Kinesiology and Health- Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health

For information, contact:
Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Kinesiology and Health
106 Phillips Hall, 513-529-2700
www.MiamiOH.edu/knh
neacehm@MiamiOH.edu

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 sport leadership. Required courses and typical electives are listed and must be approved by your advisor.

Students must complete all KNH requirements for the M.S. in Kinesiology and Health, including a minimum of 30 credits, KNH 621, area of concentration coursework, capstone experience, and successful completion of a final exit examination. The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan developed with one's academic advisor. Required coursework for each 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 621Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health3
Select one of the following:3
Behavior Statistics
Behavior Statistics II
Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields
Exercise and Health Science Core Courses
Select three 600 level courses:9-10
Advanced Motor Control and Learning
Physical Activity Motivation
Advanced Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity
Design and Evaluation of Individualized Fitness Programs
Exercise, Age, and Health
Advanced Biomechanics
Capstone Experience and Exit Options
One of these: 4-6
Thesis, M.A. 1
OR Four Credits of any combination of:
Independent Reading
Internship in Exercise, Health, and Sport Delivery Systems
Research Problems
Electives8-11
Total Credit Hours30
1

6 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 621Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health3
Select one of the following:3
Behavior Statistics
Behavior Statistics II
Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields
Health Promotion Core Courses
KNH 562Public Health Planning and Evaluation3
KNH 611Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Education3
KNH 612Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion and Education3
KNH 613Health Communication & Education3
Capstone Experience and Exit Options
One of these: 4-6
Thesis, M.A. 1
OR Four credits of any combination of:
Independent Reading
Internship in Exercise, Health, and Sport Delivery Systems
Research Problems
Electives6-8
Total Credit Hours30
1

6 required; 10 towards any degree.

Sport Leadership Concentration

This Master’s program is focused on the study of leadership in sport, with supporting interdisciplinary knowledge in kinesiology, health, and related cognate areas. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to become competent, transformative leaders in the fields of sport and education. The program prepares students for leadership roles in higher education, coaching, athletic administration, student-athlete development, and consulting through required coursework, independent experiences in research, teaching, consulting, coaching, and administrative internships.

Required courses
KNH 621Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health3
Select one of the following:3
Behavior Statistics
Behavior Statistics II
Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health, and Sport Studies Fields
Sport Leadership Core
Select four courses of the following:12
Psychological Foundations of Sport
Psychological Interventions in Sport
Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Strategic Management of Sport Organizations
Developmental Perspectives on Youth Sport Participation
Cultural Studies of Sport
Capstone Experience and Exit Options
One of these: 4-6
Thesis, M.A. 1
OR Four credits of any combination of:
Independent Reading
Internship in Exercise, Health, and Sport Delivery Systems
Research Problems
Electives6-8
Total Credit Hours30
1

6 required; 10 towards any degree.