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Exercise science and kinesiology programs at the College of Health Solutions are based on our commitment to improving health outcomes through movement, exercise and wellness. Both disciplines study the mechanics and movement of the human body. Exercise science focuses on the effects of physical activity on the human body and kinesiology includes biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor control.
A variety of careers are available in the fields of exercise science and kinesiology, including personal fitness training, sports management, athletic training, coaching and recreational therapy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for exercise physiologists and athletic trainers is projected to grow 19% through 2022. Our students develop the skills and strategies needed to apply current knowledge and research about physical activity, health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance, disease prevention and treatment, and rehabilitation to real-world needs.
We offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as certificates and academic minors, in the exercise sciences and kinesiology. Students learn in-depth scientific knowledge and gain hands-on experience on our Downtown Phoenix campus, with some programs also available at ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City. Our programs prepare students for careers and research to promote health through physical activity and to enhance human performance, while helping to prevent or manage disease and support rehabilitation.
Low levels of physical activity are understood to be predictive of poor health outcomes like cardiovascular disease and obesity. Many people do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. We are committed to engaging in and applying research designed to promote health and well-being and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases across lifespans. Our faculty and students research some of the 21st century’s biggest public health problems related to low levels of physical activity. We are invested in research that promotes healthy lifestyles; reduces the physical, social and economic costs of unhealthy living; and emphasizes physical activity.