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Graduate Programs

 

Graduates of our programs work in a range of professions such as Regional and State Health Departments, teach in elementary and secondary schools, provide leadership in corporate fitness and cardiac rehabilitation programs. We have excellent collaborations with State Health programs, regional medical centers and exercise promotion facilities.

DOCTORAL SPECIALIZATION: PATHOKINESIOLOGY

The Pathokinesiology specialization focuses on the scientific study of human movement (kinesiology) as it relates to any abnormal condition (patho) affecting movement and postural dysfunctions. The ultimate goal of research in Pathokinesiology is to help improve the quality of life of individuals who have movement and postural dysfunctions.

The Pathokinesiology Program is supported by four research laboratories: the Biomechanics, Sensory Motor Behavior Laboratory, Sports Medicine Laboratory, and Motor Rehabilitation and Learning Laboratory

MASTER OF SCIENCE: HEALTH & HUMAN MOVEMENT

KHS offers a Master of Science in Health & Human Movement with Specializations in the following areas: Health Education, Exercise Science, and Sports Medicine. Each program is a two-year curriculum with no required summer courses. Graduate studies in KHS allow students a more in-depth course of study within their discipline combining advanced coursework with research and practical experience to prepare graduates for employment opportunities in their field. The MS degree also provides an excellent preparation for students pursuing admission into Medical School, School of Dentistry, Physical Therapy or other health professions graduate education.

Required Coursework

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Health Education & Promotion- Preferred undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Health Education or Health Promotion but will consider an allied field of study.

Exercise Science-Preferred undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as Kinesiology, Exercise or Sport Sciences. If other degree candidate may have to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Anatomical Kinesiology.

Sports Medicine- Candidates must have received an undergraduate degree in Athletic training from an accredited program and be a certified or be eligible to become a certified Athletic Trainer.

MASTER OF FITNESS PROMOTION

Graduate students choosing the MS KHS Master of Fitness Promotion will focus on developing skills and attributes for designing, delivering and evaluating fitness and wellness programs designed to improve the quality of life of the program's participants. To accomplish this mission, the graduate students in the Corporate Wellness Program will meet the following objectives:

  • To develop a knowledge base and be able to apply that knowledge to impact areas such as health-related and mental fitness as they relate to hypokinetic diseases and conditions.
  • To gain a basic understanding of the core disciplines including Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Research Methodology.
  • To be able to apply exercise prescription for both the general population and for special populations, such as: persons with diabetes, poor cholesterol profiles, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other debilitating diseases.

To be able to adjust the workplace environment to decrease the chance of repetitive injuries, which requires a basic knowledge of occupational ergonomics.
To gain an understanding of the concepts of marketing and management of a corporate wellness program.
To gain practical experience of a wellness program through the requirement of a 400-hour practicum in a facility that functions to promote health and wellness.

Required Coursework

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Preferred undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as Kinesiology, Exercise or Sport Sciences. If other degree candidate may have to complete prerequisite undergraduate courses such as Human Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Anatomical Kinesiology.

MASTER OF HEALTH PROMOTION

The Master of Health Promotion (MHP) degree is a two-year program that is geared toward current and future practitioners of health promotion. Health promotion includes the implementation of planned educational, environmental, or organizational activities that support or improve the health of individuals, groups and communities. The coursework is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to apply the degree in a professional capacity.  This might include public health, non-profit, patient, worksite or school settings.  While students in the MHP program will be required to complete rigorous research training, the primary focus of the degree is to acquire advanced skills in health promotion.

Required Coursework

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Preferred undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, Health Education or Health Promotion but will consider an allied field of study.

MASTER OF EDUCATION: PHYSICAL AND SPORT EDUCATION

The Master of Education in Physical and Sport Education is a non-thesis option for off-campus professionals, such as teachers, coaches, school administrators, and other fitness professionals. The degree is designed to promote best practices and enhance discipline knowledge in KHS professionals currently employed in public school districts, private schools, and other community-oriented agencies. All courses are presently offered through USU's Distance Education Program as interactive broadcast. Graduate students may access these classes either from the main campus in Logan, the regional campuses of USU or several remote sites throughout the State of Utah.

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENT

Undergraduate degree in Physical Education or other teaching degree. Interest in obtaining content coursework toward physical education teaching endorsement.

Master of public healthMASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program at USU trains students to be leaders in the field of Public Health. The MPH provides students with a strong educational and research foundation in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, sociobehavioral public health, policy and administration.

MPH graduates will be prepared for careers in health care professions, academic institutions, local, state, and federal health agencies, private industry, and non-profit organizations. For more information, please visit mph.usu.edu.