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Community Health

Examine public health issues. Create innovative solutions. Build stronger communities. Learn about health and rehabilitation services, and become an agent of change.


The Department of Health and Kinesiology is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to the study of health, rehabilitation, and human movement.

The advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to health, rehabilitation, and human movement is central to the Department’s mission. Faculty in the Department utilize a broad variety of approaches in the integrative study of health, rehabilitation, and human movement, including research themes such as lifespan physical activity, community health, rehabilitation counseling, disability, well-being and inclusion, physical culture and education, pedagogy, human factors, and human performance.

Program History

The Department of Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been helping to promote health in Illinois, the U.S., and the world since 1957. In 1998, the Community Health Department merged with the Division of Rehabilitation Education. In November 2004, the UIUC Faculty Senate voted to support the merger of the Departments of Kinesiology and Community Health. The merger was endorsed and implemented by the Board of Trustees of the University in February 2005. In August 2024, the department was renamed to the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Curriculum Focuses

Cultural, Pedagogical, & Interpretive Studies: 
Faculty in the CP&I group examine the interaction between physical activity and the individual from a variety of cultural, sociological and pedagogical perspectives. Some faculty members study the impact of movement on cultural and social relations, whereas others examine issues related to pedagogy and physical education.

Health Disparity and Disability: 
Faculty with specializations in health disparity examine a variety of dynamic interactions that impact the overall health of communities. Faculty in rehabilitation examine the impact of disability in the population and the emotional, environmental, vocational, and educational issues surrounding adjustment to disability.

Public Health: 
Faculty in the public health group examine population-based approaches to public health. A cornerstone of the program is translating research into public health practice.
The department offers degree programs leading to the BS, MS, MPH and Ph.D. degrees.

In addition, the department also offers several programs preparing students for (1) Illinois State Certification in teaching physical education in grades K-12, (2) Coaching Endorsement; (3) Health Education Endorsement; and (4) Gerontology minor.

The Department also sponsors two service programs, the Lifetime Fitness Program for adults 55 and older and the SportsFitness Program for children 7-12 years of age.