Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University

Program Description

The Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (BPHE) is a four-year degree program that balances the science-based study of human movement with curricular opportunities that broaden socio-cultural experiences and promote health and wellness through physical activity.

In addition to prepared community leaders, the BPHE program offers students an opportunity to meet the requirements for registration in the College of Kinesiology of Ontario.

Our Teaching Approach

The BPHE program is designed to provide students with a balanced curriculum that includes lectures, labs, seminars, physical activities, research opportunities, individual study, and community placements. Studies are enhanced with components of the program being offered both on and off campus.

Unique elements of the Nipissing BPHE program include:

  • ‘Practical’ Physical Education courses — students are required to take applied physical activity courses every semester! Examples include soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, aquatics, gymnastics, canoeing, rackets, dance, yoga, baseball, golf, track & field, rugby, combatives, navigation, nordic skiing, curling, downhill skiing, canoe tripping, winter camping, mountain biking, and more!
  • Community Leadership Placement — students are placed in their third and fourth year within local health and physical activity organizations (e.g. schools, hospitals and clinics, sports teams, rehabilitation centres, etc) to contribute to their development as leaders in their field and to develop ongoing relationships with community-based services.
  • Flexibility to select courses leading to degree completion with either an emphasis on the pedagogy of Physical and Health Education (e.g. for careers leading to Teaching and/or Coaching) or on the development as a health and exercise professional (e.g. for careers leading to Kinesiology and other allied health professions).

Community Leadership Placement

The Community Leadership Placement is a non-paid work experience in an approved community setting that complements course work, previous experience, and future goals. The placement is founded on a model of community-based learning as an instrument of experiential education. It is an engaging opportunity for students to combine active learning with current community concerns. The community collaboration allows all to take advantage of each group’s strength so student learning is enriched and organizational objectives are met. You have the power to provide real-life experience that connects today’s students to their community and to inspire them to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Information for Students

Welcome to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Community Leadership Placement. You are about to take on a significant learning experience and rewarding component to your undergraduate degree. Students involved in community leadership placements around North America report positive growth in such areas as critical thinking, communication, and conflict resolution skills, sensitivity to diversity, and exposure to professional opportunities to help determine future goals.

Your placement advisor is  Jennifer Buell , 705.474.3450 ext. 4896, Office: AC201-A

Please refer to the following website for all Community Leadership Placement information:

Information for Hosts

Placements are an exciting opportunity for hosts to address a true organizational need while contributing to the education of young people in their field. As a new program, we strive to constantly improve and seek feedback from active partners. Please take the time to read through the material below and if you still have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the BPHE Placement Office.

You can find more information in our Advisor Handbook.

Your placement advisor is Jennifer Buell, 705.474.3450 ext. 4896, Office: AC201-A

Please refer to the following website for all Community Leadership Placement information:

Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships​, awards and bursaries for students in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...


Our top-rated residences will make you feel right at home. You will make fast friends with your residence community. Our student leaders, Residence Dons, and award winning residence staff give tutorials on everything from the basics of laundry and cooking to making connections within the community. Learn More...

Nipissing University Physical and Health Education Students (NUPHES)

Our BPHE students (NUPHES) are active not only within the Nipissing University community but also within the North Bay community. Click here for more information.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

Student Union

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.


Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.


Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty


Many of our BPHE graduates will go on to further post-graduate studies in Education, Research, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Medicine, etc. Two post-graduate degree options that exist at Nipissing are outlined below.

Bachelor of Education​

The Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University is built on a tradition of excellence and is committed to providing innovative education programs. As a Schulich graduate, you will have a distinct advantage in the job market. Click here for more information about our Consecutive Bachelor of Education program.

Master of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology program at Nipissing University offers a variety of unique features that make it distinct from other programs within the province of Ontario. Moreover, the program will fulfill a needed role in providing graduate school opportunities in kinesiology to students in the Northeastern Ontario region. The mode of program delivery includes traditional classroom, laboratory, and seminar settings. Click here for more information about our Master of Science in Kinesiology program.