M.S. in Applied Exercise and Health Science


Course Descriptions

 

EHS 6600 Leadership and Administration in Worksite and Community Health Promotion
Prerequisite: Graduate status

This course is designed to develop understandings and skills in the areas of leadership/ advanced administration in the context of the delivery of exercise and health science related program in a variety of settings. Effective leadership competencies/styles, fiscal management approaches, policy formulation and modification, several decision-making models/change processes (strategic planning) in exercise and health science will be emphasized. Specific implications of administrative structures, current trends & issues relevant to ethical leadership in worksite and community health promotion and educational programs will be addressed.

 

EHS 6610 Trends and Issues in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisite: Graduate status
This course critically examines current topics in exercise science and health promotion that impact the profession and society. Topics include, but are not limited to, fitness and exercise trends, health care and public health policies and practices, expansion of the exercise and fitness industry and related career, educational, social, and health status implications.

 

EHS 6620 Theoretical Foundation of Assessment and Intervention Planning
Prerequisite: Graduate status
This course will address intervention planning for physical activity and health behaviors. Topics to be covered include behavior theory, exercise and health behavior determinants and influences, and intervention planning strategies. There will be an emphasis on behavior change and intervention from a multi-level focus: individual, community and population.

 

EHS 6630 Research Techniques in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisite: Graduate status and undergraduate statistics or permission of instructor
This course is designed to discuss concepts and methodologies employed in research design typically applied in studies dealing with Exercise and Health Sciences. The intent is to provide the student with an intuitive or conceptual understanding of theory, tools, and processes involved in designing research studies relevant to the these disciplines.

 

EHS 6650 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Psychology
Prerequisite: Graduate status
In this course, the most commonly used health behavior theories will be discussed and applied to both individual and community-level health behaviors. By combining theory with practical application, this course will prepare Applied Exercise and Health Science students to function as health behavior change professionals.

 

EHS 6655 Epidemiology
Prerequisite: Graduate status
This course focuses on the basic epidemiological principles with an emphasis on the examination of human and environmental factors that enhance or diminish human health. Topics will include the study of human disease determinants and distribution, strategies for health enhancement, and the application of epidemiological principles in developing health promotion interventions.

 

EHS 6665 Health Promotion Programming and Evaluation
Prerequisite: Graduate status and EHS 6620 (Theoretical Foundation of Assessment and Intervention Planning)
This course focuses on the components, factors, and processes that are critical to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs specific to a variety of settings. The content and competencies of this course is aligned with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Competency-Based Framework for Graduate-Level Health Educators.

 

EHS 6675 Advanced Exercise Physiology
Prerequisite: Graduate status and undergraduate exercise physiology or equivalent or permission of instructor
An advanced study through readings, discussion and laboratory experiences of select and recent topics in exercise physiology. Topics include metabolic responses to exercise; neuromuscular and molecular physiology related to exercise; temperature regulation during exercise; acute and chronic physiological responses to altitude; exercise during pregnancy; and body composition and weight control.

 

EHS 6680 Exercise Psychology
Prerequisite: Graduate status
This course will address physical activity and exercise as they relate to psychological health issues. Factors related to physical activity and exercise adoption and adherence and intervention planning also will be addressed. The course will be taught with an emphasis on application of concepts and discussion and evaluation of the scientific research.

 

EHS 6900 Administrative Field Experience
Prerequisite: EHS 6600 (Leadership and Administration in Applied Exercise and Health Science) and approval from major professor and graduate committee.
Supervised administrative field experience in an approved exercise science and/or health promotion setting. This individually designed experience is designed to enhance administrative and supervisory skills of the graduate student relevant to desired area of exploration or identified need area. The field experience purpose, project, duration, and site must be approved by the student’s major professor and graduate committee.

 

EHS 6950 Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Physiology

Prerequisite: EHS 6630 (Research Techniques), EHS 6675 (Advanced Exercise Physiology) and Admission to Graduate Program.

Techniques and research applications for measuring, assessing, and evaluating physiological parameters.

 

EHS 7700 US Health Care System and Policy
Prerequisite: Graduate status
An introduction to the foundation of health care delivery, financing, basic structures and operations of the U.S. health system, health policy and future health service delivery.

 

 

EHS 7710 Bioenergetic and Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise

Prerequisite: EHS 6675 (Advanced Exercise Physiology) and Admission to Graduate Program

Examination of acute and chronic bioenergetic and muscular adaptations to the performance of work.

 

EHS 7720 Cardiovascular and Clinical Physiology

Prerequisite: EHS 6675 (Advanced Exercise Physiology) and Admission to Graduate Program

Examination of the mechanisms of cardiovascular dynamics and metabolic function at rest and during exercise in healthy and associated diseased populations.

 

EHS 7730 Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Prerequisite: Graduate status and undergraduate kinesiology/biomechanics, or permission of instructor
An advanced study through lecture, readings, discussion and laboratory experiences of select and recent topics in kinesiology and biomechanics. Topics include qualitative and quantitative motion analysis; force, force application, and material properties; linear and angular kinetics and kinematics; biomechanical aspects of movement through fluids; biomechanics of skeletal muscle; and kinesiology of the extremities.

 

EHS 7740 Health Communication
Prerequisite: Graduate status
This course examines health communication through a review of theoretical frameworks, communication techniques and technologies that promote the health of individuals, communities, and populations. This course is designed to acquaint students with the role of communication in health and behavior change. It includes theoretical and practical content in: persuasive approaches to group and individual change; audience, message, and channel factors in campaign development; and measurement of campaign impacts. Communication approaches such as mass media, social marketing, risk communication and entertainment education are discussed, and the ethical dimensions of contemporary issues such as direct-to-consumer marketing are explored.

 

EHS 7750 Special Topics in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisite: Graduate status
Exploration of a specific applied exercise and health science topic. Course can be repeated.

 

EHS 7760 Directed Study in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisite: Graduate status and permission of major professor
This course is to provide students opportunity to explore a topic of interest at a more in depth level than covered in class or to explore a topic not specifically addressed in a regular course offering.

 

EHS 7850 Master’s Project in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Prerequisite: Core program completed and approval from major professor and graduate committee.
A project shall be comprised of a capstone experience that leads to an actual product such as a publishable journal and/or literature review article, position paper, teaching aid, instructional videotape, program or facility development, web site, on-line course materials, lab manual, curriculum development, etc.

 

EHS 7900 Master's Thesis

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director

Development and writing of a thesis under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.