Kinesiology Graduate Program Description

Lab ImageThe Department of Kinesiology has assembled a nationally and internationally known group of faculty involved in the study of the importance of physical activity for an individual's physical, social and mental health. Our faculty is engaged in a wide variety of study; from the role of kinetics of muscle oxygen exchange in health and chronic heart failure to the contribution of physical inactivity to the development and maintenance of childhood obesity. Projects range from the use of animal models to study disease states to the testing of novel intervention programs designed to change the health of whole communities. The common theme that binds us together is the study of physical activity and health.

The Department of Kinesiology offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science degree. Students usually choose one of the three emphasis tracks. The first is the Physiological Basis of Physical Activity (e.g. exercise physiology, pathophysiology). The second is Public Health Physical Activity Behavior (e.g. exercise psychology, physical activity epidemiology, physical activity promotion). Students completing this emphasis can seek certification by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Public Health Physical Activity Specialist. The third is Clinical Exercise Specialist. The emphasis in clinical Exercise Specialist encourages students to gain expertise in both physiological and behavioral issues related to physical activity promotion. In some instances, students choose to design programs that integrate all areas of focus. Individual programs are determined by the major professor, the student's supervisory committee, and the student.

The department is also an active participant in the KSU Master of Public Health Program, a University interdepartmental program. Among other areas of emphasis, students can focus their studies on food safety, infectious diseases, human nutrition, physical activity, or a combination of nutrition and physical activity program. In addition, faculty from the kinesiology department participate in the doctoral (Ph.D.) programs housed in Human Nutrition with an emphasis in Public Health Physical Activity and Anatomy and Physiology. This allows students the opportunity to earn a doctorate with a Kinesiology Professor as the student's major professor.

Research Facilities

Graduate students are provided many opportunities to work and conduct research in laboratory, clinical, and community physical activity service settings. Physical activity and Public Health Lab, Youth Health Behavior Research Laboratory, Kinesiology Social Epidemiology Laboratory and the Human Exercise Physiology Laboratories and the Cardiovascular and Thermal Physiology Lab are located within the Ahearn complex. The department's Cardiorespiratory Exercise laboratories are housed within the Department of Anatomy and Physiology animal research facility, which is located at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Laboratories

Program Strengths

The Kinesiology Faculty has emerged as a national leader in the science of health-related physical activity. Graduate education, research and service activities are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as private corporations and health foundations. Strong collaboration efforts with other academic units on campus such as the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and Human Nutrition and the Masters in Public Health Program provide valuable research and applied professional preparation opportunities for students.

Financial Support

Graduate research and teaching assistantships are available and are renewable for two years. Assignments include assisting with faculty research, teaching laboratory portions of kinesiology courses, and working in adult, corporate, and disease prevention and rehabilitation exercise programs. Applications for assistantships should be made as early as possible. Initial offers for the fall semester are typically made my March 1. Graduate Assistantships

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