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
The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Institute for Applied Life Sciences are jointly searching to fill two positions in the Kinesiology Department at the Assistant level in the area of 1) physical activity, sedentary behavior, and health outcome measurement using wearable biobehavioral sensors, and 2) in the area of energy metabolism.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger has been elected to the position of President-Elect of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He will serve a three-year term on the ASB Executive Board as President-Elect (2017-2018), President (2018-2019) and Past-President (2019-2020). He previously served as the ASB Program Chair in 2013-2014.