UMass SPHHS Department of Kinesiology Summer Institute 2019

KIN 597W-ST: Wearable Technologies-Objective Monitoring of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

This 3-credit graduate level course provides a thorough overview of using wearable technologies to objectively monitor physical activity and sedentary behavior in research and practice. Students will learn through a combination of on-line discussion of assigned readings, residential expert lectures, peer interactions, and hands-on engagement with different types of wearable technologies focused on objectively monitoring physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Wearable technologies are now widely used by researchers, practitioners and the lay public to a track a variety of free-living physical activity, sedentary behavior, and health parameters in real time. The market for fitness and health-related apps is large and growing. There will be continued need to expose students and researchers to these technologies and their possible applications. This course is designed to provide course participants with theoretical and practical knowledge related to using wearable technologies as an objective way to monitor individuals’ physical activity and/or sedentary behavior in laboratory and free-living environments. 

KIN597W ST:Wearable Technologies-Objective Monitoring of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior
Class # TBD, 3-credits, can be taken for full transferable credit or audited.  
View the syllabus


Catrine Tudor-Locke, PhD, FACSM, FNAK, Professor of Kinesiology and Dean for Research and Administration, School of Public Health and Health Sciences  

Institute Dates: summer session non-standard dates: June 24th - August 9th, 2018

  • Online portion of the course: June 24th - July 26th
  • Required UMass Amherst Residency: July 29th -August 2nd
  • ​Final Project due (electronic submission):  Friday August 9th  

Institute Required Residency:

All students are required to come to UMass Amherst for the residency portion of the course.  Residency classes run on the following schedule: 

  • Monday, July 29th: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 30th: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 31st: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (afternoon off to hike, bike, or tour area)
  • Thursday, August 1st: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 2nd: 8:0 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  (afternoon off to hike, bike, or tour area)

Classes include both lecture and hands on laboratory section interacting with different wearable technologies.  All classes will be held in the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) building.  
S330 Life Science Laboratories
University of Massachusetts Amherst
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9364


For non-local students: housing and meals are available.
Housing will be in the North Apartments.  Each apartment has four single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully applianced kitchen.  Please note that during the summer months, pots, pans, and dishes are not provided.  Bed Linens are included in the room fee, however, you are welcome to bring your own. You are also welcome to bring dishes and utensils and cook in the apartment.   Apartments are fully furnished, air conditioned, and have cable and secure WiFi access.  The apartments are a quick 5-7 minute walk to the classrooms in IALS, a 5-7 minute walk to the Franklin Dining Commons, and a 10 minute walk to the UMass Recreation Center.   

Meals are pay as you go. Cash and credit card are welcome at all locations.  You can eat in the Franklin Dining Commons, Blue Wall dining area (located in Campus Center), prepare you own meals in your apartment, or leave campus and have lunch in Amherst or Hadley.  

Students have the option to use the recreation center or Totman pool during their stay.  This is pay as you go per day.  

You can view a campus map here

Institute Fees: 

Lab fee: $75  (toward continual upgrade of wearable technologies used in class.)
Course tuition: $1845.00
Registration fee: $47.00
Room fees (August 11th - 16th): $55 per night plus $12 for linen
WiFi fee: Free
Parking: Free (lot 44 only with provided permit) 
Meals: pay as you go Franklin Dining Commons

  • Breakfast-$8.75
  • Lunch-$11.25
  • Dinner-$14.25

Exercise/UMass Recreation Center Use fee: $3 per day (must be 18 years or older to use recreation facilities.)
Total estimated cost: $2,400.00

For international students:

If you are planning on traveling to UMass from another country, you will need to apply for a US B Visa (tourism visa.)  For the most part, if you are from a European Country, you can go online and apply.  For others, including China, Mexico, Columbia, and others, you may need to go to the embassy and apply.  You may want to print a copy of the program brochure to bring with you, both to the embassy and when traveling to present to customs.  You can download the brochure here.

How to Enroll: Enrollment for the Institute will open on  Monday, March 11th 2019.

For UMass students: 
If you have an active UMass student account, you will simply need to request a summer 2018 enrollment appointment.  Download instructions on how to do this. Once you have the enrollment appointment, you can enroll in the course.  If your UMass student account is inactive, please follow the instructions for all other enrollees. 

For all other enrollees: 
You will need to first create a UMass student account.  Please click here.  Do not attempt to log in, instead you want to click on "Non-degree enrollment application" on the right side menu.  Complete the application and hit submit.  In a couple of days, you will get an email from our IT department with your login credentials.  Once you get this, go back here, and log in.  

Next, you will request an enrollment appointment.  Download instructions on how to do this.

Finally, once you have the enrollment appointment, you can enroll.  Download instructions on how to enroll. You will search by class number, which will be posted by the enrollment open date.

Logistics for on-campus stay July 29th - August 2nd:

Please arrive between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday August 11th 2019. 
Park in Lot 44, in the North Apartment area.
Check in: North Building C lobby
Passes: Your Student ID, room/building key, WiFi access pass, and parking pass will be distributed at check in.  

Student Orientation:
Sunday August 11th from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. 
You will meet Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke and Program Director, Lori Peterson.  After a brief welcome message, we will take a tour of the campus including, classrooms and dining halls.   

Departure and move out:
All students must be out of the apartment by 2:00 p.m. on Friday August 16th. 

Contact information: 

Program Administrator:
Lori Peterson, MS 

Catrine Tudor-Locke