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THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND KINESIOLOGY


The Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

As one of four departments in the College of Education and Human Development, HLKN is currently home to over 3,500 undergraduate students, 246 master’s students, 70 doctoral students (3,921 total), 179 minor students, 103 faculty members, 32 staff members and 87 funded graduate assistants.

Divisions of Health & Kinesiology

The department is comprised of four divisions: Health EducationKinesiologySport Management and the Physical Education Activity Program. Each division offers various degrees and outreach programs promoting continuing education for students and the community.

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Division of Health Education

Prepares students to help people improve their health, and thereby the quality of life, through effective health education, powerful networking, strong leadership, meaningful research and selfless service to others.

Division of Kinesiology

We give students access and appreciation for all things kinesiology, emphasizing the biological basis to exercise and movement.

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Division of Sport Management

The Sport Management Program is one of the top 5 programs in the country.

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Division of Physical Education Activity Program

PEAP offers health and fitness activity classes to every Texas A&M student.

Former Student Highlight


KOURTNEY MARTIN


During her time as a Group Fitness Instructor at Texas A&M Rec Sports, she was presented with the opportunity to instruct WELLNESS WORKS! fitness sessions to faculty and staff at Texas A&M. She went on to complete her graduate internship with WELLNESS WORKS! before being named Employee Wellness Coordinator in 2017.

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FROM OUR FORMER STUDENTS


Chandler Stout ’15 discusses her experience as a Sports Management Major at the College of Education and Human Development. Chandler has been heavily involved in student organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Freshman Leaders in Progress, Conference on Student Government Association Committee, Big Event, Relay for Life-Aggieland and Fish Camp.

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Welcome from the Department Head

From Dr. Sheffield-Moore


Howdy! Welcome to the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.

The Department of Health & Kinesiology has outstanding faculty, staff, students, and facilities and has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best programs in our field. Our faculty and students are actively engaged in the practice and study of physical activity, sport and health that is making a national and international impact.

The department is comprised of four divisions including Health Education, Kinesiology, Sport Management, and the Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP). Department majors prepare for careers in allied health, athletic training, applied exercise physiology, basic exercise physiology, community health, clinical exercise physiology; dance science, motor behavior, motor neuroscience, school health (teacher certification), sport management, sports pedagogy (teacher certification), and sports physiology. Our allied health, motor behavior, basic exercise physiology, and applied exercise physiology programs provide relevant preparation and opportunities for students to take necessary pre-requisites for seeking entry into professional schools like nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and medicine or graduate study in our fields.

The department also has minors in coaching, dance, and sport management; emphases programs in sport conditioning and sport leadership; and, offers health & fitness activity courses that serve all students at Texas A&M University. The department is home to one Institute, three Centers, and 17 research and teaching labs that conduct basic and applied research designed to improve quality of life in healthy and diseased populations ranging from children to older adults.  Undergraduate and graduate students are actively engaged with faculty in research and service activities.

The department has become a university leader in a number of areas including being ranked first at Texas A&M University in class count (over 1,700 per year) and student enrollment (3,948 majors and about 430 minors).  The department generates over 98,000 student credit hours and 205,000 weighted student credit hours each year, which consistently ranks us among the top three departments at the University. According to the latest National Research Council (NRC) ranking of doctoral programs, our doctoral program in Kinesiology was ranked as high as 2nd nationally (the highest rated Ph.D. program at Texas A&M) and other national organizations have ranked our Health Education and Sport Management programs among the top programs nationally.  The National Academy of Kinesiology recently ranked our doctoral program in Kinesiology tied for 7th nationally with the University of Florida.

We are very proud of the contributions our students, faculty, and staff have made in positioning our department as not only the largest in the nation, but also one of the best! We hope that our website helps you gain insight as to the many outstanding faculty, programs and activities within HLKN.

Gig’em!

Dr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore
Head of Department

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