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
From arthritis and heart failure to diabetes and menopause, many conditions are associated with muscle weakness and increased fat deposits. Now a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Jane Kent, Professor and Chair of Kinesiology, is applying a unique approach to examine the effects of fat tissue on skeletal muscle structure and function in young and older men and women.
A publication from Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Potter has been selected as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Editors’ Pick. The article, titled “Dogs as Support and Motivation for Physical Activity,” originally appeared in the July issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports, the official clinical review journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Kinesiology senior Katelyn Pennell is forging her future by taking advantage of all the School of Public Health and Health Sciences has to offer. Through her experience gained from her Athletic Training Internship with the UMass Amherst Football team trainers, she was able to create her own internship focusing on strength and conditioning.