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The Department of Kinesiology is one of three departments in the College of Health Sciences, which was formed in July of 1999 as part of a reorganization of programs across the University. The College was expanded in 2006, with the merger of UT and the Medical University of Ohio, to include MUO's former College of Health Science. The Kinesiology Department was created from the Exercise Science Division of the former Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance and the Anatomy and Physiology unit of the University's Community and Technical College. It represents a major commitment by the University to the attainment of excellence and national visibility as a premier program in the field of Exercise Science.
Through academic programs leading to the BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Exercise Science and Athletic Training, and the BS in Respiratory Care, more than 600 students now pursue one of the Kinesiology Department's programs. Graduates are employed in public schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, governmental agencies, and in private business and industry across the country and throughout the world. Through basic and applied research, as well as through a variety of forms of clinical service, the department is actively involved in scholarship and in service to the community. Students at all levels and in all degree programs play a vital role in this process.Students pursuing degrees in the Department follow programs of study leading to a wide variety of professions in rehabilitation, science, education, sports medicine, wellness, and many medical and allied health fields. Through classroom, laboratory, and field experiences students seek to understand why and how individuals engage in physical activity, how disease and disability influence human movement, and the effects of physical activity on the body.