Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies

Health, Human Performance & Leisure Studies

Exceptional Health Studies grounded in Truth and Service

Department Chair:

Dr. E. Newton Jackson, Jr.

Burr Gymnasium
Room 1011
600 Girard Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20059


Office: (202) 806-7142

Building Healthy Minds and Bodies

Emerging health issues, the connection of a healthy mind and body, the important roles of teaching and coaching in education, the philosophy of a lifetime of healthy activities, the increasing complexity of the business of sports, and the Aristotelean concept about the necessity of a relationship between thinking and movement are all the focus of learning and research in our department.

As a result, a wide range of opportunities are available for students. It is in this context that our department offers four programs of rigorous and challenging study.

Featured Article

Dr. Jason Perry Presents Research Successfully at National Conference

In February 2020, Dr. Jason Perry, professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Leisure Studies, presented research at the 2020 Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Louisiana State University (LSU). His research entitled "Building Student Confidence in Career Readiness by Engaging in Sport Management Internships for Students at a Historically Black University" was well received by a national audience.  Read the Article

Featured Article

Congratulations Dr. Bond on Recent Publications!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Vernon Bond on his most recent published research articles: 1) Bond Jr. V, Retta T, Kumar K, Dorsey J, Gorantla VG, Millis RM.  Mood responses to passive and active motion leg cycling, exercise in healthy sedentary young adults.  Advances in Preventive Medicine. 2020; ID728013, 7 pages; doi: 10.1155/2020/7282013. 2) Gorantla VR, Tedesco S, Chandanathil M, Maity S,  Bonds Jr. Read the Article

Dr. Edwin B. Henderson

The Father of Black Basketball

Howard Alum, Dr. Edwin B. Henderson, petitioned Howard University in 1909 to adopt his YMCA basketball team, the 12th Streeters. Howard University agreed and the 12th Streeters became its 1st varsity basketball team. Going on to win the championship in the Colored World Basketball League. 

“Edwin B. Henderson set the tone and created the infrastructure for African American participation in athletics, by creating leagues and associations for black athletes and referees when no such thing previously existed.”
— Edwin B. Henderson II (grandson), 2008