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.
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Professor Richard Van Emmerik hopes to help the million people worldwide affected by Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with a two-year, $833,887, grant from the Department of Defense. He and his colleagues aim to create a test that will improve on the current methods used to treat and diagnose progressive MS.
Professor of Kinesiology Patty S. Freedson retired at the end of December 2016 after serving as a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the past 35 years, including 9 years in which she served as chair of the department.