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Department of Health Education & Behavior (HEB)

About the Department

For more than 60 years, the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB) at the University of Florida has been at the forefront of the field, demonstrating leadership in instruction and mentoring, research and scholarship, service and practice. By emphasizing innovation and data-driven advancements, our efforts ensure that our students are well prepared for the health promotion careers of the future.

The mission of the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB) is to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and public understanding of health to promote healthier living. The focus of the Department of HEB is to prepare students to promote healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings, and among diverse populations using culturally appropriate health education methodologies. Additionally, the Department seeks to prepare Health Education professionals capable of assessing individual and community health education needs; developing, planning and implementing effective health education programs; evaluating health education program effectiveness; coordinating the provision of health education services; acting as a resource person in health education; and communicating health/health education needs, concerns and resources.

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Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management (TRSM)

About the Department

In the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management (TRSM), students and faculty study the role and impact of leisure services, including tourism and sports, on individuals, society, and the environment. TRSM improves the understanding of factors that lead individuals, families and industry to value and benefit from tourism, recreation, parks, and sport, and thus improves the quality of life.


Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK)

About the Department

The Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (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.

APK is also home to the Center for Exercise Science (CES). CES researchers are engaged in studies designed to improve our understanding of the basic mechanisms that underlie exercise-induced changes in the body at the organ, tissue, cellular and molecular level. Further, CES scientists are investigating applied topics such as the development of rehabilitation techniques for regaining motor control after stoke, maintaining optimal health, and delaying age-related declines in physiological function.
The primary goal of scientists in CES is to improve human health by advancing knowledge through research. Moreover, CES provides an outstanding laboratory environment to educate University of Florida students and post-doctoral fellows who will become the next generation of health-related exercise scientists and clinicians.

CES houses 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.

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