Not just a career—a way of life!

The UIC Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition produces leading experts in the fields of health, fitness and nutrition. Our graduates work with professional athletes, for major healthcare institutions, in fitness and wellness facilities, and for therapeutic and rehabilitation systems.

Kinesiology, the study of body movement, focuses on the human body and how it functions. Multiple career fields use kinesiology, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation science and athletic training.

Nutrition focuses on healthy eating and the dietary requirements to maintain wellness and fight disease. A vital part of the healthcare industry, nutritionists practice in areas such as health sciences, rehabilitation and counseling.

Our programs range from undergraduate to the doctoral level, preparing students for successful careers in allied health or continuing their education with advanced degrees.

Kinesiology Degrees

Kinesiologists are concerned with the relationship between a fit, strong body and quality of life. They're experts in physical activity, prevention of injury and disease, functional evaluation, cardiovascular health and ergonomic solutions that promise better health for a lifetime.
Name Type Description Apply
Minor in Kinesiology On Campus The perfect minor if you're looking to become a health professional. Learn the foundations of anatomy and physiology and become familiar with scientific literature. Apply
BS in Kinesiology On Campus A gateway to any health career. Become an expert in injury and disease prevention, functional evaluation and rehabilitation, and ergonomic solutions that promise better health. Apply
MS in Kinesiology On Campus Become a master practitioner in applied exercise physiology; psychology and promotion of exercise, health and sport behavior; or motor control and biomechanics. Apply
PhD in Kinesiology and Nutrition On Campus Prepare for a successful career as a researcher, educator or scientist-practitioner. Conduct applied and translational research in a wide range of rehabilitation-oriented settings. Apply

Nutrition Degrees

We are what we eat. Nutrition experts study how our bodies transform what we consume into the energy we need. They help people live healthy lives free of ailments like digestive distress or depression. Our students combine expertise in nutrition science with knowledge of behavioral science, education, food science, management and public health to improve the nutrition of individuals, groups and populations.
Name Type Description Apply
Minor in Nutrition On Campus A great minor if you're planning a health career. Learn principles of good nutrition and how to recognize misinformation and fad diets. Apply
BS in Nutrition On Campus The first step in becoming a Registered Dietitian. An intensive study of biological and physical sciences applied to nutrients and human health. Apply
MS in Nutrition On Campus Prepare for practice in healthcare or industry. Choose between our coordinated or traditional programs to get on track for the future you want. Apply
PhD in Kinesiology and Nutrition On Campus Prepare for a successful career as a researcher, educator or scientist-practitioner. Conduct applied and translational research in a wide range of rehabilitation-oriented settings. Apply

What makes us great

  • Student Nutrition Association members at an outing

    Student Nutrition Association

    Open to all students, SNA provides conference scholarships, volunteer opportunities, even outdoor survival courses!

  • KN students at 2016 IPE Immersion Day

    Interprofessional Immersion Day

    Nearly 1,000 UIC students from eight different disciplines get together to gain knowledge, attitudes and skills for team-based, patient-centered care

  • A group of seniors participating in a dance class led by an EPL instructor

    Exercise Psychology Lab

    Researching health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities, rural residents, women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities

  • Mohamed Ali, PhD student, administers ultrasound to fellow PhD student, AJ Rosenberg

    Integrative Physiology Laboratory

    Research that integrates cardiovascular function, metabolism, inflammation, hydration, nutrition status and exercise/physical activity

  • Garden director Renea Solis, clinical instructor, in front of the new garden

    Teaching garden

    Our teaching garden integrates food into the classroom, teaching how to plant, harvest and prepare fresh produce

  • Students from the 2015 Study Abroad class outside a building in Barcelona

    Study abroad

    Make the world your campus though our study abroad program that's returning to Barcelona this summer