Kinesiology & Health Studies

The School of Kinesiology and Health Studies occupies a unique position as a leader in health enhancement, disease prevention, and human performance, and offers both Kinesiology and Health Studies degree programs at the undergraduate level, focusing on the science and social science aspects of human health. Kinesiology is a direct-entry science program, whereas students interested more in the social sciences of Health Studies will begin in the Arts program and declare their major at the end of their first year. Combining these into one School increases opportunities for breadth and collaboration, and fosters a strong sense of community for those interested in promoting physical, mental, and social health and well-being.


Kinesiology is the science of the human body in motion. You will learn about the physiological, biomechanical, psychological, and sociological factors that influence human movement, health, exercise, and sport performance. From the structure of the cell to the structure of society, your studies in Kinesiology will expose you to the factors that influence health and wellness.

Top 3 Reasons to study Kinesiology:

  1. Our direct-entry program is highly multidisciplinary, drawing from the social,
    behavioural, and physical sciences.
  2. Our teaching lab offers state-of-the art equipment and small class sizes to
    advance students’ understanding of the exercise sciences.
  3. We emphasize experiential learning and community involvement in our program, including an optional community-based practicum and health-related workplace and community-based service learning course in health programming and evaluation. 

“My experience in the Kinesiology program at the SKHS was incredible and I can’t speak highly enough about it. The multidisciplinary educational approach kept me keenly engaged in my learning and provided me with a thorough foundation for a number of post-grad options in a variety of fields.”
                                                                                                                             -Kristiann Man, BScH ‘17

Health Studies

Health Studies strives to understand the complex factors that influence physical, mental, and social health and overall well-being. Drawing largely from social science disciplines, our courses explore the social determinants of health, approaches to health promotion, health policy, health behaviour change, epidemiology, and program planning and evaluation.

Top 3 Reasons to study Health Studies:

  1. Our program focuses on social science perspectives of health and wellness. We challenge students to think critically about the social, political, psychological, and cultural dimensions of health and well-being.
  2. We provide tailored independent research opportunities, including a third-year
    placement in a research lab/program and an Honours thesis option.
  3. We emphasize experiential learning and community involvement in our
    program, and offer a ‘mini-stream’ option in Movement and Health and a
    capstone course in Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation.

 “As a Health Studies student, I learned in a multidisciplinary and supportive academic environment. I greatly benefited from the program’s high-quality instructors and from the research opportunities available to enrich student development!”
                                                                                                                        -Rachel Hayton, BAH ‘17


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Department Head: 
Kyra Pyke
Departmental Assistant: 
Heather Carter
Graduate Coordinator: 
Luc Martin
Undergraduate Chair: 
Anna van der Meulen
Academic Advsior & UG Program Coordinator: 
Vanessa McCourt
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.

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.

Joint Honours 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.

Internship option available

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


A graduate of either 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.

These are a list of careers that are common to Kinesiology alumni:

  • Athletic therapy
  • Biomechanics and Ergonomics
  • Chiropractics
  • Coaching
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Counselling
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Physiotherapy

These are a list of careers that are common to Health Studies.

  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health and Public Administration
  • Health Promotion
  • Law
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Urban Planning

Taking time to explore career options, build experience and network can help you have a smooth transition to the world of work after graduation. Note that some of these careers may require further education.


There are several practicum opportunities with SKHS.

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

Kinesiology (BScH)
OUAC Code:
QK (Kingston Campus)

Visit for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.

Health Studies

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre) website ( ENG4U, plus five additional 4U/M courses. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

Health Studies (BAH)
OUAC Code:
QA (Kingston Campus)
QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIA (The Castle)
QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

See Full Admission Requirements

After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The current thresholds for Health Studies are: AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE requires a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a minimum grade of B+ in HLTH 101; for PENDING LIST you require a Cumulative GPA of 2.3 and a minimum grade of B in HLTH 101.

Information on plan selection


The Certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary foundation in disability studies, physical activity, health and their intersection while fostering fundamental academic skills. These goals will be achieved through lecture and case-based coursework, technology-enhanced modules, and unique experiential learning opportunities offered in partnership with the Revved UP Exercise Program and Research Group. The Revved UP Exercise Program is a community-based adapted exercise program for adults with a disability. In addition to gaining fundamental academic skills, students who participate in this Certificate will strengthen their leadership skills and experience a positive shift in their attitudes towards disability. They will become global citizens with the potential to bring social change for equitable and active communities.

Delivery Mode: On-campus

Number of Units: 15 units (5 courses)

Open to:

  • Current Kinesiology, Health Studies and Physical Education students at Queen's University (open to other Queen's students beginning May 2019)
  • HLTH 200/3.0 or KNPE 255/ 3.0
  • HLTH 332/3.0 or HLTH 402/3.0
  • KNPE 336/3.0
  • KNPE 436/3.0
  • 3.0 units from HLTH 315/3.0; HLTH 403/3.0; HLTH 404/3.0; KNPE 335/3.0; KNPE 433/3.0
  1. No more than 6.0 units of core and option courses may be counted toward the requirements of both the Certificate and another program.
  2. No more than 6.0 units of core and option courses may be transfer credits from outside Queen’s University.


For admission information, please visit our Certificates page.

Questions? Please contact the DIPA Coordinator at


The Kinesiology program accepts a limited number of students (3-5 per year) from the Arts and Science first year programs during the May plan selection process. The vast majority of students are admitted into Kinesiology directly from high school.

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 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.


The School is a multi-disciplinary environment providing excellence in research with an average of $10 million of active research funding to support a wide range of projects. Working independently and collaboratively within the University and the community, the School's 22 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. 

Active research labs


With an average of 90 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: