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Keep the World Moving

Whether you’re promoting healthier lifestyles in the A.H. Ismail Center for Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine or participating in service learning and internship opportunities at local, national and global organizations, the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HK) offers a variety of opportunites for you to apply your skills to real-world settings and keep people active and healthy. Additionally, by participating in the department’s research opportunities, you’ll be able to contribute to health and fitness knowledge that improves quality of life.

HHS Ambassadors at orientation

Service Learning

Whether you are volunteering your time in the A.H. Ismail Center for Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine or implementing interventions to increase physical activity across campus, the Department of Health and Kinesiology offers a wide range of service learning components.

The following courses have service learning components:

  • HK 31800 (Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Instruction across the Life Span)
  • HK 40100 (Clinical Practice in Athletic Training — Lead)
  • HK 41100 (Clinical Applications of Health/Fitness Concepts)
  • HK 41500 (Exercise As Medicine)
  • HK 44400 (Balance and Rehabilitation in Older Adults)
  • HK 49200 (Professional Work Experience IV)

HHS Ambassadors at orientation


Students majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology are required to complete a 400-hour internship in HK 49201 (Internship for Exercise and Health). HK 26900 is a prerequisite course to help you identify potential internship sites. Please review the internship procedures in the internship manual before beginning the internship process.

You must complete the following steps prior to starting the internship experience:

1. On-site Internship Job Description and Supervisor Resume

This is the most important step for the student prior to completing any paperwork for preparation of the internship. All internships must be approved by the Internship Director to ensure it will meet the requirements for the course as established by the university. A job description is required. The job description must include: specific tasks, activities, or responsibilities the of the student intern; an identified timeline of the internship; and contact information for the agency supervisor. Once reviewed/approved by the Internship Director, the student may complete the preparation materials for the internship noted below. The Health and Kinesiology department may request a copy of the site supervisor’s resume.

2. Liability Insurance

After you have accepted an internship position, you must apply to obtain Purdue University internship liability insurance and pay a fee of $13 per year. Email or call 765-494-3176 and leave a voicemail to begin the process for securing internship liability insurance.

3. Student Application Form

You are required to complete the student application form and submit it to the internship director with a receipt of liability insurance. The form requires a signature from you, the agency preceptor and the internship director.

4. Registering for the Internship

Once you have completed the steps above, you may register for HK 49200 or HK 49201 with the approval of the internship director and your academic advisor.

HHS Ambassadors at orientation

A.H. Ismail Center for Preventative and Lifestyle Medicine

Located in Lyles-Porter Hall, the A.H. Ismail Center for Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine is a collaborative effort between the departments of Health and Kinesiology and Nutrition Science. Offering a wellness center that promotes physical activity and exercise participation, the A.H. Ismail Center allows you to acquire new skills and polish skills learned in the classroom, including health and fitness testing, exercise prescription, exercise leadership, and more. You’ll also gain experience working with individuals of all ages to advance healthier lifestyles through the center’s Adult Fitness Program, which offers a relaxed exercise environment for adults in the local community. Juniors and seniors in kinesiology, public health or nutrition science majors may also choose to complete an internship in the A.H. Ismail Center as a fitness facility manager. Learn more about membership and services.

HHS Ambassadors at orientation

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research provides an opportunity to explore your career interests while further developing your communication, critical thinking, problem solving and technical skills. Learn about the Department of Health and Kinesiology’s five research areas and then click on the faculty names listed to read about their research.

If you are interested in conducting undergraduate research with one of our faculty members, please send them an email message to inquire about opportunities in their lab.