Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK)
Human Kinetics is a discipline focused on the study and practice of human movement and exercise and its impact on health and physical performance.
Our graduates are specialists in the human body and help people worldwide lead healthier, more active lives.Our program will help you develop knowledge and practical skills related to community health promotion, and chronic disease prevention and rehabilitation. Some of the tools you will learn to use in Human Kinetics are lifestyle management, nutritional guidance, and physical activity programming. As a graduate, you will be able to understand and help solve the challenges of building healthy societies from a global perspective that integrates both scientific and social factors.
Interested in a career in athletic therapy, medicine, kinesiology, sport management, or health?
As our society puts greater emphasis on prevention of disease and promotion of health, graduates of Human Kinetics programs will be in high demand. The demand for professionals who can research and promote effective health strategies are increasing in size and scope. Our program graduates are prepared for careers in fitness, health and wellness, rehabilitation, health promotion or further training in academia or health professions (physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, etc.).Human Kinetics is a discipline focused on the study and practice of human movement and exercise and their impact on health and physical performance. The program will help students develop knowledge and practical skills related to community health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and rehabilitation. Students will learn valuable tools, such as lifestyle management, nutritional guidance, and physical activity programming. Human Kinetics graduates will be able to understand and help solve the challenges of building healthy societies from a global perspective that integrates both scientific and social factors. Students in our program develop their ability to:
- Analyze data and trends in exercise management
- Apply practical knowledge to plan nutrition fundamentals
- Counsel others on lifestyle, health and fitness
- Plan and develop personalized exercise programs for healthy populations
- Understand health lifestyle management tactics
- Understand, manage and rehabilitate people with chronic diseases and disabilities through exercise and nutrition applications
- Utilize listening and problem-solving skills
- Work independently as well as part of a team
In addition to the two streams of study available, the School of Health and Exercise Sciences offers a Co-op Program and Undergraduate Honours Program.
Clinical Exercise PhysiologyThe 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 core of the program focuses on the advanced study of applied physiology and how exercise, movement and fitness intersect with disease, fatigue, and disability. Graduates of the program will understand exercise prescription and the physiological role of activity in health promotion.
Health PromotionThe Health Promotion concentration takes a preventive approach to studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities. This concentration focuses on the role of nutrition, exercise programs and the role of informal activity in population health promotion. Graduates will have opportunities to work in conjunction with other health professionals and community services to provide a holistic approach to health. This area of study is aimed at improving the health of communities and reducing the reliance on the health care system. The promotion of active living throughout the lifespan, particularly in youth and senior populations, is a focus and priority.
You could study anywhere, but UBC Okanagan offers a truly enriched learning experience.
1. We offer a place of transformative learning.
- Experiential learning is a cornerstone of our curriculum, with every student completing a Community Practicum Placement, Co-op, or a research project with a Faculty member.
- Many of our students choose to study abroad through the Go Global Program.
- 12 of our courses have active, purposeful, skill-building labs.
2. Access to top-notch professors and student networks.
- We offer a close-knit learning community at a globally respected research university.
- Our Faculty is highly involved in STAR, a hub for innovative research projects that focus on human performance and protection by bringing together expertise from across UBC, industry and other universities.
- Our researchers are highly collaborative, partnering with researchers across different disciplines and across the world. This translates to a team-based, interdisciplinary healthcare philosophy for our undergraduate students in the classroom.
3. Exposure to innovative teaching and research.
- Our researchers embrace a bold and enterprising culture, empowering innovation.
- Our professors are award winning, globally recognized researchers and love what they do.
- Innovative teaching and learning methods such as flipped classrooms, video production and student-driven research projects ensure students are kept stimulated.
- Our small upper-level classes mean an interactive learning atmosphere with classmates and instructors.
4. Community connections
- We are a hub for collaborative networks with regional and global communities.
- Our Practicum and Co-op students energetically share their up-to-date knowledge with community members through the guidance of local health professionals. Our students use these interactions to motivate and guide their subsequent classroom learning.
- Every student engages in experiential learning, so you’re armed for the professional world with some valuable work experience.
- Our researchers focus on the health of our community, from fitness apps to exercise and diet strategies in clinical populations.
5. Tools to support health and happiness
- We are an exemplar of wellbeing.
- Our HES Student Union hosts social events centred on physical activity and interaction.
- Student Services thrive with academic and social support services.
6. Our city is your playground.
- Outdoor recreation opportunities abound – swimming, hiking and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
- The active community of Kelowna aligns with our HES philosophy of a healthy, active lifestyle.
What can I do with a degree in Human Kinetics?As our society puts greater emphasis on prevention of disease and promotion of health, graduates of Human Kinetics programs will be in high demand. The demand for professionals who can research and promote effective health strategies are increasing in size and scope. Our graduates will find opportunities in private enterprise, health care and government in fields ranging from Clinical Exercise Physiology to Health Programming. The classroom knowledge and practical skills students obtain will prepare them for numerous career options. Our program graduates are prepared for, but not limited to, the following occupations: Clinical Emphasis:
- Chronic disease rehabilitator/rehabilitation specialist
- Ergonomist/Health & Safety Officer
- Exercise Physiologist
- Exercise therapist or trainer
- Medical doctor/sports medicine*
- Occupational/recreational therapist*
- Physical therapist*
- Rehabilitation Program Director
- 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
- College instructor*
- Consultant: job applicant assessment (fitness)
- Gym manager/owner
- Physical Education teacher*
- University professor*