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Department of Kinesiology

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 and the Ph.D. in Human Ecology with a specialization in Kinesiology. Students usually choose one of two emphasis tracks. The first is Exercise Physiology (including pathophysiology), while the second is Exercise Behavioral Science (e.g. exercise psychology, physical activity epidemiology, physical activity promotion, public health physical activity). Students completing the latter emphasis can seek certification by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Public Health Physical Activity Specialist.  In some instances, students choose to design programs that integrate several areas of focus. Individual programs are determined by the student in conversation with his/her major professor and the student's supervisory committee.

The department is also an active participant in the KSU Master of Public Health Program, a University interdepartmental program. Among the areas of emphasis, students can focus their studies on physical activity, food safety, infectious diseases, or human nutrition. 

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