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
Jane Kent, Professor of Kinesiology, has been named Chair of the Department. She takes over for Professor Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of Associate Dean of Research and Administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March.
A research team including Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger, conducting the first direct chimpanzee muscle measurements, reports that chimp muscles’ maximum dynamic force and power output is just about 1.35 times higher than human muscle of similar size, a difference they call “modest.” The findings debunk popular notions of chimpanzee "super strength" and shed new light on human muscle evolution.