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Mission Statement and Objectives

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion strives to provide quality educational degree programs for students interested in teaching careers in Health and Physical Education or careers in the diverse field of Exercise Science. It is our mission to offer programs that enhance the lives of our students by making them marketable for meaningful employment by:

  • Applying theoretical models by implementing practical experiences
  • Involvement in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Preparation to participate in professional, social, and technological change
  • Providing exemplary leadership through teaching in the classroom and in the field
  • Demonstrating effectiveness in teaching and internship opportunities

As one of the oldest departments on campus, the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion (KHP) consists of three degree options and one Masters program: Exercise Science (Bachelor of Science), Health Education (Bachelor of Science), Physical Education (Bachelor of Science), and Sport and Fitness Management [concentration in Exercise Science] (Master of Science). The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion also offers minors in Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Nutrition.

Objectives of the KHP department include providing students with knowledge and applications in their content area of choice while promoting life-long learning and exploration of knowledge.

The purpose of the undergraduate Exercise Science Program (Bachelor of Science) is to prepare students for careers in fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical exercise testing and prescription, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, health-fitness/wellness, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. The program includes concentrations in pre-health professions, health and wellness, or nutrition, and incorporates coursework from five academic departments spread across two colleges. The program provides coursework and academic preparation to permit successful entry into graduate health profession schools nationwide, with an emphasis on preparation for entry into graduate health profession schools in the fields of Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Physician Assistant (PA). Students will also be prepared to sit for certification examinations offered through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and other organizations in the related fields of Health and Fitness, Clinical Exercise Testing, and Strength and Conditioning.

The purpose of the undergraduate Health Education Major (Bachelor of Science) is to provide students eligibility for secondary (grades 6-12) teacher certification in Health Education in the State of Alabama. Students learn how to write, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate personal, community, and school-based health education programs.

The purpose of the undergraduate Physical Education Major (Bachelor of Science) is to provide a teacher education program in physical education. The Physical Education program allows you to become a candidate for teacher certification in Physical Education (grades P-12) in the state of Alabama.

The purpose of the Sport and Fitness Management (Master of Science) program is to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage in the practice of management in a variety of settings. You will be provided with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to accomplish these objectives. The graduate degree culminates with a thesis or a non-thesis practicum or internship option.

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