Health Science

Associate Professors David Durbin and Jean Kiernan (Chair);

Assistant Professors Leslie Phillips and Brian Jones;

Visiting Assistant Professor Eric Brooks;

Adjunct Instructors Mary Brooks, Mike Jones, Randy McGuire, and Jake Ryan

Contact the Department

Kinesiology & Health Studies
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

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Students may pursue major and minor programs offered in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies that will prepare them both for entry-level professional careers and  graduate study in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy,  Athletic Training and Public Health.

This mission of Georgetown College’s Health Science major is to advance the quality of life in our society by providing students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs in schools, community organizations, healthcare organizations, and worksites.


Graduates of the majors offered in the Kinesiology and Health Science department will demonstrate:

  • a basic understanding of the physiological, anatomical, and mechanical foundations of movement;
  • the skills associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate fitness programs;
  • the fundamental understanding of behavior as it applies to adherence to exercise/fitness;
  • the knowledge and skills associated with assessing emergency health conditions requiring first aid and/or CPR;
  • the knowledge and physical skills associated with health-related fitness activities;
  • a basic understanding of research techniques and tools used in the field of Kinesiology and Health.



(B.S. degree) Forty-four or forty-six hours required. Thirty-one hours in KHS, which must include KHS 180, KHS 214, KHS 220, KHS 304, KHS 306, KHS 310, KHS 320, KHS 400, KHS 405 and KHS 452, plus six hours of elec-tives from any of the following KHS courses- KHS 200, KHS 315, KHS 185, KHS 322, KHS 324, KHS 423, KHS 435, KHS 460, or KHS 470. Students may not enroll in more than 3 hours of internship. Allied courses include PSY 211(PYS 111 pre-requisite) or MAT 111 and BIO 100 or 111. With the consent of the KHS Department Chair, substitutions may be made for allied courses.


Students intending on applying to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Physician Assistant programs must take Biology 111 (not Biology 100) as requirement for applying to the graduate program.


For the course descriptions for Health Science, please see Kinesiology and Health Studies.

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  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Primary Care
  • Inpatient Medical
  • Specialized Health Care

Allied Health Professions

  • Apply to Doctorate program in Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy graduate program
  • Nursing graduate program
  • Chiropractic School
  • Dental School
  • Physician Assistant School
  • Many more allied health profession schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Olympic training centers
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Public health agencies
Major in one of the social sciences and supplement coursework with hard science classes. Acquire training in the areas of research, grant writing, and statistics. Volunteer in a hospital or fitness center. Develop strong written and oral communication skills. Learn to work well in a team environment. Earn a graduate degree in clinical, counseling, social, or experimental psychology for health psychology opportunities. Earn a graduate degree in sport psychology, with an exercise emphasis, for a career in exercise psychology. Pursue a postdoctoral internship or fellowship for advanced career opportunities.


  • Athlete Representation
  • Public Relations
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Promotions
  • Operations
  • Event Coordination
  • Program Coordination
  • Fund Raising
  • University Athletics
  • Administration
  • Professional teams
  • Professional athletes
  • Sport associations (e.g., NBA, PGA, NCAA)
  • Local sport and tourism corporations
  • Arenas
  • Auditoriums
  • Stadiums
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health clubs
  • Sport facilities
Major in sport management or sport administration. Earn a master’s degree for increased opportunities. Develop outstanding communication skills, written and oral. Take courses in marketing, public relations, and advertising. Pursue a degree in law to aid in negotiating contracts. Obtain accounting or business skills and experience. Gain experience with public speaking and sales. Volunteer to do publicity for campus organizations or local nonprofit groups. Volunteer to coordinate athletic programs and events such as marathons, golf tournaments, or special Olympics for campus organizations or local non-profit groups. Write articles or columns for campus or local newspapers. Join sport-oriented associations and organizations. Obtain an internship or part-time job with a team or other athletic organization. Work with minor league or local teams as a way to enter the field and gain experience. Be willing to work in any capacity to get started.


  • Store Management
  • Brand/Product Representation
  • Product Development
  • Product Distribution
  • Marketing
  • Sporting goods manufacturers
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Exercise equipment manufacturers
Major in business, marketing, sport management, or related field. Obtain a part-time job or internship in the area of wholesaling or retailing. Develop excellent communication skills. Build relationships with coaches, athletic directors, and college equipment/uniform representatives. Volunteer as a team equipment manager.


  • Public and private schools, K-12
  • Colleges and universities
Obtain a degree in education, physical education, or other sport related field in addition to appropriate state teacher licensure. Earn dual certification for increased job opportunities. Become familiar with a variety of physical cognitive and affective disabilities if interested in an adaptive physical education career. Supplement coursework with special education classes. Secure a part-time position with a youth recreation center, college athletic facility, or intramural athletic administration department. Develop competitive and instructive proficiency in a wide array of sports. Obtain a graduate degree to teach at the college level or to advance into administrative positions. Become a graduate teaching assistant for physical education courses.


  • Professional Coaching
  • High School Coaching
  • College Coaching
  • Private Coaching
  • Professional sport teams
  • Colleges and universities
  • High schools and middle schools
  • Recreational organizations or leagues (e.g., YMCA)
  • Country clubs
  • Racket clubs
  • Golf and tennis resorts
  • Cruise Lines
  • City parks and recreation departments
Consider majoring in exercise science, sport management, or physical education.
Obtain teacher licensure for high school and middle school coaching opportunities. Gain extensive, advanced playing experience. Maintain current CPR and first aid certifications. Gain additional knowledge in areas of strength training, fitness, nutrition, and conditioning. Learn about and practice motivational techniques. Become familiar with legal and regulatory issues related to coaching (e.g., NCAA regulations). Volunteer to coach neighborhood, church, and community teams. Attend practices of teams at various levels to observe coaches’ techniques. Serve as a referee or umpire. Seek a graduate assistant position in athletic administration, instruction, or coaching. Obtain an assistant and then head coaching position at the university level to increase possibility of progressing to the professional level.


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Consultation
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Colleges and universities
  • Olympic training centers
  • Competitive youth sport centers
  • Recreation organizations and leagues
  • Professional sport teams
  • Professional and competitive athletes
  • Hospitals
Major in psychology, physical education, exercise science or other physical activity related field. Obtain a doctoral degree in sport psychology, sport sociology, or clinical/counseling psychology and complete postdoctoral training if you desire to work with professional sport teams or athletes. Develop good relationships with coaches and other athletic department personnel. Express a willingness to learn from coaches and athletes. Gain experience in a variety of different sports. Assist faculty with research. Develop strong written and oral communication skills. Consider coaching youth teams. Show genuine care when working with athletes. Join professional associations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 47 (Sport and Exercise Psychology) or the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP).

General Information About Exercise Science

  • Be willing to work with sport teams in any capacity, realizing that most people start in low-level positions. Careers in sport and athletics are extremely competitive. Get as much exercise science experience as possible while in school.
  • Join professional exercise science associations. Read their publications and attend their meetings, seminars, and conventions to learn more about the field, as well as to make important contacts.
  • Look for jobs in the minor leagues as a way to enter the sport industry.
  • Earn a graduate or professional degree in exercise scinece for increased opportunities.
  • Maintain excellent personal fitness and athletic proficiency.
  • Learn to relate well to a variety of people from various backgrounds.
  • Consider entering the field of athletics through skills and experience in another area such as accounting, sales, or information systems.

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