Recognizing that physical activity is vital for all people, the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University seeks to:
- Discover new knowledge and advance the understanding of the role of physical activity in attaining optimal health and well-being
- Educate members of society and prepare future professionals
- Promote healthy lifestyles through life-long activity and learning
The department serves over 1000 graduate and undergraduate students annually and has a reputation for excellent teaching with a diverse student body. The department supports state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories in applied physiology, muscle biology, musculoskeletal injury, biomechanics and ergonomics, sport business and physical education pedagogy. In addition, many faculty are influential members of their respective national and international organizations.
Students interested in careers in public school teaching should refer to the programs in health and physical education. If you are interested in a career in fitness, wellness or cardiac rehabilitation refer to the programs in exercise science. Students interested in a career in the sports industry, should refer to the sports administration program.
Doctoral programs are available for future students who already hold a master’s degree or equivalent and are interested in advanced training for teaching and research in sport science, Physical Education Teacher Education, or Sport Administration.
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Welcome from the Chair
Our Department focuses on students, instructions and research related to movement, health, and sport. We have three program areas: Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), Sports Administration and Exercise Science with each program area consisting of bachelors, masters, and doctoral level degrees. We have an excellent faculty many of which have national and internationally reputations that are indicated by national and international leadership guidance we provide. Our Department faculty and staff serve and care about our students and make focused efforts to ensure students feel comfortable and have an environment conductive to learning and growing. Students in Kinesiology and Health are more than numbers, they are part of the Department family. Faculty appreciate students, are patient with them, and exert efforts to understand their joys and struggles as they pursue their educational training.
We are unique in the educational process as we educate the entire individual; physical, mental, social, and emotional. Our faculty employ many current instructional procedures as technology, creativity and practical applications are often employed with several of our instructional models to ensure students obtain a depth of knowledge about the cognitive aspects of their major. This provides students with different learning styles an opportunity to excel in classes as we realize “one size or style does not fit all students”.
We take pride in the outcomes from our programs as we feel that our graduates are well prepared for the next stage of their life once they complete their degree. Our graduates have been admitted to some excellent graduate and professional programs upon graduation. We invite you to join our Kinesiology and Health family and enjoy your journey to a happy educated life once you earn your degree.
Welcome to the Kinesiology & Health Department
Jerry Brandon, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair