The Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS) prepares professionals in a variety of areas of health and wellness. We offer diverse programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. However, the core of what we do stems from our shared philosophy of considering the whole individual, across the lifespan.
A community of educators who provide innovative research, teaching, and leadership in an effort to further the field of education and prepare professionals to contribute to a just, diverse, and democratic society. Our vision guides the direction and work of the College in and beyond Hawai‘i and is informed by a sense of purpose and place.
To achieve this vision, we integrate new educational and information technologies to prepare educators, health care professionals, and scholars to: (1) enhance the health and well-being of under-served/diverse populations, including people with disabilities, Native Hawaiian people, and other indigenous groups, and (2) provide local and global leadership:
- Teaching & Learning – to prepare educators and health care professionals, and provide on-going professional development;
- Research & Scholarship – to increase the knowledge base in the field;
- Service & Outreach – to engage partners and leaders for excellence, and
- Effectiveness & Sustainability – to sustain a Hawaiian place of learning by supporting the enhancement of culture, community, and a sense of place and purpose leading the state toward a future of environmental, social/cultural, and economic justice and viability.
KRS encompasses professions and provides training and information from childhood through adulthood, from sedentary individuals to professional athletes, as well as individuals with disabilities and at varying levels of health. Expanding and deepening knowledge in the following intertwined spheres of body (e.g., walking gait mechanics, exercise and HIV, etc), mind (e.g., physical activity and cognitive function, concussions, etc), and social-emotional well-being (e.g., social/behavioral interventions, psychosocial impacts of disability, etc) through research and practice add to KRS students’ experiences.