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Kinesiology & Health Studies at Queen's University

Kinesiology & Health Studies

Location: 
SKHS Building
Room number: 
206
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
J.Côté

Undergraduate Coordinator: A.Van Der Meulen
Acting Graduate Coordinator: Stevenson Fergus

Our vibrant interdisciplinary degree programs in Kinesiology/ Physical and Health Education, as well as Arts programs in Health Studies, all emphasize prevention rather than treatment as the best route to health. From the structure of the cell to the structure of society, your studies will expose you to the complex factors which influence health and wellness. Your courses might explore social determinants of health, the biomechanics of movement, or approaches to health promotion. You might learn ways of measuring body composition, analyzing human motion or evaluating local public health initiatives. Whether you pursue the social or the physical sciences, you will definitely learn how to think and be challenged to expand your perspectives by faculty who are among the world's experts in their field.

As always, our students will be at the centre of active student life. Opportunities abound to gain work experiences to match one is classroom education by working with seniors, supporting children with disabilities, or coaching in local schools and competitive leagues. A diverse selection of options for involvement exists in sports administration, fitness leadership, athletic therapy and in the Athletics and Recreation program as a participant, athlete, official, event staff or committee member. Finally there are numerous opportunities to fine-tune your instructional or leadership skills through the non-credit instruction program and the activities of PHEKSA, the student association.

The mission statement of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies is to research, teach and promote physical, mental and social well-being from the level of the individual to society. A career related to physical activity, health and wellness can make a strong contribution to the social good. A degree from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies can help prepare you to get one and to make a difference. We hope you will come join us and find out for yourself!

Graduates of our program have found their skills and knowledge in demand in physical education, recreation and sport settings, in community health organizations, and in sport governing bodies and government agencies (to name just a few). Many have followed their interests to graduate and professional schools, often gaining employment in the rehabilitation field or allied medical professions.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours) - BPHE

Specialization in Physical and Health Education
An intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately two thirds of your courses within the discipline.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Kinesiology
An intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately two thirds of your courses within the discipline.

Major in Kinesiology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Health Studies
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Health Studies
A dual course of study in Health Studies and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Health Studies
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education - BPE

General in Physical and Health Education
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

Kinesiology and Health Studies - PhD
Kinesiology and Health Studies - MA
Kinesiology and Health Studies - MSc

First Year Courses

If you have been admitted to PHED-P-BPH, in first year you must take:
  • HLTH 101/3.0
  • KNPE 125/3.0
  • KNPE 153/3.0
  • KNPE 167/3.0
  • PSYC 100/6.0
  • PACT P01/0.0
  • PACT 100/3.0
If you have been admitted to KINE-P-BSH, in first year you must take:
  • HLTH 101/3.0
  • KNPE 125/3.0
  • KNPE 153/3.0
  • KNPE 167/3.0
  • PSYC 100/6.0

Students take up to 12.0 units in the Natural and Physical Sciences at the 100-level or above. It is recommended that students choose first-year courses that will act as prerequisites for 12.0 units of upper-year Natural and Physical Sciences courses as required by the Kinesiology program. Many students select BIOL 102/3.0, BIOL 103/3.0 and CHEM 112/6.0 but students may take any allowed course. See the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies website for more information.

HLTH - Health Studies

The Health Studies Plan is a social science concentration that addresses subject areas bearing on human health.  For the public health care system in Canada to function effectively both the social and physical determinants of health at the individual and societal level need to be understood in the context of health education, health policy, community health, and epidemiology.  The core competencies of the Plan include health processes (e.g. implementation of programs and policies), health content (e.g. nutrition, sexuality), and supporting knowledge and concepts fundamental to the evaluation of health (e.g. behaviour, lifestyle choices).  Major, Medial and Minor/General Plans in Health Studies are all available, leading to a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, with admission based on first-year standing. What it takes to study Health Studies in your second year >

Special Notes:

Students wishing to enroll in Health Studies Major, Medial or Minor/General Plans follow the standard Arts and Science admission regulations, normally applying to these Plans at the end of first year.   Admission to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours) Program is by direct-entry. Once admitted to this Program, the student will be automatically enrolled in the Physical and Health Education Specialization Plan.  Admission to the Kinesiology (Science) Specialization Plan within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program is also by direct-entry.  Students apply from high school directly to Undergraduate Admission  for access to these Programs/Plans.  

The Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Program – Physical and Health Education General Plan and the Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology General Plan are graduation credentials only available to students who are otherwise unable to complete the corresponding Honours Specialization Program/Plan.

Practicum (PACT) courses are primarily participatory in nature and as such, entail an increased number of contact hours compared to standard lecture-based courses.

Students should note that the following courses are typically offered in alternate years:  KNPE 363/3.0 and KNPE 365/3.0; KNPE 367/3.0 and KNPE 473/3.0; KNPE 463/6.0 and KNPE 465/3.0.  Typically at least one 300-level and one 400-level course will be offered each year.

Students in a Health Studies Plan may access KNPE 251/3.0, KNPE 335/3.0 and KNPE 365/3.0.  

Limited spaces for other Arts and Science students are available in KNPE 367/3.0, KNPE 450/3.0 and KNPE 473/3.0.  Upper-year students may select these courses, subject to available space.  All other KNPE courses are only open to students registered in a Physical and Health Education or a Kinesiology Specialization Plan.

Job and Career Opportunities for KIN, Health and Phys Ed Grads

A graduate of this program should possess the qualities desired of all Queen's graduates - that is, the ability to exercise good judgment based on scientific, philosophical, esthetic and quantitative knowledge. More specifically, the graduate should grasp how health care policy and social and environmental factors influence the health of individuals and populations.

  • Advocacy - Patient
  • Anatomy
  • Art Therapy
  • Athletic Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Bioethics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Broadcasting - Radio and T.V.
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Corrections
  • Counselling - Addictions
  • Counselling - Disability
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Environmental Management
  • Epidemiology
  • Fundraising & Event Management
  • Genetics
  • Gerontology
  • Health Administration
  • Hospital Administration & Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Ecology
  • Human Resources
  • Fitness & Image Consulting
  • Immigration Services
  • Insurance
  • International Development
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media – Electronic & Print
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Science
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Physiology
  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics
  • Public Administration
  • Rehabilitation Therapy – Play, Art, Music, Recreation, Drama Speech and Language Therapy
  • Sports Administration
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Vision Care – Ophthalmology, Optometry

Career Paths for Health Studies grads handout from Career Services >

Field Placement and Internships

A collaboration between Queen's Athletics and Recreation and the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies provides students in the Kinesiology or Physical Health Education programs a unique three-year, mini-stream of study that allows selected students the opportunity to explore the field of Athletic Therapy or the field of Strength and Conditioning.

There are several practicum opportunities with SKHS - have a look >

High School Background Required

  • 4U English (or equivalent)
  • 4U Biology (or equivalent)
  • 4U Exercise Science (is strongly recommended)
  • 4U Advanced Functions (or equivalent)
  • Two of 4U Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus and Vectors 4U Exercise Science (is strongly recommended)

KHPE Electives for non-KHPE students

Social Determinants of Health HLTH 101/3.0
This course is an introduction to the study of health and illness and an exploration of the social determinants of health. Topics to be discussed include: individual versus population health, gender and health, the social environment as a health determinant, the social construction of illness, and cross - cultural perspectives in health and illness.

Physical Determinants of Health HLTH 102/3.0
HLTH 102 looks at some of the many physical determinants of health beyond the obvious factors of physical activity, nutrition, and stress man agement. The objective is to provide you with an understanding that many of the different elements you are exposed to through the course o f a day could profoundly impact your physical health. To help you appreciate that it is cumulative, long - term exposures to seemly harmless things that can ultimately affect your health. By the end of the course hopefully you will have an idea of what you r “toxic load” is , and how this toxic load impacts your health and how you could reduce or attenuate it.

Basic Human Nutrition HLTH 230/3.0
A study of macronutrients, selected micronutrients, energy needs for human performance, relationship of nutrient metabolism to health, consequences of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. It examines how student's own food intake may influence present and future nutritional well-being.

Department Student Councils

The School of Kinesiology & Health Studies has two student associations:

Physical Health Education & Kinesiology Student Association (PHEKSA)

All students registered in a Physical and Health Education or Kinesiology degree program have the right to membership in PHEKSA. Students may become involved as Class Representatives, Activity Commissioners as well as other elected positions. PHEKSA has two voting seats on the Alma Mater Society (AMS) further increasing its involvement on Queen's campus.

PHEKSA student representatives are taken from all four years of the program and are responsible for organizing all activities concerning Physical & Health Education or Kinesiology students such as:

  • KIN Games
  • BEWIC Sports Days
  • Welcome Back
  • PHE/KIN Orientation - September 4 through 7, 2013.
    • Leader Application 2013 (To be posted.)
    • Vet Application 2013 (To be posted.)
  • Alumni Weekend PHE BBQ
  • Annual ski trip.
  • Motionball 2012

Health Studies Departmental Student Council (HLTH DSC)

These two associations cooperate with each other in areas of mutual interest.

Graduate Studies

With an average of 60 full-time graduate students, the School provides quality, focused education featuring:

  • studies at master's and doctoral levels
  • internationally recognized researchers
  • a multi-disciplinary environment
  • restricted class sizes
  • personal workspace within labs

All students receive their degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies. All master's programs are full-time, two-year, thesis-based programs. All doctoral programs are full-time, four-year, thesis-based programs. Areas of expertise include:

Research Highlights

The School is a multi-disciplinary environment providing excellence in research with an average of $22 million of active research annually. Working independently and collaboratively within the University and the community, the School's 17 researchers are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally.

Areas of Expertise

Queen's ranks as one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities with approximately $150 million in sponsored research funding. The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies in currently engaged in approximately $20 million of active research projects in a variety of well-equipped laboratories.

Active research labs

Kinesiology Plan Transfers

Students admitted to Kinesiology will have been placed in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program and the Kinesiology Specialization Plan. 

Transfer from Kinesiology: Students in the Kinesiology Plan who wish to transfer from that Plan to a different Arts and Science Plan, including the Physical and Health Education Specialization or various Health Studies Plans, may do so through the Change of Plan process.  It is prudent to seek academic advice from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies before changing your Plan.

Transfer to Kinesiology: Students should note that transfer to the Kinesiology Specialization Plan is very competitive and there are a limited number of spaces available. To be considered for transfer, students must satisfy the high school admission requirements for the BSCH in Kinesiology. See Admission website.  There are no specific university course prerequisites although having PSYC 100 on one's transcript is an asset. It is prudent to seek academic advice from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies before making a request, especially if one is interested in transferring between any of Health Studies, Physical and Health Education, and Kinesiology. 

**Student who have transferred to the Faculty of Arts and Science from Commerce, Applied Science, Nursing, Distance Studies or another Post-secondary Institution are unable to transfer into Kinesiology.

ASC1 students (first year going into second) should request KINE using SOLUS.

Any ASC1 student interested in Kinesiology should still participate in the Plan Selection Process and choose an alternate Plan in early May in case they are not accepted into Kinesiology.

Second years and above should go through the Change of Plan process.

Physical Education Transfers

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours) Program will have been placed in the Physical and Health Education Specialization Plan. 

Transfer from Phys Ed: Students in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours) Program who wish to transfer from the Physical and Health Education Specialization to a different Arts and Science Plan, including the Kinesiology Specialization or various Health Studies Plans, may do so through the Change of Plan process.  It is prudent to  seek academic advice from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies before doing so.

Transfer to Phys Ed: Students should note that transfer to the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Specialization Plan is very competitive and there are a limited number of spaces available. To be considered for transfer, students must satisfy the high school admission requirements for the BPHEH program. See Admission website. There are no specific university course prerequisites although having PSYC 100 on one's transcript is an asset.  It is prudent to seek academic advice from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies before making a request, especially if one is interested in transferring between any of Health Studies, Physical and Health Education, and Kinesiology. 

**Student who have transferred to the Faculty of Arts and Science from Commerce, Applied Science, Nursing, Distance Studies or another Post-secondary Institution are unable to transfer into Physical Education.

ASC1 students (first year going into second) should request PHED using SOLUS.

Any ASC1 student interested in Physical Education should still participate in the Plan Selection Process and choose an alternate Plan in early May in case they are not accepted into Physical Education.

Second years and above should go through the Change of Plan process.

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