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Kinesiology & Health Promotion Major

If you’re passionate about wellness and fitness, a kinesiology degree provides the theory and practice to prepare you for professional work in schools, private agencies, clinical environments, government or business. Selecting a concentration in either kinesiology or health promotion, you'll have the opportunity to influence the physical activity, health, lifestyle and productivity of individuals, communities and organizations.

Watch the video below as Johnny Herrera talks about how Grand View's Kinesiology program set him up for success when competing against students around the country for spots at some of the most coveted medical schools.

Why Grand View?

  • Opportunities to improve the health and wellness of individuals and organizations.
  • Hands-on learning in new state-of-the-art labs.
  • Supervised internships in a variety of settings.
  • Focus on effective behavior change theory and application.
Choose Your Path

Whether it's custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Kinesiology Concentration
The kinesiology concentration focuses on enhancing the health of individuals through understanding the role of movement. This field is changing quickly in response to our aging population, increased cost of health care and the important role lifestyle factors play in one's health. With a strong foundation in the natural and social sciences, you will gain knowledge and skills needed to provide scientifically grounded, community-focused, and ethically principled expertise to a diverse clientele, from children to older adults.

Health Promotion Concentration
The health promotion concentration focuses on promoting the health of individuals, communities, organizations and worksites to bring about cultural change. You may also want to consider our Pre-Physical Therapy preparation that aligns your curriculum so you will be ready for graduate studies.

Career Options

The kinesiology program at Grand View will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Your future awaits as a:

  • Wellness Program Director
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Health Promotion Planner
  • Personal Trainer
  • Wellness Coach

The kinesiology program is a great route to Grand View's Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements
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Athletic Training 3 + 2

Looking for fast-track toward becoming an athletic trainer? How does completion in five years at Grand View University sound?

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GV Degree Combinations

You may also be interested in one or more of the following:

Awards and Accomplishments

Zeb Sullivan • "Finney: The battle to keep athletes healthy" was a special feature in The Des Moines Register about Zeb Sullivan and the Kinesiology department at Grand View.

Alumna Shares Her Story

"I followed my interest in wellness to an internship with Meredith Corporation, where I got to see what it’s like to run a wellness program for 500+ employees. The internship, coupled with my classroom experiences, led me to graduate school at the University of Utah and a graduate assistantship with PEAK Health and Fitness."

--Melanie Ellis '15, B.A. in Health Promotion with concentrations in fitness and wellness management

What You Can Expect

In the Kinesiology and Health Promotion program, we repeatedly expose you to career opportunities. The major was designed to provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for success in your future endeavors. You will gain real-world, hands-on, experiential learning during your culminating internship experience.

This field is changing quickly in response to the aging population, increased cost of health care, and the understanding of the important role lifestyle factors play in one’s health. Graduates will have the opportunity to sit for national certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Certified Health Education Specialist.

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Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center

Aside from being a recreation center, the Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center contains classrooms used by nursing and kinesiology students. Equipped with technology, the instructional space creates many opportunities for interactive experiences. A learning resource center and therapy rooms provide additional opportunities for engagement and real-world applications. An 81,000 square-foot building, the Wellness Center also houses a weight room, inside track, two gymnasiums, as well as offices for faculty and coaches.

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