Health and Kinesiology
The kinesiology major is designed for students interested in studying and researching human movement and sport. Many students in this major plan to attend graduate school or professional school to study kinesiology, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy or other allied health professions. Optional concentrations are available in clinical exercise physiology and sports medicine.
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Graduate students can choose to pursue a Master of Science (MS) and/or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), working with faculty members within five research training areas: athletic training education administration; biomechanics, motor control and motor development; exercise physiology; exercise psychology; and recreation and sport management.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology is committed to fostering lifetime learning opportunities. Take your career skills to the next level with any of our online certificate programs.
Faculty in the Department of Health and Kinesiology aim to understand both the benefits of human movement and the consequences of inactivity throughout the life span, whether they’re investigating balance in young children or exploring the relationship between exercise and chronic disease.Learn More
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Health and Kinesiology aims to foster a safe and welcoming environment that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for all in our research, academic programs and community engagement activities. In addition to DEI opportunities within our academic programs, there are opportunities to join a variety of organizations that emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion, such as the American Kinesiology Association, American Society of Biomechanics and the American College of Sports Medicine.Learn More
Through our outreach programs — the A.H. Ismail Center for Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine; Exercise is Medicine on Campus; Purdue Athletes Life Success (PALS) Program; and the Physical Education Homeschool Program — we work to partner with individuals and organizations to build the foundations for healthy and productive lives.