Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK)
Explore the study and practice of human health and movement, and its impact on quality of life. Help people lead healthier, more active lives.
What You Need to Know
Why study Human Kinetics at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
Hands-on learning: Build a solid foundation through skill-building labs, practicums, and co-op placements that are the cornerstones of our curriculum.
Research connections: Measuring the effects of oxygen deprivation, building a better sports helmet, and creating a better fitness app—these are just some of the topics renowned Human Kinetics faculty researchers are exploring.
Career opportunities: Satisfy the growing demand for professionals who can research and promote effective health strategies. Our graduates find opportunities in private enterprise, health care, and government fields.
Co-op Experience: Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.
Complete your UBC degree in Human Kinetics, a discipline focused on the biophysical and psychosocial dimensions of human movement. The first two years of study are common to each stream of concentration, with your major determined at the start of the third year.
The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on incorporating exercise, activity education, and skills into patient rehabilitation and chronic disease recovery programs. The program focuses on the advanced study of applied physiology and how exercise, movement, and fitness intersect with disease, fatigue, and disability. The program can lead to careers in kinesiology, exercise therapy, clinical exercise physiology, and personal training, among others.
The Health Promotion concentration involves studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities. This concentration focuses on the role of nutrition, exercise programs, and informal activity in population health promotion. Potential careers include health promotion program officers, health-care consultants, corporate health programmers, health educators, lifestyle coaches, and active living coordinators.
‘Human Kinetics’ or ‘Kinesiology’?
Different universities use different terms when referring to similar programs. ‘Human Kinetics’ and ‘Kinesiology’ are often used interchangeably when referring to programs that offer the study of human movement and health sciences.
UBC Okanagan’s Human Kinetics program emphasizes interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches to the study of physical activity and health. The curriculum gives students a common foundational knowledge, as well as the opportunity to complement their choice of specialization with courses of personal interest.
Sample courses (Clinical Exercise Physiology):
- HMKN 101 – Biomechanics
- HMKN 203 – Lifespan Physical and Motor Development
- HMKN 335 – Pathophysiology
Sample courses (Community Health Promotion):
- HEAL 200 – Determinants of Health
- HMKN 323 – Introduction to Nutrition
- HMKN 431 – Exercise Rehabilitation for Clinical Disorders of Aging
The Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) is a 120-credit degree program, with third- and fourth-year concentrations in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion.
- The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration focuses on incorporating exercise and activity education and skills into patient rehabilitation and recovery programs for the management of chronic diseases.
- The Health Promotion concentration involves studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities.
British Columbia High School Requirements
- English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
- Biology 12
- Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
- One other approved Grade 12 course
Required, but not included in the calculation of the average of admission:
- Chemistry 11 or Physics 11
Did you know that UBC outlines admission requirements according to where you attended high school or university?
Visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc for general admission requirements and program specific requirements for students from high schools in other Canadian provinces or transferring from other post-secondary institutions.
Deadlines and Fees
UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
How to Apply
Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.
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Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.
Your Career Options
Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Human Kinetics. Job opportunities range from nutritionist to kinesiologist. The professional training you get as part of your research activities will position you for many career options.
Occupations (with a clincial emphasis)
- Chronic disease rehabilitator/rehabilitation specialist
- Exercise Physiologist
- Exercise therapist or trainer
- Medical doctor/sports medicine*
- Occupational/recreational therapist*
- Physical therapist*
- Rehabilitation Program Director
Occupations (with an emphasis on health promotion)
- Health & Social Policy Director
- Health & Wellness/Return to Work Coordinator
- Life Coach (nutrition & fitness)
- Managers/coordinator in community centres
- Program coordinator (e.g. Parks & Recreation Dept.)
- Public Health Director
With a Human Kinetics degree, many of our graduates have entered professional schools to pursue careers in a diverse array of fields including:
- Athletic therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Optometry; physical therapy
- Speech language pathology
- Registered kinesiologist
- Hospitals and primary health care settings
- Post-secondary education institutions
- Sport governing bodies
- Sports and fitness centres
- Regional health authorities
- Rehabilitation and occupational health departments
- Professional and amateur sport organizations
- Governmental departments and organizations
- Community, social, and correctional services
- Government services (for example, penitentiaries, outpost nursing, the foreign service, the Canadian Armed Forces)
- Educational institutions
Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
UBC Okanagan offers Master’s and PhD Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) programs in which students may have a Health and Exercise Sciences faculty member as their primary supervisor.
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Human Kinetics program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
Gain Valuable Experience
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
Beyond the Classroom
- See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
- Build your own collaborative network with regional and global partners in the HES Co-op Program, which formally integrates a student’s academic studies with valuable, relevant, paid kinesiology related work with approved work sector organizations.
- Apply your knowledge and investigate career options through skill-building labs and practicum opportunities.
- Whether you’re working with active, clinical, or other populations, a certification can enhance your degree and experience.
- The BHK Honours Program enables high-achieving students in Health and Exercise Sciences to gain additional research experience through the completion of an honours thesis.
- Check out these videos: Students and professors discuss the Undergraduate Research Conference and other undergraduate research opportunities.
- Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
- Fourth-year students from the School of Health and Exercise Sciences are extending the walls of their classrooms into the community with Practicum & Co-op placements.
- Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
- Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
Innovations in Teaching Technology
- Video is a contemporary tool for effectively conveying knowledge to a broad spectrum of viewers. Undergraduate Human Kinetics students are introduced to video production as a portal to translate their learning through knowledge translation directly into the community. Learn more.
Welcome to UBC’s Okanagan Campus
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Human Kinetics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
Tour the Campus
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
- Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect
On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.
Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Familiarize yourself with academic supports designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of support programs, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
- The Library’s Writing and Research Centre can help you articulate your ideas and pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and course work.
- Peer mentors are a great resource—ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
Clubs and Associations
Living in Residence
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.
Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.
The Okanagan: What to Expect
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.