M.S.K. + Graduate Certificate in Public Health

Directed kinesiology electives (3 credits)

Addresses theoretical and empirical aspects of topics including exercise and mental health, anxiety and sport performance, “personology” and sport, overtraining, exercise adherence, and perceived exertion.

An integrative analysis of the physiological, psychological and biomechanical principles, mechanisms and phenomena underlying the acquisition of the capacities and abilities required for high-level physical performance.

A study of problems as they relate to philosophy, procedures, and practices in adapted physical education.

Physiology, assessment techniques and interpretation of basic cardiac rhythm, 12-lead EKG, and adjunctive imaging techniques in clinical exercise testing. Introduction to basic cardiac pharmacology.

Theory of measurement in physical education, selection and administration of appropriate tests, and interpretation of results by statistical procedures. Project required to apply theory taught.

In this course there will be an in-depth study of physiological principles applied to clinical exercise physiology; exercise testing and training. Basic areas include cardiovascular, pulmonary, gait, electromyography, posture, and body composition.

Graduate certificate in public health (15 hrs)*

The graduate certificate in public health is a 15-credit-hour program of study. Courses for the certificate program are offered in the fall, spring, and summer and are available in class or online.

In order to receive the certificate, students must complete 15 credit hours of approved public health coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Transfer credit or course waivers are not allowed as substitution for any courses in the certificate program.

*Students must meet admission requirements for the School of Public Health & Human Sciences.

Learn about the Graduate Certificate in Public Health

This course will introduce students to basic epidemiologic concepts including determinants of health and patterns of disease in populations, population health descriptive techniques, use of health indicators and secondary data sources. Students will gain an understanding of the role of epidemiology in developing prevention strategies and policy. Among the topics to be covered are measures of mortality and morbidity, design and analysis of observational studies, community health assessment, and program evaluation.

The course focuses on environmental health which is the branch of public health that protects against the effects of environmental hazards that can adversely affect health or the ecological balances essential to human health and environmental quality. The environment influences many aspects of human health and well-being. Many diseases are initiated, promoted, sustained, or stimulated by environmental factors. For these reasons, the interactions people have with their environment are an important component of public health.

This course is designed to introduce students to the philosophies and principles that provide the foundation for health promotion and disease prevention with an emphasis on population-based public health approaches. Students will explore topics that promote a broader and better understanding of determinants of health; the multiple factors contributing to health and illness behaviors; fundamentals, theories and principles that shed light on health and illness behaviors; and philosophies, principles and strategies that facilitate improvements in population health and the elimination of health disparities. Students will be introduced to the important complementary relationships between and comingled effects of the determinants of health with an emphasis on the social determinants of health. Students will be presented with new approaches to improve, by not only focusing on individual capacities and capabilities to address their diseases and/or ailments, but also, most importantly perhaps, focus on the conditions and contexts in which individuals have the liberty and limits to make choices that influence health and illness behaviors in many different ways.

This course explores the U.S. health care system, policy development, and ethical challenges. It examines the structure, components, organization and financing of the U.S. health care system. The policy process at national, state, and local levels will be analyzed using legislation and related activities.

One semester of undergraduate mathematics. This course introduces the basic principles and methods of data analysis in public health biostatistics. Emphasis is placed on public health examples as they relate to concepts such as sampling, study design, descriptive statistics, probability, statistical distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, chi-square tests, t-tests, analysis of variance, linear regression and correlation. An introduction to SAS statistical software is now a part of this course.

NOTE: Students who have been awarded a graduate certificate in public health have two years to apply their credits toward the kinesiology master’s degree. Graduates of the certificate program who do not apply to the kinesiology program within two years after completing the requirements of the certificate will not be allowed to apply the 15 credits from the certificate program toward the degree.

Important clarification: A student who uses some or all of the certificate credits toward the master’s in public health (MPH) cannot use the same credits toward the M.S. in kinesiology degree.

Admission to or successful completion of the public health certificate does not guarantee subsequent admission into the M.S.K. or MPH graduate programs.