The School's mission is to promote well-being from cell to society, through teaching, research, and active engagement in our communities. We pursue our aims while fostering a safe, caring, and respectful School environment.
Our Values Are: P-E-A-C-E
- Personal, Academic and Professional Development
achieved by upholding an environment that supports all students, staff, and faculty members in striving for and achieving their full potential, while maintaining their health and well-being.
- Empowerment and Social Change
achieved by research and teaching that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, passion, community engagement, and intersectional justice.
- Academic Multi-disciplinarity
achieved through research, teaching, and curricula that reflect our understanding that diverse intellectual approaches are required to understand and promote well-being.
achieved by active listening, collective-mindedness, consensus building, equitable distribution of work load, active participation in the life of the School and democratic decision-making, following through on commitments, genuine interest in and respect for each other, valuing each other’s unique and diverse contributions to the School, and celebrating each other’s achievements and successes.
achieved by proactive approaches to and collective responsibility for safety, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in SKHS. Recognizing that marginalized groups, including women, racialized people, those who identify as LGBTQ+, those who are differently abled, among others, have faced, and continue to face, obstacles that keep them from achieving their goals, we strive to support students, staff and faculty members equitably.
Our values flow from individual and collective commitments to recognize and unlearn (often unconscious) patriarchal, heterosexist, fatphobic, ableist, racist and colonial ways of thinking and acting, and to work towards the goals laid out in the Queen’s University guiding documents that promote equity, diversity and inclusion, including the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (2017), Yakwanastahentéha Aankenjigemi (Extending the Rafters): Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report (2017), and the Policy on Sexual Violence Involving Queen’s University Students (2018).
We recognize that we must individually and collectively take responsibility to identify and respond to individual, institutional, and structural discrimination and inequity in SKHS. We will use the Queen’s University DEAP (Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning) tool to collectively facilitate action and accountability.
We understand this Mission Statement to be a living document that requires each of us to enact it in our everyday lives in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies.
Dated: 07 October 2019
Founded in 1946, the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies was originally called the School of Physical and Health Education. The name was updated in May 2006. The School is located at 28 Division Street.
The School is dedicated to strengthening and extending its place as an innovative leader in the development, advancement, and delivery of academic and professional programs related to kinesiology, physical education, and health promotion.
Teaching - Undergraduate
The School offers both Kinesiology and Health Studies degree programs at the undergraduate level.
- The Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology is a direct-entry level program with a total enrolment of approximately 200 students . This program has courses in: applied exercise science; the psychology and socio-cultural studies of physical activity and health; and, physical activity epidemiology and health promotion. The BSCH in Kinesiology is designed to give students the academic requirements to become a registered kinesiologist.
- At the end of first year, students in the Faculty of Arts and Science can apply for an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies with a Major or Medial (HLTH combined with another discipline) concentration. Students who want a Minor concentration in Health Studies can combine it with an Honours Bachelor of Science or Arts - or, they can take a General Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies.
Teaching - Graduate
The School offers a thesis-based Master’s program (MA and MSc) and thesis-based Doctoral program (PhD) to approximately 65 full-time students each year. All graduate students receive their degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies. Studies are available in various areas of expertise including: biomechanics; ergonomics; exercise physiology; health promotion; physical activity epidemiology; psychology of sport and physical activity; and socio-cultural studies of sport, health and the body.