Kinesiology and Health- Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health

For information, contact:

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Kinesiology and Health

106 Phillips Hall (513-529-2700)

www.miamioh.edu/knh

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate preparation typically includes coursework in exercise science, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, women's, gender and sexuality studies, zoology, chemistry, health, and related areas.

Program Requirements

Requirements include at least 15 semester hours in courses 600-level and above and at least 12 semester hours in courses offered by the department.

In the Kinesiology and Health M.S. degree program, students may choose concentrations in kinesiology, health promotion, or psychosocial sport studies. Required courses and typical electives are listed and must be approved by your adviser.

Students must complete all KNH requirements for the M.S. in Kinesiology and Health, including a minimum of 36 credits, KNH 621 Research Foundations, area of concentration coursework, capstone experience, and successful completion of a final certifying examination. The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student’s guidance committee. Required coursework for this area of concentration is listed below

Exercise and Health Science Concentration

The graduate program in kinesiology is designed for students interested in physiological, psychological, and motoric functioning in a variety of physical activity environments and conditions. Multidisciplinary coursework emphasizes exercise physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and motivation/behavior change.

The department's newly equipped human performance and motor behavior laboratories allow students and faculty to administer underwater weighing, bioelectrical impedance, exercise stress tests, respiratory, metabolic, blood lipid, blood pressure, electrocardiography, sensory functioning, motor functioning, electromyography, ground reaction force, and motion analysis, and muscle strength and endurance tests.

Career opportunities include: clinical exercise physiologist, worksite health promotion, pharmaceutical sales, biomedical research, health and fitness directors, personal training/strength and conditioning specialist, or rehabilitation (e.g., cardiac, physical). This program can also provide preparation for professional programs such as medicine or chiropractic.

Required courses

KNH 621 Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (3)

KNH 682 Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science (2)

KNH 684 Advanced Seminar in Exercise Science (1)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics (3) or

EHS 668 Behavior Statistics II (3) or

another course suited to your analytical perspective

Exercise and Health Science Core Courses (choose four 600 level courses)

KNH 654 Physical Activity Motivation (3)

KNH 668 Advanced Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity (4)

KNH 681 Human Motor Control and Learning (4)

KNH 688 Advanced Biomechanics (3)

Thesis option

As part of the 36 required hours, take the following:

KNH 700 Thesis Preparation (1-10; 4 required; 10 towards any degree)

Health Promotion Concentration

The health promotion concentration is designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge in the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of health across the human lifespan. The curriculum emphasizes both cultural and personal determinants of health and wellness. Coursework prepares students as program planners and coordinators of health promotion programs in community, worksite, clinical, and educational settings.

Required courses

KNH 621 Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (3)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics (3) or

EHS 668 Behavior Statistics II (3) or

another course suited to your analytical perspective

Health Promotion Core Courses (take all)

KNH 562 Health Promotion, Planning and Evaluation (3)

KNH 611 Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)

KNH 612 Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion and Education (3)

KNH 613 Health Communication and Education (3)

Health-Related Electives (take 12 hours)

Thesis option

As part of the 36 required hours, take the following two courses:

KNH 700 Thesis Preparation (1-10; 4 required; 10 towards any degree)

Psychosocial Sport Studies Concentration

In this program, psychosocial refers to the study of psychological and social factors that influence sport and physical activity participation. Core coursework offers sport psychology, sport sociology, sport developmental, and motor learning classes. Sport psychology involves the study of human thought, emotion, and behavior in recreational and competitive sport. This includes the study of individual processes such as motivational orientations, self-efficacy, and stress/anxiety, as well as social factors such as group processes, coaching, and leadership effectiveness. Sport psychology researchers and practitioners attempt to understand how to enhance the performance of sport participants, as well as their personal development and experience of physical activity. Sport sociology focuses on sport as a social phenomenon, and on the social and cultural structures, patterns, and organizations or groups engaged in sport. Sociology of sport also considers social inequality, social mobility, and social justice in sport. Developmental aspects of children’s participation in sport is another focus of the program, based on key issues such as children’s readiness for sport skill development and the specialization and professionalization of children’s sport. Finally, study of the control of human movement is offered, which focuses on the biopsychosocial factors that determine the proficiency of skilled motor performance.

Required courses

KNH 621 Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (3)

EHS 667 Behavioral Statistics (3) or

EHS 668 Behavior Statistics II (3) or

another course suited to your analytical perspective

Psychosocial Sport Studies Core (take four)

KNH 632 Psychological Foundations of Sport (3)

KNH 633 Psychological Interventions in Sport (3)

KNH 634 Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)

KNH 673 Developmental Perspectives on Youth Sport Participation (3)

KNH 676 Cultural Studies of Sport (3)

KNH 681 Human Motor Control and Learning (4)

Thesis option

As part of the 36 required hours, take the following:

KNH 700 Thesis Preparation (1-10; 4 required; 10 towards any degree)

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