Department of Kinesiology and Health

The Department of Kinesiology and Health (KNH) offers a variety of wellness, fitness and physical activity courses, called Raider Active, for the general student population at Wright State. Undergraduate degree programs in KNH include Multi-age teaching Licensure in Physical Education and Health Education. Sports Science prepare Exercise/Fitness Specialists. Athletic Training prepares individuals for the sports medicine field. Public Health Education prepares individuals for work in public health, occupational wellness, health care and non-profit agencies. Finally, KNH houses a Master's degree program in Physical Education/Sport Management and an endorsement program in Adapted Physical Education.

Mission Statement

The mission of the department is to educate all individuals in the development of a healthy, active lifestyle, and to advance the health care of physically active individuals through the integration of theoretical and applied practice in educational and clinical settings.

Raider Active

Raider Active is a program of sports skill classes offered by the department. The courses are available to all Wright State students regardless of major or skill ability. Classes include:

  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Hiking
  • Scuba
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi
  • Weight Training
  • Yoga

Success Stories

"When I started teaching K-6 physical education 10 years ago, my small rural school district did not offer adapted physical education. All 700 of my students, regardless of their ability or disability, were in a traditional PE class with their same-aged peers. During my first five years teaching PE, I absolutely loved my job and my typical students were learning so much and really enjoyed participating in my PE classes. However, I could not say the same for my students with special needs. I had no idea how to teach them so that they could enjoy PE class as much as the other students.

"The adapted PE program at Wright State is absolutely top-notch. The program allowed us to explore the entire gamut of the APE field learning about specific types of disabilities through games types and developing individually based equipment. In our cohort, we were able to access teachers and programs from across the country and support each other as we developed in our niche fields. This program gave me the ability to not only enrich my understanding and capabilities as a teacher but helped me to develop the vision needed to keep this growing field moving forward.

Department News

Meal plan

2017 Wright State grad William Foster prepares and delivers free meals to people affected by the coronavirus
William Foster, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sports science from Wright State, has provided more than 2,000 meals to people in need.

Fitness force

Kara Donbrock takes the lead on offering virtual workouts from Campus Recreation
Kara Donbrock and others in Wright State's Campus Recreation are posting workout videos that students, faculty and staff can do from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

New health college on the horizon for Wright State University

Wright State will formally announce plans for a new health college at a Kick-Off Celebration Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Endeavour Room.


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