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Graduate Course Descriptions

Health Education (HED)

4321 Human Sexuality
A program of human sexuality directed at developing an understanding of human relations between the sexes, human anatomy and physiology, and responsibilities of the home and school in the sex education of the school-age child. The study of family health and family systems will also be included.

4327 Dying and Death Education
A program of death education designed to help people to develop constructive attitudes, values, and practices. Dynamics of later life and the aging process with special emphasis on health will also be included.

4331 Intervention Design in Health Education
Prerequisite(s): HED 2331 and 3331.
Theories and methods used to design interventions in health education and health promotion. A special emphasis is focused on health behaviors and life-style changes.

4335 Community Organization for Health Education
Prerequisite(s): HED 3331.
The course will encompass planned change; community structures; using the community to plan for change; and increasing the organizing itself. Opportunity for application of concepts and principles will be provided.

4355 Human Diseases
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in HED 3350.

Basic principles of pathophysiology and mechanism of diseases affecting the human body, including basic principles of epidemiology with emphasis on the causation and effects of disease on human populations.

5199 Non-Thesis Degree Completion

5315 Foundations of Health Education
Historical and philosophical foundations of health education focusing on the principles of the discipline and preparation for service as a professional. Consideration of theoretical models and health and health education, professional ethical issues and future directions.

5329 Current Health Issues
Current health issues and directed study to provide appropriate graduate-level experience in health-content areas.

5334 Community Health Education
Function, organization and coordination of public, private, and voluntary health agencies.

5337 Health Concepts in Epidemiology
Descriptive and analytical epidemiological methods in the investigation of diseases of contemporary health interest.

5340 Therapeutics for Allied Health Professionals
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.
A survey of the various therapeutic modalities in the clinical practice of medicine. Designed for students pursuing careers in health education, health/fitness, gerontology, psychology and other allied health fields.

5377 Principles and Philosophy in Health, Human Performance and Recreation
Bases of principles, the evolution of principles and philosophies, and the interpretation and application of principles to program development and conduct.

5378 Administration of Health Education
Proficiency in the development and management of fiscal resources and human resources. Students will also learn how to exercise organizational leadership, how to obtain acceptance and support for health education programs. Students will be exposed to grant management, procedures for requests for proposals, and request for applications.

5379 Research Methods in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5379)

5V70 Special Problems in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5V70) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V74 Professional Literature Seminar in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5V74) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V90 Internship
(See H P 5V90) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V94 Practicum in HHPR
(See H P 5V94) 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

5V99 Thesis
(See H P 5V99) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.


Human Performance (HP)

4363 Philosophy, Principles, and Administration of Human Performance
Understanding of the fundamental principles and philosophy of human performance as they relate to program development, methodology, organization, and administration. Historical concepts, objectives, and purposes of human performance are also emphasized.

4367 Advanced Athletic Training
Advanced study of athletic training, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The course is also designed to aid in preparation for state licensing and national certification in athletic training.

4368 Motor Learning and Development
Skill learning and skill performance, covering the gradual development of human physical abilities over the centuries. The states of an individual’s development from childhood to maturity will be studied. Included are factors affecting physical development, the nature of the learning process, and the methods suitable for both the early states of skill learning and the advanced skill levels.

4384 Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement
Advanced instruction in qualitative analysis of human movement, with training in methods of perceiving and measuring errors of movement in a variety of environments (teaching, coaching, and clinical evaluation).

5199 Non-Thesis Degree Completion

5327 Financial Management in Sport
Income sources available to sport organizations such as tax support, municipal and corporate bonds, ticket sales, concessions, fund raising, sponsorship, licensing, and PSLs.

5328 Physiology of Exercise I - Neuromuscular Aspects
Neuromuscular physiology, its relationship to exercise, muscle physiology, energy production, and nerve transmission. (Laboratory fee required.)

5330 Physiology of Exercise II - Cardiopulmonary Aspects
Circulatory-respiratory physiology, its relationship to exercise, emphasizing oxygen uptake, stress testing, and exercise prescription. (Laboratory fee required.)

5331 Laboratory Skills in Exercise Physiology
Laboratory experience with tests and measures commonly employed in human performance research laboratories. The selected lab tests are designed not only to reinforce the basic principles learned in the lecture courses but also to teach the basic principles and skills of measurement and evaluation in the field of exercise physiology. Practical experiences include cardiovascular tests, ECG, blood analysis techniques, body composition, electromyography, and respiratory tests. (Laboratory fee required.)

5332 Prevention and Rehabilitation of Leisure-Related Sport Injuries
Nutritional and physiological principles in the prevention of and the rehabilitation of leisure-sport injuries, including cardiac rehabilitation.

5333 Exercise Testing and Prescription
Prerequisite(s): Six semester hours of graduate exercise physiology. Exercise testing and prescription that emphasizes the necessary preparation for certification by the American College of Sports Medicine. (Laboratory fee required.)

5335 Sport Pedagogy
Advanced techniques in behavioral coaching with primary emphasis on behavioral analysis and pedagogical research.

5336 Sport Marketing
A study of sport marketing plans utilizing the concepts of product, price, public relations, promotion, sales and advertising.

5338 Public Relations in Sport
Aspects of external and internal communication in sport pertaining to community, customer, employee, and media relations.

5340 Advanced Biochemistry in Exercise Science
An advanced overview of the role of exercise and training on metabolic pathways, energy production/regulation, signaling, muscle excitation-contraction, metabolism, and adaptation focusing on how various biochemical markers can be assessed at rest, during, and following exercise using various biochemical assays and techniques. (Lab fee required.)

5352 Advanced Principles of Exercise and Sport Nutrition
An advanced analysis of the role of nutrition on health and human performance. Topics to be covered include principles of healthful nutrition, energy metabolism and nutrients, regulation of metabolism by vitamins and minerals, weight control, and analysis of the validity of proposed nutritional ergogenic aids. Special emphasis will be placed on an evaluation and interpretation of current literature regarding exercise and sport nutrition.

5354 Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning
An advanced analysis of the physiological responses and adaptations associated with strength training and nutritional interventions. Principles of program design, supervision, and methods of resistance training and assessment are emphasized in laboratory demonstrations. Practical mastery as well as theoretical understanding of program design is required.

5357 Advanced Methods of Exercise Programming for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities
An advanced study of the pathophysiology of chronic diseases and disabilities with the concentration in the assessment, design, implementation and administration of multidimensional therapeutic exercise programs. Additional emphasis will be given to interpretation of clinical case data, medical management, and development of appropriate exercise prescriptions.

HP 5360 - Differential Diagnosis and Therapeutic Intervention for the Lower Extremity and Spine
An advanced course for athletic trainers on orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation techniques for the lower extremities and lumbar spine.

HP 5361 - Differential Diagnosis and Therapeutic Intervention for the Upper Extremity and Spine
An advanced course for athletic trainers on orthopedic assessment and rehabilitation techniques for the upper extremities and thoracic/cervical spine.

HP 5362 - Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Re-conditioning for Diverse Populations
Physical assessment and rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions for diverse populations including pediatric, geriatric, disabled, and cross-cultural populations as well as gender related differences. Emphasis will be given to designing rehabilitation programs for diverse populations.

HP 5363 - Manual Therapies in Orthopedic Rehabilitation
A course for athletic trainers on advanced manual techniques in sports medicine: proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, joint mobilization, therapeutic massage, myofascial manipulation, muscle energy techniques, and strain/counterstrain techniques.

5370 Sport Psychology
Study and application of psychological principles which influence behavior, enhance skill acquisition, and maximize sport performance of athletes, coaches, and others involved in sport.

5372 Legal Issues in HHPR and Athletics
Legal aspects of teaching, coaching, and administering physical education, recreation, and athletic programs in secondary and post-secondary education and community settings.

5373 Sport Management
The general objectives of this course are to understand the role of management in sport programs, to develop a philosophy of management, to understand various management theories, and to acquire knowledge and skills to make decisions and solve problems in sport management. These general objectives will be applied to such specific areas as human resource management, marketing, legal liability, facility management, finance, economics, and ethics.

5374 Sport in the Social Context (Cross-listed as SOC 5374)
A course that investigates sport function from an economic, political, sociological and educational perspective and studies the interaction of various social influences such as the mass media, race, gender, and group behavior on sport.

5375 Governance in Sport
Various governing agencies in sport emphasizing investigation of the legal ramifications, organizational structure, authority, membership, and influence of sport governing bodies.

5376 Facility and Event Management (Cross-listed as RLS 5376)
Practical background in all facets of managing a sports event and facility. The content includes organizational structure and staffing, financial management, risk management, operations and maintenance, crowd control and security, marketing an event, and measuring the economic impact of an event.

5377 Issues and Trends in Human Performance and Sport Management
(Cross-listed as RLS 5377)
Investigation of current issues and trends in the fields of Human Performance and Sport Management and how these issues and trends may impact the future.

5379 Research Methods in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(Cross-listed as HED 5379 and RLS 5379)
Developmental theory, investigation and gathering of data, statistical analysis and evaluation, and research reporting as these relate to research in health, human performance, and recreation.

5384 Biomechanics of Human Movement
Prerequisite(s): HP 4384.
Review of current research on the biomechanics of human movement. Practical experience in the methods of biomechanical research. (Laboratory fee required.)

5398 Contemporary Ethical Issues in Sport
A research seminar focusing on ethical problems in the contemporary sport industry and the theoretical models available for analyzing these problems.

5V70 Special Problems in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(Cross-listed as HED 5V70 and RLS 5V70) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.
Opportunities for intensive, in-depth study of areas of health, human performance, or recreation of special professional interest and need to the student. Supervision and support will be given by selected resource persons. May be repeated once.

5V74 Professional Literature Seminar in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(Cross-listed as HED 5V74 and RLS 5V74) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.
Supervised readings in health, human performance, and recreation. May be repeated once.

5V75 Seminar in HHPR
(Cross-listed as HED 5V75 and RLS 5V75) 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

5V90 Internship
(Cross-listed as HED 5V90 and RLS 5V90) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.
Full-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for on the job training in a professional field. Minimum requirement – 400 clock hours and consent of advisor.

5V94 Practicum in HHPR
(Cross-listed as HED 5V94 and RLS 5V94) 1 to
3 sem. hrs.
Part-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for exposure to various
professional areas of employment. May be taken twice. May not be taken if HHPR 5690 is taken. Minimum requirement - 200 clock hours and consent of adviser.

5V99 Thesis
(Cross-listed as HED 5V99 and RLS 5V99) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.
Credit received when thesis approved. A total of six hours will be required. Maximum 10 sem. hrs.


Recreation and Leisure Services (RLS)

4301 Outdoor Education
This course will deal with ways to use the out-of-doors to facilitate and enrich learning related to the school curriculum. It will also deal with ways to enjoy, appreciate, and protect our natural environment. Some of the skills involved are the use of nature games, compass and map games, conservation projects, natural crafts, field investigations, trail building and teaching various classroom subjects in an out-of-doors setting.

4390 Independent Study in Recreation
Additional in-depth study in a particular area under the supervision of a faculty member. For majors only.

4395 Principles of Church Recreation
History, philosophy, objectives, and administration of recreation in the church and how it relates to the total ministry of the church. It will include an overview of various areas of church recreation and an investigation of leisure and its value in a church setting.

4396 Leisure Services for Persons with Disabilities
The nature and implications of illness and disabilities upon individuals with consideration of societal attitudes, role of leisure professionals, investigation of laws and legislation, programming opportunities, and resources for service delivery. Lab experience included.

4397 Therapeutic Recreation Programming and Evaluation
Assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation of therapeutic recreation programs and services in clinical and community settings with experiential opportunities.

4398 Intervention Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in RLS 2395 or consent of instructor. Individual and group leisure education, therapeutic interventions, assistive and adaptive facilitation techniques, and documentation applied in clinical and community settings with persons with disabilities.

5301 Leadership and Supervision of Outdoor Adventure Activities
Leadership of outdoor adventure activities in a variety of leisure settings with focus on liability, supervisiion, and management standards. (Laboratory fee required.)

5376 Facility and Event Management
(See H P 5376)

5377 Issues and Trends in Human Performance and Sport Management
(See H P 5377)

5379 Research Methods in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5379)

5391 Administrative Practices and Issues in Leisure Services
Awareness of legal, legislative, political, organizational, policy, planning, evaluation, and managing human resources and relationships in leisure service programs considering professional trends and directions.

5392 Leisure Well-Being in Later Life (Cross-listed as SOC 5392)
Focus on how to create leisure opportunities to contribute to well-being of individuals in later years. Students will be involved in developing innovative approaches to leisure experiences for senior adults. Lab experience required.

5396 Administrative Practices and Issues in Recreation Therapy
Prerequisite(s): Foundation of therapeutic recreation or consent of instructor. Financial, personnel, reimbursement, legal, legislative standards of practice and criteria applied during operation of clinical and community programs and services with persons with disabilities.

5V70 Special Problems in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5V70) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V74 Professional Literature Seminar in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See H P 5V74) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V75 Seminar in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
(See HP 5V75) 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

5V90 Internship
(See H P 5V90) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

5V94 Practicum in HHPR
(See H P 5V94) 1 to 3 sem. hrs.

5V99 Thesis
(See H P 5V99) 1 to 6 sem. hrs.


Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health (ENH)

ENH 6300 - Research Methods: Nutrition & Weight Management
A comprehensive overview of research methods and experimental design issues of conducting nutrition and weight management research. 3 hours lecture. Lab fee required.

ENH 6100 – Lab Rotation: Nutrition & Weight Management
Laboratory rotation in nutrition and weight management research. 1 hour lab rotation. Lab fee required.

ENH 6302 - Research Methods: Exercise & Rehabilitation
A comprehensive overview of research methods and experimental design issues of conducting exercise intervention and rehabilitation research in a university and clinical setting. 3 hours lecture. Lab fee required.

ENH 6102 – Lab Rotation: Exercise & Rehabilitation
Laboratory rotation in exercise and rehabilitation research. 1 hour lab rotation. Lab fee required.

ENH 6304 - Research Methods: Preventive Health Intervention
A comprehensive overview of research methods and experimental design issues related to conducting health promotion and intervention research trials in the university, clinical, and community health environments. 3 hours lecture. Lab fee required.

ENH 6104 – Lab Rotation: Preventive Health Intervention
Laboratory rotation in health promotion and intervention research. 1 hours lecture. Lab fee required.

ENH 6320 - Nutritional Biochemistry
An advanced study of the biochemical pathways related to macro- and mico-nutrient synthesis and metabolism. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6322 - Exercise, Nutrition, and Endocrinology
An overview of the role of the endocrine system on metabolism and how nutrition affects hormonal control, regulation, substrate availability, catabolism, and anabolism. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6324 - Muscle Physiology & Metabolism
An advanced study of the microstructure, function, and metabolism of human muscle with attention to molecular, histochemical, and biochemical assessment methodology used to assess the effects of exercise, training, and/or nutritional interventions on muscle physiology and biochemistry. 3 hours lecture. Lab fee required.

ENH 6326 - Advanced Nutrition I: Macronutrients, Exercise, & Health
An advanced study of the role of carbohydrate, fat, and protein on exercise, performance, and health. The course will focus on how dietary manipulation of macronutrients affects resting and exercise metabolism, disease prevention, and/or disease management. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6328 - Advanced Nutrition II: Micronutrients, Exercise, & Health
An advanced study of the role of vitamins and minerals on exercise, performance, and health. The course will focus on how dietary manipulation of vitamins and minerals affects resting and exercise metabolism, disease prevention, and/or disease management. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6330 - Obesity & Weight Management
An overview of the pathophysiology and health impact of obesity. This course will describe current theories, methods, and techniques related to weight loss, weight management, and conducting obesity research. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6340 - Health Aspects of Strength & Conditioning
An advanced overview of the role of resistance exercise and training on optimizing the physiological adaptations of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems in order to optimize health in order to prevent or manage chronic disease. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6342 - Health Aspects of Cardiopulmonary Conditioning
An advanced analysis of the integrative responses of the cardiopulmonary system and relationship to health and disease. The course will provide a scientific perspective with relevant implications for clinical and applied settings as well as conceptual models and techniques for discovering regulatory mechanisms. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6344 - Therapeutic Exercise Programming for Special Populations
An advanced study of the methods and techniques of designing, monitoring, and assessing outcomes of therapeutic exercise rehabilitation programs for individuals with chronic disease and/or disabilities. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6346 - Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Learning injury rehabilitation through the principles of rehabilitation and applications of various tools and techniques such as manual techniques for orthopedic assessments and gait analysis and isokinetic technology applied to rehabilitation following injury and surgery.  3 hours lecture.  Lab fee required.

ENH 6348 - Exercise Adherence/Motivation
An overview of the theoretical foundations and research base of physical activity behavior change and exercise adherence. Innovative methods for affecting attitudes, knowledge, and behavior regarding exercise initiation and adherence in individuals and groups will be presented. 3 hours lecture.

ENH 6360 - Theories and Strategies for Health Behavior Change
Emphasizes behavior change and planning models (e.g., Operant Conditioning, Social Cognitive Theory, Social Ecological Framework, Health Belief Model, PRECEDE-PROCEED, PATCH, MATCH, Community Empowerment) used in health behavior research design. Theory-based preventive health and health promotion strategies (e.g., faith-based, recreational/leisure, coordinated school health programs) also discussed. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: All core courses.

ENH 6362 - Design of Outcome-Based Health Interventions
Focuses on research-specific needs assessment and design of health intervention programs to produce measurable impact and outcomes. Addresses influences (e.g., policies, capacities, cultures of government agencies, corporations, community organizations) on intervention processes and results. Grant-writing project frames intervention design and enables collaboration with grant-funding decision-makers. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: ENH 6362 Theories and Strategies for Health Behavior Change.

ENH 6364 - Analysis of Health Promotion Interventions
Focuses on analysis of health promotion programs as interventions to detect measurable impact and outcomes. Overviews program evaluation from a practitioner's viewpoint and helps students understand the differences between process, impact, and outcome analyses and the relative use of each within a research paradigm. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: ENH 6362
Design of Outcome-Based Health Interventions

ENH 6366 - Preventive Health in Medically Underserved Populations
Overviews knowledge and skills needed to conduct culturally competent health research among medically underserved populations. Overviews health status and contributing factors of the medically underserved. Presents concepts, theories, and terminology used in multicultural preventive health and health promotion efforts. Examines traditional cultural health beliefs and practices of a variety of ethnic groups and overviews the culture of poverty. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: All core courses.

ENH 6368 - Preventive Health in Aging Populations
Overviews psychosocial aspects of aging and concepts, theories, terminology used in preventive health among aging populations. Research evidence for health disparities among aging populations in a variety of settings will be covered. Adapting preventive health research methods and strategies to work effectively with aging individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., faith-based, recreational/leisure, coordinated school health programs,) will be a primary focus. 3 hours lecture. Prerequisites: All core courses.


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