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Protecting and promoting health and wellbeing


To be a global leader in protecting and promoting individual and community health and well-being, preventing illness and injury, and optimizing abilities across the life course for all.


Through combined excellence in teaching and research, collaboration and partnership, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences creates and applies knowledge to protect and promote health and well-being, prevent illness and injury, and optimize abilities across the life course for all.

For details, see our strategic plan.

Our academic units

The School of Public Health and Health Systems takes a systems approach to facilitating community and social changes that improve and protect the health of populations.

The Department of Kinesiology investigates the cellular to societal potential of physical activity and nutrition in preventing illness and injury and extending years of high quality life.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies examines how health and well-being are enhanced through the effective use of leisure, and contributes to the advancement of recreation and leisure services.

Research and teaching are supported by numerous externally funded research centres focusing on areas such as cancer prevention, population and public health, workplace health and safety, health informatics, and healthy aging.