Welcome from the Chair
Gianni Parise, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
McMaster’s Department of Kinesiology is a vibrant group of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students who study the science of human movement.
Our activities support the central mission of the Faculty of the Science, which is to advance scientific discovery and knowledge, and to promote scientific literacy and understanding in our community. In our classrooms, laboratories and the community, we seek to advance societal health and wellbeing, and promote McMaster’s commitment to creating a Brighter World.
Our undergraduate program is home to over 800 students. They study a broad-based curriculum and have opportunities for focused inquiry and experiential learning through placements in our laboratories and the community. Our program was recently ranked in the top three in Canada and among the top 25 in the world, out of almost 400 institutions.
Trainees at the graduate level can pursue research-based MSc and PhD degrees in three broad, overlapping areas of focus: integrative physiology, mechanics and control of movement, and neuroscience and behaviour. Many of our faculty members, including five Research Chairs, are internationally recognized or are seen as emerging leaders in their fields.
Our Department is closely affiliated with McMaster’s Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE), a specialized centre devoted to physical activity, health and wellbeing. Many of our research, education and knowledge translations activities linked to the PACE aim to help people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
I invite you to learn more by exploring our website or visiting us at McMaster.
Our vision is to be the leading Kinesiology program in Canada and recognized among the world’s best in research, teaching, community engagement and knowledge translation.
Our mission is the discovery, communication and application of knowledge through the interdisciplinary study of human movement. We employ a cell to society approach to advance our understanding of the role of physical activity in promoting human health and well-being. We value creativity, innovation and excellence, and aspire to develop leaders who have a passion for lifelong learning and a commitment to their community.