Kinesiology & Health Studies

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.

See our Health Studies or Kinesiology Major Maps to learn more.

Location: 
SKHS Building
Room number: 
206
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
J.Côté
Undergraduate Coordinator: 
A.Van Der Meulen
Acting Graduate Coordinator: 
Stevenson Fergus

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.
*please note that admission is currently suspended for the BPHE program

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.

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

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

Job and Career Opportunities for 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 >

Undergraduate Admission to our Programs

Health Studies

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

Kinesiology

Students apply to Queen’s Science (QS) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Biology 4U, Advanced Functions 4U plus two of Chemistry 4U, Physics 4U, or Calculus and Vectors 4U.

Transfer to or from Kinesiology

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. 

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.

Transfers from Physical Education

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.

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

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: