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Medicine, Health, and Well-being


Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

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Kinesiology studies the “how” and “why” of human movement. You’ll focus on understanding interactions among physiological, anatomical, neuropsychological, and biomechanical factors that affect human health and performance. Additionally, you’ll learn to assess and develop effective strategies to enhance health, improve performance, prevent chronic disease, and promote recovery.

Contact Info

Kevin Ballard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Program Leader

Department of Kinesiology and Health

106 Phillips Hall

420 S Oak St., Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Required courses include chemistry, physics, statistics, human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology, among others. A few of the courses you will take in the Kinesiology major include:

  • KNH 184 Motor Skill Learning and Performance
  • KNH 244 Functional Anatomy
  • KNH 381 Biodynamics of Human Performance
  • KNH 468 Physiology of Exercise and Physical Activity
  • KNH 482 Exercise Prescription: Healthy Individuals & Individuals with Chronic Diseases/Disorders

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Career Options

Kinesiology prepares students for careers in medicine, physical or occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, chiropractic, athletic training, and other allied health professions. Kinesiology is also an appropriate major for students interested in various careers or graduate programs in health and fitness, strength and conditioning, clinical research, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Additional Opportunities

  • Hear about the program

    Kevin Ballard, professor of kinesiology, walks you through the specifics around the Kinesiology program and the opportunities you’ll have in the labs and outside the classroom.

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  • State-of-the-art laboratories

    Our labs complement your work in the classroom and foster critical thinking, reasoning, and other basic principles of liberal education. Includes the anatomage table, METIman (life size patient simulator), and more.

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  • Student Organizations

    Want to get involved in a student organization related to your major? Check out some of the clubs offered through the department: Exercise is Medicine on Campus, the Pre-Physical and Occupational Therapy Club, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Anatomy and Physiology Club, and more.

    Get Involved in Student Orgs

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • #1 in the State of Ohio for 2021

  • 74.5% accepted to physical therapy programs

    Mallory Wilson Center Data

  • 62.8% accepted to medical schools over last 4 years

    Mallory Wilson Center Data


Smith researching at McCollough Hyde Hospital
  • As an undergraduate, Kelsey participated in hands-on kinesiology research with a dedicated professor sharing his expertise. She credits that experience for her success as a physical therapist today.

    Kelsey Biller ’15

  • I presented at a national conference because I did research. It looks really good on med school applications. And, I like to work with patients and talk to them. I'm passionate about it and can do that with my research.

    Vincent Smith '19
    Kinesiology, Pre-Medical Studies

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