Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion!


“The opportunities provided by the Exercise Science program are endless: from internships, to research, to the Living Learning Community. Never before have I been so heavily involved in academics beyond the classroom, and never before have I been so greatly rewarded for taking the extra step. On top of that, the enthusiasm and care shown by my instructors made them a joy to both learn from and connect with. Looking back, I could not have seen myself in any other program, and I can assuredly say that I am a stronger student, leader, and person because of it.”

Nolan Dreyer
Exercise Science Program Graduate

Physical Therapy Student at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

The KHP Department is one of the fastest-growing departments at UK, with over 1,000 undergraduate majors. We have a variety of programs from which to choose including Exercise Science, Teacher Education Programs in Physical Education and Health Education, and Health Promotion. We also offer a minor in Health Promotion.

The courses offered within these undergraduate degrees provide educational opportunities that are both intellectual and physical. The programs integrate materials learned in a classroom setting that can be applied in practical field experiences. Major course experiences cover proper methods used in teaching P-12 health and physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, sports, etc..

Graduates with degrees in KHP are employed in areas such as physical education, health education, health promotion, physical therapy, sports leadership, fitness specialties (e.g., personal trainer, strength and conditioning, etc), coaching and various health professions.

Information about tuition and fees can be found here: https://www.uky.edu/registrar/. Information regarding tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information can be found here: https://www.uky.edu/studentaccount/refund.htm

Degree Programs

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Get Involved

There are a variety of ways for our students to be involved. We offer a practicum in Exercise Science where students work in settings such as Physical Therapy clinics, hospitals, YMCAs, fitness facilities, and other locations so that students get real-world experience. KHP offers a Living Learning Program located in Woodland Glen IV, where a group of KHP students live and are involved in many health-related programs such as career exploration, learning about healthy living, and teaching others about health.

KHP students may also get involved in our undergraduate KHP Club, which is active in service projects, career education and social activities. KHP also offers all UK students a choice of 58 classes a semester in our Life Fitness program, which are one-credit classes in a variety of activities, ranging from Kickboxing, to Zumba, to Weight Training.

KHP faculty and staff are known as student-friendly, so if you have not yet visited us at Seaton Building on South Campus, please come by. It is a busy, fun place to study, learn, exercise, and be involved!

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