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Message From the Department Head

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Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology at Mississippi State University! Our web pages are intended to bring you a capsule look at kinesiology - faculty's interests and backgrounds, undergraduate and graduate course information, and opportunities for collaborative learning. Whether you are a first year or transfer student, a prospective graduate student, a curious parent or a colleague from another institution or discipline, we welcome your interest and look forward to exploring opportunities with you. We invite you to learn more about our department and the opportunities we offer.

Kinesiology is home to an excellent community of faculty and staff, combining both scholarship and professional experience. A knowledge base in one of the programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology provides professional preparation for careers in fitness-related industries, hospital-based clinical programs, sport administration, teaching and coaching, and allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other graduate health professions. Our program in clinical exercise physiology currently enjoys an 85% acceptance rate for those students wishing to enter one of several graduate health professions. The program in physical education leading to teacher certification is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Pedagogy students currently have a 100% pass rate on the PRAXIS exam.

The Department of Kinesiology is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for our students. Discovering and disseminating new knowledge about physical activity, exercise and movement is a key goal of the department. We believe our exciting field benefits the larger society by bringing awareness to the relationship between physical activity and human health and disease. But that's not all we do. Through the Division of Sport Studies, our students learn of the importance of sport in society and culture, and explore ways to teach children the relevance of physical activity.

Faculty teaching and research interests touch on many of the associated areas that comprise the diverse field of kinesiology. From the role of neuromuscular systems in controlling movement to the business of managing sport facilities; from ways to prevent sports injuries to new directions in physical education, the common thread that brings the department together is the study of human movement.

Lastly, as an academic unit of the College of Education the Department of Kinesiology subscribes to the College's motto of "Changing Tomorrow Through Education Today." People in kinesiology are in the business of "Changing Lives, One Step at a Time." We hope you enjoy our website. Drop by anytime!

Stanley P. Brown, PhD, FACSM
Professor and Head