Department of Health and Kinesiology

The University of Texas at Tyler

Preparing You for a Wide Variety of Careers Related to Health, Education, Exercise and Science, Athletic Training, Fitness and Other Fields.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers undergraduate degrees in Health, Health and Kinesiology and Kinesiology and graduate degrees in Health and Kinesiology, Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Our degree programs offer a solid foundation in all aspects of Health and Kinesiology.

Graduates of our programs have moved directly into careers in various areas of health care, teaching, coaching, athletic training, business and research. Still others have used our programs as preparation for further education in graduate or professional schools.

Department Accomplishments

  • 100% passing rate on Physical Education Teaching Exam
  • 1st Accelerated BS to MS degree in Kinesiology (both degrees in 5 years)
  • "Staying Connected” Summer Semester Online Program: offering over 25 courses online to help students graduate within 4 years!
  • Student/faculty research teams presented 10 scholarly papers at State and National Meetings and submitted 4 manuscripts to peer reviewed journals for publication
  • Established the first Synchronous online MS Kinesiology program in the Country, offering online virtual teaching experiences
  • 14% increase in enrollment as a Department as whole
  • 966% increase in enrollment in Graduate MS Kinesiology Program

David S. Criswell, Ph.D., 

Professor and Chair

More Information

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    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. Find out more ...

  • The Patriot Academy

    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. Learn more ...

The Annual Physical Education Workshop

UT Tyler


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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