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Department of Health and Kinesiology

The mission of the Department of Health & Kinesiology is to prepare students for success in the fields of health and the movement sciences. Further, the department aims to optimize human performance and promote healthy living through excellence in research and community outreach.

The department offers studies that prepare for a variety of careers related to health, education, exercise science, athlete training, fitness and other fields.

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

Aims and requirements of each of the department's degrees are described on the linked pages.

A student pursuing studies in health or kinesiology should be aware that requirements other than those of the Department may apply, including requirements related to:

In addition to its programs leading to academic degrees, the Department of Health and Kinesiology hosts the Lifespan Wellness Research Center and the Patriot Academy.

  • The Lifespan Wellness Research Center is both a facility and a program, designed to positively influence health-related behaviors of individuals affiliated with the University and the wider community. The program provides opportunities for research and hands-on learning experience for students. Services offered by the Center include fitness testing, body composition assessment and personal training. For more information contact Timothy Lowe (903-565-5749;
  • The Patriot Academy provides developmentally appropriate motor skill instruction for home-schooled children. In the process, the Academy serves as a lab for observation and instruction of kinesiology majors in the Department's teaching methods and motor development classes. In spring 2015, classes will meet from 1:00-2:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning January 12. For more information contact Sarah Cowan, Administrative Assistant, Department of Health and Kinesiology (903-566-7031;
  • The Annual Physical Education Workshop: The Department hosts an annual Physical Education Workshop featuring a nationally accomplished Physical Education Teacher as its facilitator every second week of October. The participants are drawn from Physical Education Teachers and Coaches in Upper East Texas; and PE Teacher Trainees from local Colleges and Universities. The workshop features a stimulating assortment of fun-packed, educational games and ideas not only focusing on participation and involvement for the large class, but that intrigue, engage, and motivate students. The presentations provide all inclusive, fun activities, which in turn minimize discipline problems and maximize participation. All activities are hands-on and every participant is actively engaged. At the end of the workshop, certificates are awarded to the successful participants. For more information contact: Dr. Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, 903-565-5530; or Judy Stanley,


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