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About the Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences

The Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences offers a broad range of academic undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition to its academic programs, the department offers research opportunities for faculty and students in a variety of laboratories and clinics.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas is to educate students through the study and practice of the health sciences and the art of human movement. The department's specific mission is to:

  • Provide quality undergraduate preparation for teacher certification in health and physical education;
  • Provide quality undergraduate preparation for health, exercise science and sport science professionals;
  • Provide quality opportunities for graduate studies leading to the Master's and Doctorate degrees with areas of emphasis in health, human performance and physical development;
  • Add to the body of knowledge in the fields of study through faculty and student research and other forms of scholarship;
  • Provide educational opportunities for all students of the University by offering basic instruction in skill development and health/fitness education;
  • Provide meaningful professional opportunities for students, faculty and staff of the University.

The department is dedicated to the principle of providing a variety of educational experiences and related professional opportunities for students and faculty as the resources (personnel, time and facilities) will permit, and to continually work for improved programs and expanded resources.

Community Engagement Opportunities

Campus Recreation

The department offers physical activity classes for KU students and fitness and recreation facilities for faculty and staff.

Youth Programs

The department is active in community outreach with the Children's Swim Program, a summer Sports Skills & Fitness School, and Hawk Fitness Academy program.

Facility Rentals

Housed in Robinson Center, the department offers a variety of indoor spaces for athletic tournaments, birthday parties, social events, and more.

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Preparing Educators as Leaders

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