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Campus Update: COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the University of Maryland School of Public Health has moved to adjusted virtual hours of 8:30-4:30 pm and will operate under a telework model. This means all offices will be closed to in-person visitors/traffic. This plan is intended to minimize risk of exposure and will operate through May 22, 2020, pending any updated guidelines/ mandates from the University.

The following primary and secondary points of contact (PoC) are provided to respond to inquiries, requests, and needs of Kinesiology via email. Please do not email the secondary point of contact until you have given the primary point of contact time to respond. We ask that you allow some flexibility in response time as we move through this adjusted format.



Primary Point of Contact Email

Secondary Point of Contact Email

Office Contact

 Dr. Bradley Hatfield

 Keisha Prawl-Woods

Advising for current students

 Polly Sebastian-Schurer

 Lindsey Winter

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Lindsey Winter


Undergraduate Affairs

 Polly Sebastian-Schurer

 Lindsey Winter



Program Overview

The Department of Kinesiology has one undergraduate major, the BS in Kinesiology. All majors in the department gain conceptual and experiential knowledge in the anatomical, physiological, psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives on physical activity, movement, exercise and sport. Our Kinesiology program is also housed in the School of Public Health, allowing students to view physical activity through a public health perspective. Today there are close to 800 undergraduates majoring in Kinesiology who will go on to further study in health professions (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine), sport-related professions (sport management, sport marketing, coaching), fitness-related professions (exercise leader, personal trainer) and other health and physical activity-related careers. Students interested in becoming physical education teachers complete the B.S. in Kinesiology and then apply to the MCERT program, a masters certification program in physical education. Others may pursue a graduate program in Kinesiology or Public Health. Eligible students can enroll in an accelerated BS/MPH program which allows them to begin graduate coursework as an undergraduate.

 Mission Statement

The undergraduate educational mission of the Department of Kinesiology is to enable students to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge of kinesiology, value physical activity and its integration within the discipline, and understand how Kinesiologists work to improve the health and well-being of individuals and society.

Degree Competencies 

At the completion of the B.S. degree in Kinesiology, students should demonstrate the following competencies: 

1. Students will interpret, synthesize, and critically analyze research underlying the kinesiological dimensions of physical activity and health.

2. Students will develop principled reasoning skills necessary to apply and extend Kinesiological knowledge to address problems that are relevant to physical activity and the health of diverse populations.

3. Students will integrate, interrogate, and communicate the connection between the scholarship of Kinesiology and the goals of Public Health. 

4. Students will engage in a diversity of physical activities both within and outside their formal curriculum.

5. Students will integrate their physical activity experiences with kinesiology sub-disciplinary knowledge.

What Graduates Do 

The Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology prepares graduates for a variety of professional opportunities. Some students come into the program unsure of career goals, but the flexibility of the major permits the development of many different and divergent career tracks. Some of the possible career tracks and graduate programs that can be pursued through this major include:

Fitness: Personal Training, Corporate Fitness/Program Director, Performance Training, Fitness Instructor

Sport: Director of Youth Sports/Camps, Coach, Athletic Administration/Director, Sport Management, Marketing, & Journalism

Medicine: Doctor, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Athletic Training, Physical Therapist, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Nursing, Prosthetics/Orthotics

Health Promotion & Wellness: Physical Education Teacher, Adapted Physical Education, Parks & Recreation Programming, Urban Planning, Epidemiologist (Physical Activity), Public Policy

Graduate & Professional Studies: Biomechanics, Cognitive-Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, Physical Cultural Studies, Public Health & Health Administration

Check out what our recent graduates are doing and where they are working in the guide below.

You can also access resources for gaining skills and experiences in the field, as well as explore career titles through multiple resources.

Explore where Kinesiology can take you by reviewing some of our alumni profiles here.