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
UMass Amherst recently named Kinesiology major Greg Petrucci '17 a Rising Researcher for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Rising Researcher program celebrates undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.
Assistant Professor John Sirard and John Staudenmayer, Professor of Math and Statistics, received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop methods for establishing more accurate assessments of physical activity and sedentary behavior in young people.