Kinesiology and Health Science

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The Kinesiology and Health Science (KHS) Department at Utah State is committed to educating and serving students and members of both local and extended communities in the fields of kinesiology, health science, and recreation administration. Our department works toward this goal as we prepare students for careers in their fields through both our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Within our department, there are four main classifications of our programs: 


Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movement. Students studying disciplines in this area are able to pursue careers in exercise science, physical therapy, or physical education.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Master of Fitness Promotion

Master of Education in Physical and Sport Education

Master of Sports Management

Physical Education Coaching Minor

Yoga Studies Minor

Health Science

Health science focuses on the knowledge of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health.

Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion

Master of Public Health: Health Education and Promotion

Recreation Administration

Recreation administration focuses on providing meaningful activities and programs to help improve the quality of life for those they serve.

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration

Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor

Parks & Recreation Minor >


Our department also offers an extensive elective lifetime-skill activity course program available to all USU students.

Lifetime Activity Program >

Students studying on campus

Under the direction of nationally recognized faculty, students are able to participate in innovative research methods and internships across the disciplines of study. The KHS department works to develop connections and relationships with the community through our programs to help improve the required internship experience of students. The department produces cutting-edge research in eight well-equipped laboratories to advance the understanding of human movement and motor behavior during physical activity.

Explore Our Research


Focused on relationships between anatomical structures, mechanics, and injuries and how they pertain to the rehabilitation of persons with disability.



Focused on measuring the amount of fat mass an individual has relative to his/her total mass



Study the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise. The equipment in the lab allows for the investigation of a variety of physiological systems and fitness parameters.



To better understand, how sensory information is used to guide our actions through the use of sensory probes, electrophysiological recording devices and psychophysics.



Focused on the physiological- and performance-based aspects of neuromuscular function ranging from the characteristics of neuromuscular fatigue to adaptations and beneficial responses of strength training.



Study how we adapt corrective balance reactions to meet environmental challenges under extreme time pressure.



Study how we plan for and control movements that occur in sequence..


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