The Department of Kinesiology in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human movement, investigating the mechanical, neurological, biochemical, physiological, and behavior components of human movement. The Department offers a wide range of academic programs including:
Kinesiology majors use tools from molecular biology, neuroscience, engineering, medicine, and computer science to work on unique problems in a diverse array of settings that include laboratories, hospitals, health and wellness centers, and field environments. They are prominent in the health and fitness industry, in the health care system, and in the growing biotechnology industry, particularly in areas related to cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and metabolic health.
In the Spotlight
A new interdisciplinary research project led by John Sirard, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and James Kitts, Professor of Sociology, has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help understand patterns of health behaviors and outcomes among diverse urban adolescents in Massachusetts.
A research team headed by Jane Kent, Professor of Kinesiology, and Frank Sup, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, have developed an advanced type of ergometer which can be used inside the strong magnetic fields of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to study how human muscles function.