Human Kinetics: Health Promotion

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

The Health Promotion concentration in Human Kinetics involves studying the concepts of active living and lifestyle management in individuals and communities. You'll examine the role of nutrition, exercise programs, and informal activity in population health promotion.

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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Human Kinetics
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Human Kinetics focuses on the biophysical and psychosocial dimensions of human movement. The first two years of study are common to each stream of concentration, with your Major determined at the start of the third year.

The Community 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 informal activity in population health promotion.

Potential careers include health promotion program officers, health care consultants, corporate health programmers, health educators, lifestyle coaches, and active living coordinators, among others.

Experiential learning and research

Your Human Kinetics degree includes skill-building labs, practicum opportunities, and co-op placements in order to build a broad foundation for career potential. Your coursework gives you the chance to complete Community Placement Experience, where you will gain practical work experience in a supervised health-/human kinetics-related work setting with a cooperating agency, private business, or industry. You can also take on a Project in Human Kinetics to perform research pertaining to a chosen area of Human Kinetics as agreed upon by a faculty member.

Join the Human Kinetics Student Union on UBC’s Okangan campus to connect with your peers, get involved in advocacy, and gain better access to career resources.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Human Kinetics

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) (IB Math Studies is not accepted for programs requiring Math [Standard or Higher Level])
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
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