History & Mission Statement


The School of Kinesiology was founded as the School of Physical and Health Education in 1969 and graduated its first class with an Honours Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (HBPHE) degree in May, 1973.  Since 1969, there have been several name and program changes.  Currently, the School of Kinesiology (established in 1994) offers three major undergraduate degree programs and three programs at the graduate level.

Kinesiology is a regulated health profession in the province of Ontario. In 2013, this regulation expanded the options for graduates. Kinesiologists are employed by industries, hospitals, clinics, and other health related organizations or institutions. Many alumni have become facility and sports administrators, fitness programmers and consultants. Others have pursued careers as elementary and secondary school teachers and administrators. In addition, graduates have used their degree as a stepping-stone to becoming physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic therapists, and university professors.  

 Mission Statement

The School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University is committed to advancing an understanding of the science of human movement.  We are dedicated to preparing a diverse group of students for the Practice of Kinesiology, while fostering scholarship in a creative student-centred learning environment.  We serve as strong advocates of the importance of physical activity in health and education.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with an integrated discipline-based approach to human movement while enabling them to develop expertise and skill in selected areas of interest.

  • To nurture a holistic appreciation of kinesiology that includes application to the population and is examined across the lifespan.

  • To encourage our students to think analytically, critically and creatively and to make decisions on the basis of evidence, ethics, and values.

  • To familiarize students with the basic principles of research processes.  To specifically prepare students to critically evaluate information using tools of scientific inquiry.

  • To create an environment of inclusion for students.

  • To provide students with the essential knowledge, competencies and skills to pursue and achieve professional certifications.

  • To provide the knowledge and to promote beliefs and attitudes associated with a healthy active lifestyle.

  • To encourage a level of fitness necessary for health and vitality across the life span.

  • To provide a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in kinesiology, gerontology, exercise science, teaching, and other allied health professions.

  • To provide the knowledge and skills to enable students to instruct and/or participate in physical activity. 

  • To develop the students' ability to communicate in a variety of contexts.