Kinesiology & Health

Master's of Science in Exercise Science

College of Education, Health, and Society

1. Exercise Science Concentration

The Exercise Science program is designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge in the physiological and psychological functioning of human beings under a variety of environmental, nutritional, and activity conditions. Coursework emphasizes the health benefits and consequences of regular physical activity on physiological, cellular and motor integrity. Students gain hands-on experience working in new state-of-the-art laboratories.

Assessments of cardiovascular and respiratory fitness using graded exercise stress tests are routinely performed. Metabolic, blood lipid, and blood pressure profile measures, the use of electrocardiography, electromyography, video motion measurement, and ground reaction force measurement are among other commonly made assessments. Cooperative research with faculty and students in other departments or programs (e.g., Zoology, Psychology, Scripps Gerontology Center) is also conducted.

Graduates of the program have been accepted into programs in physical therapy, nursing, podiatry, athletic training, and chiropractic programs, as well as in medical schools such as the University of Cincinnati, Washington University-St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, and the University of Maryland.

Prerequisites:The Exercise Science program looks for students with coursework in chemistry, human biology, and physiology.

 

For completion of the 36-hour  program the following courses are required for Exercise Science Program majors (go here for course descriptions):

KNH 621 Research Methods & Knowledge Systems

KNH 622 Quantitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields -OR- EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics I -OR- EHS 668 Behavioral Statistics II

KNH 623 Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields

KNH 654 Studies in Exercise Behavior

KNH 668 Advanced Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity

KNH 681 Human Motor Control and Learning

KNH 682 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science

KNH 684 Advanced Seminar in Exercise Science

KNH 688 Advanced Biomechanics

 

Thesis Option

Take the following two courses:

KNH 700 Thesis Preparation (1-10 with 4 required in catalog)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics or another course suited to your analytical perspective.

 

2. Health Promotion Program Concentration

The Health Promotion program is designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge in the psycho-social and behavioral aspects of health across the human lifespan. The curriculum emphasizes both cultural and personal determinants of health and wellness from an ecological perspective. Coursework prepares students as program planners and coordinators of health promotion programs in community, worksite, clinical, and educational settings. A strong theoretical foundation in health education connects students to one of four foci for more in-depth study.

Prerequisites: To qualify for the graduate program in Health Promotion, a student must have taken a personal health course as an undergraduate or must demonstrate knowledge of human health and well-being.

For completion of the 36-hour  Health Program Program, the following courses are required (go here for course descriptions):

 

Research Core:

KNH 621 Research Methods & Knowledge Systems

KNH 622 Quantitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields -OR- EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics I -OR- EHS 668 Behavioral Statistics II

KNH 623 Qualititative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields

Health Promotion Foundation Courses:

KNH 562 Health Promotion, Planning, and Evaluation

KNH 611 Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

KNH 612 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion and Education

KNH 613 Health Communication and Education

 

Internship/Thesis Options:

Take the following two courses:

KNH 610 Internship in Exercise, Health, and Sport

KNH 620 Research Problems -OR- KNH 700 Thesis Preparation

 

Health-Related Electives:

A. Nutrition and Fitness Focus

KNH 507 Food and Nutrition for the Aging

KNH 508 Perinatal and Childhood Nutrition

KNH 685 Exercise, Aging, and Health Promotion

KNH 654 Studies in Exercise Behavior

KNH 509 Nutrition for Sports and Fitness

KNH 553

*or suitable elective selected with advisor

 

B. Gerontology Focus

KNH 571 Sport, Leisure, and Aging

FSW/GTY 566 Later Life Families

GTY 556 Psychosocial Health and Aging

GTY 568 The Aging Individual in a Changing Society

GTY 609 Human Resources Foundations

GTY 615 Seminar in Managerial Skills

KNH 553

*or suitable elective selected with advisor 

 

C. Adolescent Focus

KNH 673 Developmental Perspectives on Youth Sport Participation

EDP 635 Theories of Human Development

FSW 565 Child Maltreatment

FSW 567 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting

KNH/FSW 617 Education for Human Sexuality

KNH 553

*or suitable elective selected with advisor

 

D. Public Health Focus

These two courses:

KNH 599.M - International Health: Global Perspectives

AND

KNH 599.N - A European Perspective: Health, Social, Economic, and Political Impacts of Health Promotion

 

Or this group of courses:

KNH/FSW 617 Education for Human Sexuality

GTY 615 Seminar in Managerial Skills

IES 531 Principles and Application of Environmental Science

FSW 567 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting

KNH 553

*or suitable elective selected with advisor

Total Credits: 36 hours

 

 

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