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Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health

Through rigorous academics and experiential learning, our goal in this department is to prepare the next generation of leaders making an impact on health, athletics, and nutrition. Our undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize not only the study of the human body but society as a whole. We examine how to enhance quality of life, improve client/patient outcomes, and reduce local and global health disparities.

Professor Dean Smith’s functional anatomy class


Pursue a career that impacts the ways we move, nourish, and take care of our bodies. Our majors include Community Nutrition, Dietetics, Kinesiology, and Public Health, with an emphasis on training and study in the classroom, the laboratory, and the field.

Nutrition in Disease Prevention management students cooking in the kitchen lab


Our minor in Nutrition provides a basic understanding of nutrition with specialized courses in areas such as nutrition science, food studies, and population health. This minor is ideal for students who aspire to careers in health-related fields.

Faculty Members Helaine Alessio and Paul Reidy with students in the lab

Combined Degree Programs

Our combined programs allow highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue both a Bachelor's and Master's degree. These three programs are Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Exercise and Health Science, and Kinesiology and Athletic Training.

Graduate Programs

Work alongside renowned leaders in the fields of kinesiology, nutrition, and public health. Our Master's degree candidates make significant contributions to research and to community wellbeing long before graduation, thanks to immersive internships, lab projects, and clinical work.

Hands-On Learning

Beyond required coursework, we encourage students in the Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health Department to engage in research, clinical experiences, service projects, internships, and other educational activities to gain critical knowledge and skill proficiencies. Learning occurs in classrooms, laboratories, schools, hospitals, and real-world settings. Access information regarding our state-of-the-art facilities, student clubs, accreditations, and career opportunities within these fields.


Learn about the industry accreditations awarded to our Athletic Training, Dietetics, and Kinesiology programs, as well as how they may impact your academic curriculum and future career path.

Careers and Study Abroad Programs

Request academic advising, pursue an internship or study abroad opportunity, and discover career possibilities specific to graduates of the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health.


Take a virtual tour of Phillips Hall, home of our laboratories dedicated to athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, food science, health psychology, neuromuscular research, and more.


Discover the many research projects underway in the department and how both graduate and undergraduate students participate, from fundraising to field work to co-authoring publications.

Student Resources and Clubs

Get involved in one of the many student organizations officially recognized within the department, and enrich your social and campus life even as you continue to learn.

Give to the Department

Help us continue to provide the best education possible with a contribution to the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health. Your generosity enables us to continually maintain best-in-class facilities, equipment, and technology, setting our students up for a lifetime of career success.

Contact Us

Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health
204 Phillips Hall
Oxford, OH 45056