated all classrooms and laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and educational technology to underscore the teaching and research mission of the School.
Students engage the faculty in exciting areas of research which advance the scientific body of knowledge and serve the community in many fields of study including: Department of Defense (DOD) and NIH studies on “Novel Use of Environmental Temperature to Treat and Prevent Motor Related Disorders” or “ Human Skeletal Muscle Responses to Temperature: Implications in Health and Disease”. Other ongoing and very interesting areas of study include, “ Bone Health in Post-Menopausal Women”, “Movement Pattern Variability Recognition in Physical Activity after Stroke”, “Infant Physical Activity and Postural Control Variability”, “Wearable Activity Monitors in Adolescents”, “Understanding Movement Variability Among Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV”, “A Team Pregnancy Prevention Initiative”, and “Neurocognitive Deficits in those with Chronic Ankle Instability” to name just a few.
Please browse through our website and explore our outstanding classroom and laboratory facilities and programs. You will find the School of HPER is poised to be the leader for professional training and research in Health and Wellness in Nebraska. I invite you to visit our new School of HPER, meet our students and get to know our faculty. Let us showcase for you the new millennial School of Health Physical Education and Recreation.
Dr. Ronald Bulbulian, Director