Departments & Centers


APK studies the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in disease prevention and rehabilitation. Degree specializations include exercise physiology, fitness/wellness, athletic training, biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, motor learning and control and human performance.

HEB aims to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and public understanding of personal health and facilitate behavior changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Degree specializations include community health education, health promotion and health studies.

TRSM studies the impact of tourism, recreation activities, professional and amateur sports, ecotourism, parks and beaches on the personal, social, economic, environmental and resource infrastructures of society. Degree specializations include sport management, recreation and event management, natural resources, recreation management, recreation programming, and tourism and hospitality management.


CES houses 13 research laboratories dedicated to improving human health by advancing knowledge through research. This multidisciplinary research center is dedicated to investigating the complex interactions between physical activity, movement, aging, and muscle as well as neuromuscular adaptations. Treatment effects of nutrition, pharmacology, heat stress, muscle disuse, bimanual coordination, and Parkinson’s disease are investigated.

The mission of the CBEHR is to stimulate research applications aimed at understanding human behavior change, focusing on behaviors that adversely impact health and wellness. These applications are guided by the unifying trans-discipline of behavioral economics, which offers powerful concepts and methods for an enhanced understanding of the science of human behavior change.

EFTI provides research to assist both private firms and public agencies in effective tourism planning, promotion and management. This center focuses on mass tourism, ecotourism, heritage tourism and sport tourism.