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This paper provides an overview of several university programs that have integrated various aspects of public health into their kinesiology instruction, research, and outreach efforts. The summaries of these programs provide the historical context that shows the various stages of transformation of their kinesiology and exercise science programs over the last century. Examples of specific academic structural designs and curricula are described, as well as the rationale the faculty used to justify these programs. In addition, advantages, opportunities, and challenges of this integration are highlighted.
Freedson is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA. Buchner is with the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. Pate is with the Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Hatfield is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. DiPietro is with the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Dzewaltowski is with the Department of Kinesiology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Gavin is with the Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Nessler is with the Department of Kinesiology, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA.