Outdoor Recreation Programming Degree Concentration

Outdoor Recreation Programming

Health and Human Performance Degree

Eastern Oregon University is excited to offer a new major concentration in Outdoor Recreation Programming! Prepare yourself for a fulfilling career in the growing fields of outdoor recreation management and health promotion.

Eastern Oregon is a recreation wonderland.

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher”
- William Wordsworth

If you are looking for a school that integrates high-quality programs, small class sizes, affordability, and tremendous outdoor recreation amenities – then EOU is the school for you. Here are just a few of the countless recreational jewels that surround campus:

  • 361,446 acresEagle Cap Wilderness Area – largest designated wilderness area in Oregon.
  • 7,993 feet: Hells Canyon – deepest gorge in North America.
  • 7,100 feet: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort – highest base elevation of any ski area in the state.
  • 12: World-class whitewater and “Wild and Scenic” rivers in Eastern Oregon.
  • 3,669 acres: Mount Emily Recreation Area – 15 minutes to dozen of miles of mountain bike and hiking trails.
  • 4: Stellar local crags with hundreds of sport and trad routes under an hour’s drive from campus.

This major is for you!

Do you see yourself as a health and wellness coordinator, mountain guide, environmental educator, parks and recreation program manager, Forest Service recreation specialist, health education specialist,  outfitter, youth camp administrator, wilderness therapist, or business owner to name a few? The Outdoor Recreation Programming degree concentration can be your ticket to an exciting career in the burgeoning and ever-increasingly integrated fields of health, wellness, and outdoor recreation.


Program Offerings:

HHP Core (33 credits)

Human Anatomy and Physiology, Foundations of Physical Activity and Health, Behavior Change Theory, Physiology of Exercise, Capstone Project, and more.

Outdoor Recreation Programming (25 credits)

Introduction to Outdoor Recreation Management, Health and Fitness for Life, Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Programming and Leadership, Program Planning and Evaluation, Recreation Management and Entrepreneurship, and Internship in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership.

Additional HHP Courses (11 credits)

Outdoor Activity and Lifetime Wellness, Avalanche Fundamentals, Wilderness Survival, Environmental Exercise Physiology, Rewilding – Nature and Health, Expedition Planning and Leadership, Principles of Management, and Leaders and Leadership Process.

Elective Courses (Choose One)

Legal Issues for Leaders, Human Resource Management, Small Group Communication, Nutrition, Introduction to Community Health, and Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion.


For More Information

Contact Michael Hatch, Outdoor Adventure Program Director at mhatch@eou.edu or call 541-962-3621.