Kinesiology and Public Health Education
Welcome to the Kinesiology and Public Health Education Department!
Browsing through our website you will learn about our programs, faculty, staff, and students. Our programs are designed for individuals interested in public health education, teaching physical education, careers in the health and fitness industry, and athletic coaching. Additionally we offer graduate studies in Kinesiology and other health-related professions. KPHE also provides Basic Instructional Program (BIP) classes for all UND students with over 50 different courses covering a wide variety of sport, aquatic, dance, and fitness activities.
Greetings from the BiPed Lab! Representing a unique endeavor in Kinesiology, the lab/classroom integrates key aspects of Pedagogical and Biomechanics research; allowing for exploration of innovative approaches in both biomechanics and teaching.
In the above video, Erika Ettl and Emily Lundby, two Physical Education Teacher Education students, assist in demonstrating the capabilities of our BiPed lab. This clip highlights the collection of 3D Kinematic data through our Vicon motion analysis system. This system gathers infrared light which is reflected off of the unique suits both Erika and Emily are wearing. Specialized cameras collect the reflected infrared data that is converted into a three dimensional representation of the observed activities. The Vicon system is widely known as being at the forefront of motion capture technology. Similar to KHPE’s, the collection methods are identical to techniques utilized by both motion pictures and video game industries. Most importantly, through their experiences in the BiPed lab, our students are regularly exposed to state of the art technology.
Our 549-acre campus is located in Grand Forks, a city of over 51,000 people with a very low crime rate, excellent schools and neighborly people. Grand Forks offers a variety of educational and leisure opportunities. Our location is well situated for hiking, cycling, running, cross-country skiing and other outdoor pursuits, and it is only several hours’ drive from major centers such as Winnipeg, Canada and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The KPHE Department is one of the oldest professional programs at the University of North Dakota. There are approximately 150 undergraduate majors, 100 undergraduate minors, and 30 graduate students enrolled in our programs, making it large enough to provide a comprehensive curriculum, yet small enough to ensure relatively small classes and ready access to professors and instructors. The department is housed in the Hyslop Sports Center complex, along with its athletic facilities, physiology lab, swimming pool, fitness center, offices, classrooms, and computer labs.
One reason our graduates excel is because of the quality of instruction they receive. We have a demanding and caring faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to our students, community, and profession. The faculty is committed to personal instruction and to helping you shape an education suited to your personal goals. We also have two faculty members who are responsible for undergraduate and graduate advising, respectively, and who will interpret program requirements, help select courses, and assist in proper course sequencing.
To enroll in KPHE classes other than KIN 100/BIP classes, a student needs to be enrolled at UND and to have declared Public Health Education or Kinesiology as a major and/or declared Athletic Coaching as a minor.