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 (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Eliza Frechette, Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology, is the winner of the 2016-17 College Outstanding Teacher Award. The award is given annually to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.
A new interdisciplinary research project led by John Sirard, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and James Kitts, Professor of Sociology, has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help understand patterns of health behaviors and outcomes among diverse urban adolescents in Massachusetts.