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Health and Kinesiology

Program Description

The B.S. in Health and Kinesiology has five emphases: Community Health; Emergency Medical Services; Nuclear Medicine Technology; Health and Physical Education; and Kinesiology.

Community Health Education emphasis

The Community Health Education emphasis is a career training program that prepares students for health education roles in public, non-profit, and private health organizations including government agencies, corporate wellness facilities, and clinical education programs. This emphasis include a community health track and a workplace wellness track.

Emergency Medical Services emphasis:

The Emergency Medical Services emphasis prepares students to serve the community as an allied health professional in emergency medical response. Students choose from tracks in management, wilderness rescue, and community response/fire services.

Health and Physical Education Teaching emphasis:

The Health and Physical Education Teaching emphasis prepares student to pursue a career as a school teacher. Graduate from this emphasis will develop the knowledge and skill necessary to sit for certifications exams required to be a licensed teacher.

Kinesiology emphasis:

The Kinesiology emphasis combines exercise science fundamentals along with a signature experience in community based physical activity, fitness and wellness. The emphasis is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing careers in areas such as corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. The emphasis also prepares students to pursue graduate programs in exercise science/kinesiology, physical therapy, medicine and physician assistant programs, occupational therapy, public health, and a variety of other programs that train health professionals.

Nuclear Medicine Technology emphasis:

The Nuclear Medicine Technology emphasis prepares students to develop the skills and knowledge required of a nuclear medicine technologist and graduates will be prepared to successfully complete the national exam in nuclear medicine technology that is required for certification and state licensure.

The Student Experience

In addition to the clinical hours and research projects you will complete as part of your program, consider further degree enrichment and complete a learning abroad program. If you want to get involved in the department and meet fellow students, join one of the many health-related clubs and organizations: the Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee, Connect2Health (a volunteer group connecting the community to healthcare resources), or the Health & Human Rights Interest Group all have chapters at the U.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, most students go on to complete graduate programs like occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, nursing, or medical school. Students who chose the Kinesiology Teaching track and received teacher certification may pursue careers as kinesiology educators. Students who decide to enter the professional world after graduation may find work as coaches, corporate wellness specialists, personal trainers, or respiratory therapists. Careers in sports marketing, strength and conditioning, and physical education are also possible.

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Last Updated: 8/21/23