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

Kinesiology doctoral student Marcos Amalbert-Birriel

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Marcos Amalbert-Birriel has been selected as a 2022 fellow of the National Institutes of Health-funded Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Career Development. He joins a cohort of 16 young science leaders from institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Kinesiology doctoral student Melanna Cox

Kinesiology doctoral candidate Melanna Cox appears in a new video from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) promoting the newly updated 11th edition of the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. In the video, Cox – who contributed to the new guidelines – shares what has been updated in the Children and Adolescents section of Chapter 6, Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations with Special Considerations.

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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.