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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Exercise and Health Sciences M.S.

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The graduate program in Exercise and Health Sciences leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Exercise and Health Sciences graduate students may select one of three concentration areas: Sport Science, Public Health, or Clinical Exercise Physiology. The Sport Science concentration prepares students for careers as sport coaches, sport scientists, strength and conditioning professionals, and exercise specialists, where their primary duties are initiating, directing, and evaluating exercise and testing programs for athletes or healthy individuals. The Public Health concentration provides a broad background in public health and prevention, epidemiology, biostatistics, and other related disciplines. The concentration is ideal for individuals seeking employment in health-related fields or for practicing health and medical professionals who seek to further their education at the graduate level. The Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration prepares students for careers where their primary role is testing or prescribing exercise for people with chronic disease or long-term injuries. Graduates pursue careers in applied clinical practice and research. Graduates of all concentrations are adequately trained for entrance into terminal degree programs.   

Admissions

Applicants to the Exercise and Health Science program who are not adequately prepared with an exercise or basic science background may be required to complete leveling courses in preparation for the graduate program. The student's faculty adviser determines prerequisite course requirements. 

Degree Requirements

Shared Core Requirements (18 hours)

Shared Core Requirements (18 hours)
EXHS 5130 Epidemiology
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5131 Applied Exercise Physiology: Neuromuscular
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5132 Applied Exercise Physiology: Cardiopulmonary
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5138 Exercise in Chronic Disease: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5335 Exercise in Chronic Disease: Cardiopulmonary and Metabolic
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6032 Advanced Seminar in Sports Medicine
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6035 Biostatistics
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Special Note:

  • Students selecting any concentration may complete either EXHS 5138 or EXHS 5335 as a core course. 

Concentrations (18 Hours)

Sport Science Concentration (Select 18 hours)
EXHS 5133 Sports Nutrition
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5231 Technology in Human Performance
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6033 Laboratory Techniques and Research Design
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6036 Biomechanics of Sports and Exercise
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6037 Advanced Seminar in Peak Performance
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6039 Research in Human Performance
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3
Public Health Concentration (18 hours)
EXHS 5135 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5136 Health Policy Management
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5137 Environmental & Occupational Health
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5931 Research Topics in Health
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6330 Advanced Seminar in Public Health
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5035 Health and Human Rights
Credit Hours: 3
CRCL 5533 Community Health in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
GEOG 5134 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 6734 Women's Health
Credit Hours: 3
SOCI 6737 Medical Sociology
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Special Notes: 

  • EXHS 5135, EXHS 5136, EXHS 5137, and EXHS 6330 are required for students in the public health concentration.
  • Students should choose an additional 6 hours from the remaining elective courses.
Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration (Select 18 hours) - Coming Fall 2020
EXHS 5134 Clinical Nutrition
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5138 Exercise in Chronic Disease: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 5335 Exercise in Chronic Disease: Cardiopulmonary and Metabolic
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6033 Laboratory Techniques and Research Design
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6034 Screening and Testing in Chronic Disease
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6131 Exercise Pharmacology
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6639 Clinical Exercise Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
EXHS 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Special Note:

  • Students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration are required to complete both EXHS 5138 and EXHS 5335.

Note: Any student planning to enroll in EXHS 6739 must meet with their program adviser and secure an internship location the semester prior to beginning the course. Additional courses may be substituted into a student's concentration area with approval from the student's program adviser. 

Master's Option (6 hours)

Master's Option Course (6 Hours)

Exercise and Health Sciences students in any concentration may choose to complete a master's thesis. In such case, students will complete the thesis (EXHS 6939) in lieu of 6 approved hours in the concentration. Thesis credit requires continuous registration during each fall and spring semester until completion for a minimum of six hours. If students do not maintain continuous registration in the master's thesis, previously accumulated master's option credits will not count toward the master's degree.