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Course Descriptions

Research Methods

This course will provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods that are commonly used in the field of exercise and health science. The course will focus on acquainting students with skills to identify the questions to address the research questions or real world problems, to understand and apply different study designs, to design different approaches to evaluate a real world program, and to collect, analyze, integrate, and report data.

HSC 5320 Foundations of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with an overview and understanding of the significant issues and trends in chronic disease. Topics include: heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and musculoskeletal diseases will be studied. In addition, risk factors, extent, and modern public health approaches to prevention and control of major chronic diseases will also be covered.

HSC5000 Physical Activity and Exercise Technology

In this course, students will gain competency in skills important in health care (heart rate, blood pressure at rest and during exercise, electrocardiogram), human performance and exercise testing (body composition, strength testing, aerobic capacity, and anaerobic capacity), and promotion of physical activity and health (wearable and related technologies). Students will also learn the physiological basis of the different performance measurements and technologies.

HSC5100 Advanced Exercise Physiology

In-depth study of acute and chronic responses to cardiopulmonary, metabolic, biochemical, and cellular adaption to exercise and training with special reference to hydration, thermo regulation, renal and muscular function.

HSC 6200 Sports Nutrition

A study of nutrition as it relates to optimum performance for sport and health. Nutrient needs, sources, functions and interactions are reviewed according to the latest scientific findings. Principles of body conditioning are emphasized with attention to diet and lifestyle practices that promote health and decrease risks of nutrition related diseases


The capstone seminar provides guidance and assistance to graduate students in designing and implementing their capstone project, through group or one-on-one meetings with the course instructor. It also creates a learning community in which students will share their capstone work with others to gain constructive feedback and to generate ideas about the best ways to complete the capstone project. The seminar format of the class means that students should come prepared to discuss their own work as well as carefully consider the work of their peers so they can offer insights as to how projects can be improved. The capstone advisor will provide feedback on student work, answer questions, provide advice, and facilitate successful planning and implementation of the capstone project.

Health Sciences Organizational Leadership

This course examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership and business concepts focusing on the role of the leader within health science organizations.  Topics to be discussed include personal leadership preferences, leadership theory and practice, organizational communication, developing teams managing change in organizations, financial leadership, basic marketing concepts, and program development.  How these theories and concepts are practically applied in the field will be a major focus of this course.

HSC 6300 Advanced Strength and Conditioning

This course will explore exercises meant to prevent injuries, reduce movement deficiencies, improve muscle imbalances, and maximize results by creating safe, individualized training programs by identifying dysfunctions, developing a plan of action, and implementing exercise solutions. This course prepares students to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.