Kinesiology

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

Associate professor of kinesiology Ned Debold

Associate Professor Edward “Ned” Debold has been selected by the American Physiological Society to receive the 2022 Marion J. Siegman Annual Award Lectureship. This award recognizes “established investigators who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of contractile processes in muscle which has opened new avenues of investigation in the field.”

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Amanda Paluch

A meta-analysis of 15 studies involving nearly 50,000 people from four continents offers new insights into identifying the amount of daily walking steps that will optimally improve adults’ health and longevity – and whether the number of steps is different for people of different ages. Led by Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Amanda Paluch, an international group of scientists who formed the Steps for Health Collaborative found that taking more steps a day helps lower the risk of premature death. 

Featured Video

Graduate students from across all SPHHS departments tell us why they love UMass, why they chose to attend, and what their education has given them.