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Why study Kinesiology at UofGH?

Find out why students just like you chose the University of Guelph-Humber.

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Earn 2 Credentials
HONOURS BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN KINESIOLOGY
from the University of Guelph
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DIPLOMA IN FITNESS AND HEALTH PROMOTION
from Humber

Focused Academic Program

Overall
Learn how the body works, how to make it work better, what causes health issues and how to prevent illness. Develop a strong scientific and theoretical background and apply this knowledge to healthy populations, elite athletes, individuals with chronic diseases and people with physical challenges. Confidently apply yourself in any environment, such as health promotion, fitness, rehabilitation, coaching and research.

Years 1 & 2
In the first two years of the program, you learn the fundamentals of the human body. Learn anatomy in a human cadaver lab in your first year: a rare undergraduate experience.

Labs
Labs extend your classroom content through applied techniques and hands-on lessons. They are integrated into every semester of study and enhance your learning experience of anatomy, exercise prescription, biomechanics, fitness assessment and more.

More hands-on courses
You will take at least four practicum courses, focusing on current industry trends to gain hands-on experience in an area of interest. Courses include Functional Ability Evaluation; Athletic Bandaging and Taping Techniques; Martial Arts for Group Fitness Training; and Forensic Kinesiology.

Years 3 & 4
In the third and fourth years, your courses focus on performance and clinical applications of exercise and nutrition theory.

With your degree, you are eligible to pursue the following designations with several professional organizations such as Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario; Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Exercise Physiologist; and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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First-year Courses

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  • Biochemistry & Metabolism I
  • Cell Biology
  • Health Counselling & Behaviour Change
  • Human Anatomy I
  • Human Anatomy II
  • Human Physiology I
  • Introduction to Health & Wellness
  • Introductory Mathematics for Kinesiology
  • Practicum
 

241 Hours of Experiential Learning

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Year 3: On-site and off-site placements. Once per week for 11 weeks.

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Year 4: Optional. Off-site placement. Twice per week for 11 weeks.

You have the option to complete 87 or 241 placement hours. All students complete placement 1. On campus, you will work one-on-one with a client to help reach their fitness and health goals. Off campus, you will work with a business or organization offering applied experience.

In your last year, choose one of two options: (a) a second off-campus placement with an independent research study or (b) complete a research thesis project in a lab setting.

Note: You will be required to complete a First Aid/CPR certificate and may be required to complete a VSS and documentation of immunization prior to placement.


Past placements include:

  • Athletic and varsity programs
  • Cardiac rehabilitation facilities
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Corporate wellness departments
  • Multidisciplinary clinics (e.g., UHN & CBI)
  • NeuroChangers Neurological Rehabilitation
  • SickKids Hospital
  • Various school boards
  • Wellspring (Cancer Support Network)
  • YMCA

Sample Careers & Further Education

  • Registered Kinesiologist
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified/Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Promotion Manager
  • Certified Pedorthist
  • Occupational Health, Wellness & Abilities Advisor
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Research Associate
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counselling
  • Chiropractic College
  • Naturopathic College
  • Medical School
  • School of Dentistry

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Opportunities

A future in law

After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School   in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London   in one to five years (full- or part-time).

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

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Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and conduct research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications
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Jordan L.

“I can say that just about every class from my time at Guelph-Humber provided me with a tool or skill that I have used during my research career.”

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Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

Denmark
Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development

Japan
Learning about Soka education — a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan

New Zealand
Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society

 

Italy
Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park

Ecuador
Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study "eco-psychology" — the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment

Study Abroad photo from Singapore by Dylan Cunanan

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Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. The Kinesiology Society   is very active! Check out our Clubs and Societies page.

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Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year, the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

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Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global undergraduate research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.

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