Department of Health, Kinesiology and Sport

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Discover Your Passion for Learning

Welcome to the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport where we offer Bachelors and Masters Degrees with majors / minors / concentrations in Health and Physical Education – Teacher Education, Exercise Science (Health-Fitness and Pre-Health Professional Concentrations), Health, Therapeutic Recreation, Sport and Recreation Management, a totally on-line Master of Science Degree in Sport Management, and a Sport Coaching Certificate.

Our mission is to enhance theory and practice, scholarship and service, about, in, and through human movement, healthy living, physical activity, and sport.

The department emphasizes the cross-disciplinary foundations of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport while providing both theoretical and practical knowledge related to the biological, physical, socio-cultural, philosophical, and psychological factors underlying health and all forms of physical activity and sport.

Graduates from our programs can gain immediate entry into a number of physical activity, health, and sport related jobs or can seek advanced study.

Congratulations to all our graduates and current students and their many accomplishments:

Graduates Accepted into Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

  • Lincoln Norris – University of South Florida
  • Madison Lewis – University of South Alabama
  • Ashley Powell – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Taylor Ferrell – University of South Alabama
  • Madison O’Hearn – University of St. Augustine – Austin, Texas
  • Gavin Patterson – Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Macey Forehand – University of South Alabama
  • Miller Matzek – University of South Alabama
  • Taylor Barnickel – University of South Alabama
  • Tasheena Jacques – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Noah Taylor – Alabama State University

Graduate Accepted into Master of Occupational Therapy Program

  • Emily Russell – University of Florida,  Doctorate of Occupational Therapy
  • Luke Ostergaard – University of South Alabama
  • Carolyn Mostellar – University of South Alabama
  • Gabrielle Monk – University of South Alabama
  • Sydney Smith – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ashtyn M. Bellais – University of South Alabama

Graduate Accepted into Physician’s Assistant School

  • Taylor Rice – University of South Alabama
  • Makenzie Dunning – University of South Alabama

Students who completed an Undergraduate Honors Thesis

  • Braden Urban – The Efficacy of RUSI and SmartPhone Accelerometer for Detecting Fatigue-Associated Changes in Scapular Mechanics
  • Keele Smith – Acute Effects of Neural Gliding and Dynamic Stretching on Hamstring Flexibility and Athletic Performance in College Basketball Players
  • Madison Lewis – Assessing selective motor control using a modified Boyd and Graham scale

Graduate Student Activities Enhancement Program Award Recipient

  • Brandon Funderburg – Validation of a Glycogen Depletion Protocol Using a Rowing Ergometer (Spring 2019) – Exercise Science Program
  • Alyssa Zediker – Sex Differences in MicroRNA Expression Following Acute Resistance Exercise - Exercise Science Program

Students who passed their National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam.

  • Alona Thompson
  • Kristen Baker
  • Virginia Luck
  • Allie Walker
  • Jessica Wright
  • Emily May
  • Melanie “Blair” Mathis
Student Awards


Dr. Schwartz and Ashley Powell

Ashley Powell
Outstanding Graduate Student
Exercise Science

Dr. Schwarz with Madison Lewis

Madison Grissett Lewis
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Exercise Science

Dr. Holden and Anthony Esposito

Anthony Esposito
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Health and Physical Education/Teacher Certification

Dr. Keshock and Patricia Martins

Patricia Martins
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Sport and Recreation Management

Dr. Montgomery and Allie Noel Walker

Allie Noel Walker
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Therapeutic Recreation