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In order to comply with public health issues related to the pandemic and statements from our Provost, in consultation with OUHSC and the Centers for Disease Control, our departmental offices are generally open during regular business hours but staffing limitations mean that it is closed at times.

It is best to contact us via email to ensure a timely response. You can contact your individual professor directly through Canvas or our Faculty Page, you can also reach a staff member through the Departmental Email address:

Please not that if you come to the office, be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing when possible. We appreciate your respect of these rules  to keep us all safe and virus-free.


The mission of the Department of Health and Exercise Science is to lead the state and nation in exercise science and health promotion education and research by providing a rich and diverse undergraduate and graduate curriculum which draws from the life sciences, social sciences, health and exercise sciences, and the humanities; and to contribute to the enhancement of quality of life for the general public. 

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Our faculty are some of the foremost scholars and researchers in their fields. Their cutting edge research is published in trade journals and many are invited to speak at national and international conferences. In addition to their PhD's many hold certifications such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and are members of organizations such as Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), Fellow of the Research Consortium, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. Most importantly, they truly enjoy teaching and are accessible to undergraduate and graduate students alike. 


At any given time HES faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students have multiple research projects ongoing focusing on the areas of bone density, nutrition, resistance training, stretching, aging and school/community interventions to increase physical activity. Our state of the art laboratory facilities are conveniently located in the HES and Collums buildings. As an HES student, research opportunities will be an integral part of your educational experience. 


Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, studying Health Promotion or Exercise Physiology, you will have an broad educational experience that includes biological, physical, medical and behavioral sciences as they relate to human health and physiological response.  These multidisciplinary experiences will prepare you for many exercise physiology and health promotion related careers. 


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