Department of Health and Kinesiology

Purdue University's Department of Health and Kinesiology (HK) confronts issues related to health and movement through discovery, student learning and community engagement to optimize health and prevent disease. Our research focuses on the major challenges of today including increasing metabolic disease, aging-associated disability, and health-related behavioral factors. Utilizing a multidiscipline, team approach, Health and Kinesiology researchers bring advanced methodologies to the study of these challenges through faculty-led, student-engaged research. We shape the future by preparing the next generation of leaders, helping others develop and sustain a healthy and active lifestyle. From physical activity and health professionals to researchers and policymakers, HK graduates are tackling health concerns around the world.

The Department of Health and Kinesiology is one of nine departments within the College of Health and Human Sciences with a unique set of responsibilities:

  • Advancing our knowledge on disease prevention and treatment that optimizes individual and community health
  • Training scholars who will contribute to knowledge and understanding of health and movement sciences across the life span;
  • Preparing professionals as athletic trainers, public health and health promotion advocates, and human movement specialists;

Programs of study in Kinesiology and Health lead to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Our roots are grounded in the 1920s with the formation of separate departments of Women's Physical Education and Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Physical Education. Today, 658 undergraduate students and 39 graduate students are enrolled in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Our rich history of discovery, learning, and engagement has paved the way for an exciting future.

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