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Course Descriptions - Kinesiology Degrees

KINE 1400 Introduction to Health Sciences
This course offers a basic overview of human health.  Topics to be addressed include the following: the historical development of public health and ways that health affects daily life; explain the basic principles of epidemiology, including rates, risk factors, disease determinants, causation and surveillance; explain the manner in which health information and communications can be used to improve health; identify how social and behavioral interventions affect health; explain how policy and law affect health; identify the impact of the environment; describe the manner in which communicable diseases affect health; and, describe the basic organization of health care and public health systems.
credit hours: 3

KINE 1800 Wellness in Contemporary American Society
A holistic approach to wellness is presented via the components of total fitness, e.g., physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.  Emphasis is placed on behaviors that serve to prevent illness and injury rather than rehabilitative strategies that are implemented after the fact.  Content addresses both theoretical and applied perspectives of wellness that should be used in developing personalized exercise programs and healthy lifestyles.  Additional topics to be covered include (but are not limited to): strategies for optimal nutrition, global versus national health and fitness trends, comparative analysis of healthcare systems, alternative forms of preventive/rehabilitative medicine, and environmental impact on wellness.
credit hours: 3

KINE 2010 Social Aspects of Health
Pre-requistites: Examination of health problems facing groups and communities, including those associated with environmental hazards.
credit hours: 3

KINE 2220 Mind/Body Health
Health is influenced by physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional determinants.  In this course, the interaction of these determinants is explored as they relate to the prevention, onset, and progression of, and recovery from, disease.  The aim is to provide an overview of the mind/body connection in relation to overall wellness using established theoretical and applied perspectives, e.g., cognitive behaviorism, psychoneuroimmunology, and guidelines for healthy lifestyles.
credit hours: 3

KINE 2230 Stress Management
This course examines stress from psycho-physiological and behavioral perspectives.  It will afford each student the opportunity to experience various strategies used in coping with stress, e.g., self-mastery, meditation, imagery, exercise, nutrition, and cognitive restructuring.  Various theories are discussed that serve as the foundation for the understanding of and coping with everyday stressors as well as those that occur unexpectedly.
credit hours: 3

KINE 2330 Nutrition and Behavior
This course is intended to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of nutritional science.  Emphasis is given to the basic food constituents and their physiological relationships within the body.  Topics will include but not limited to:  the fundamental principles of normal nutrition; the interactions between diet and energy expenditure; gender differences; changes in nutrient needs throughout the life cycle; computer-assisted nutritional analyses; and, web-based nutritional sites.  Includes the investigation of optimal health, allergies, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, learning disabilities, eating disorders, delinquency, mental disorders and senility as they pertain to nutritional practices.  
credit hours: 3

KINE 3001 Special Topics
Special topics in Kinesiology.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3002 Special Topics
Special topics in Kinesiology.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3003 Special Topics
Special topics in Kinesiology.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3110 Exercise & Sport Physiology
This course will examine the psychological and social-psychological antecedents and consequences of exercise, physical activity and sports participation. Emphasis will be on theory and research on personality, motivation, arousal, cognition, attributions, leadership, and group dynamics.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3120 Biomechanics
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the application of mechanical principles to human movement and methods of motion analysis.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3130 Lifespan Motor Development
This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge base in the study of changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes, and factors that affect them.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3200 The Human Body
This course will focus on the structural and functional significance of the human body with emphasis on the specific systems of the body, including but not limited to skeletal, muscular, neurological, endocrine, respiratory, reproductive, and integumentary systems. This course will cover an introduction to common illnesses/disease processes/injuries specific to each body system.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3220 Global Health
This course will introduce students to critical issues in today's global health scene. Students will learn how to respond to global health problems in effective e, culturally sensitive, and ethical ways. Emphasis is placed on the main principles of global health, including an analysis of global health systems, diseases, programs, health governance and policies, identification and interpretation of current relevant data sources, and multidisciplinary intervention strategies.  Topics covered will include globalization and health, global health systems and economics, the global burden of chronic and infectious diseases, mental health issues worldwide, cultural humility and cultural competence, women and children's health issues, injuries/accidents and domestic violence, environmental concerns and consequences pertinent to global health, and human rights and immigration health issues.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3250 Gender based Issues in Health
Students will explore health concepts as they apply to the particular health needs of women and men within the context of a gender-based health care system in the United States. The course will address: epidemiologic and sociological analysis of the major causes of morbidity and mortality of women and men; impact of social and behavioral influences; relationship of social, economic, and political inequality trends to women and men’s health and health services. Contextually, this course will emphasize health promotion in women and men, but also integrate the effects of health services and the environment. Special attention will be given to the intersections of race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, age, and the issue of both genders as health service providers. Comparisons of national, international, and multicultural health issues will be presented.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3330 Epidemiology of Aging
Explores the benefits and risks of physical activity in later years as well as the challenges and incentives that coincide with active living.  Emphasis is on understanding the physiological and psychosocial changes of older adults, and developing skills in designing and implementing strategies to address specific, age-appropriate needs.  Studies the effects of diet, the evaluation of food products for nutrient content, the recommended components to promote weight control and energy balance from conception through adulthood on psychological and physiological states.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3500 Cultural Differences in Healing
This course is designed to explore the impact of culture on the perception of health and illness, and how this translates into health-seeking behaviors and broader health systems. This course will present an anthropological view of health and illness through its various cultural markers, such as pain, stress, care vs. cure, diet, gender, doctor/patient relationships, mental health, among others. Other topics include epidemiology and research methods, and comparative health systems. Special topics include cultural responses to AIDS and media and contemporary messaging.
credit hours: 3

KINE3600 Economics of Health & Wellness
This course provides an introduction to the application of economic theory to the field of health and wellness. In particular, students will study the individual as a producer of health/wellness and as a consumer of healthcare services. Also, the role of physicians, hospitals, insurance providers, and the government in the health and medical care marketplace will be examined. Finally, the role of universal insurance and international comparisons of the efficiency and effectiveness of health care systems will be studied.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3650 Childhood Obesity
This course will examine the prevalence and impact of obese conditions on disease development in childhood and adolescence. The course will analyze current evidence focused on interventions used in the behavior and clinical management of overweight and obese youth in community and clinical settings.
credit hours: 3

KINE 3910 Independent Study
Students complete an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval is required by the Program Director.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4010 Catastrophic Illnesses and Injuries
This course reviews the many catastrophic diseases and epidemics that have ravaged human populations, past and present, and how societies have understood and responded to these challenges over time. Possible changes in social conventions, information sharing and healthcare practices which may be necessary to deal with current and future epidemics are discussed. Lessons learned from previous catastrophes may help to deal with future ones.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4030 Exercise Physiology
Basic human physiology with emphasis on the physiological changes associated with exercise and overload that affect the underlying function of cells and organ systems of the human body.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4050 Mass Media and Health
This course examines the effects of mass media on population health, from the negative impact of advertising of unhealthy products (e.g., cigarettes, alcohol and junk food), to the positive impact of public-health campaigns.  Content includes an overview of behavioral science theory, themes and approaches to advertising, mass media prevention, and health promotion campaigns.  Case studies of current media coverage and advertising campaigns will be used to demonstrate the effects of media on health and social behavior.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4070 Motor Learning
This course is an introduction to applied and basic theoretical aspects of motor learning as they apply to exercise science and related professions. It also includes a major hands-on component introducing the student to the experimental study of motor learning principles.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4110 Sports Medicine
This course will examine therapeutic modalities and the advanced care, prevention, and treatment of athletic injuries.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4120 Strength & Conditioning
This course will examine the development and evaluation of training principles and programs for diverse populations. Emphasis is placed on physiological adaptations and mechanical principles related to the application of resistance training.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4150 Exercise Prescription
This course presents students with the most current information on health-related physical fitness testing and exercise programming for individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and disease states.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4200 Mental Health
This course examines mental health issues in the context of social, environmental, governmental and legal conditions.  Specific attention will be given to: identifying historical and current developments in mental health policy in the United States; explaining the significance of stigma in society regarding mental illness and how it affects individuals with mental illness; explaining the manner in which the legal system copes with the mentally ill; analyzing the etiology of some major mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, PTSD, and childhood disorders) and how these disorders affect an individual's ability to function in society; identifying risk factors and protective factors related to mental disorders/illness; identifying public health efforts for prevention and intervention of mental disorders in the U.S.; and, access to public health programs, support services, medication costs, and insurance coverage for those with mental illnesses/conditions.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4250 Environmental Health
This course provides students with an introduction to scientific approaches to the investigation and modification of the effects of environmental factors on human health. Contributions of the fields of toxicology and epidemiology and the implications of research findings for policy and regulation are examined. The roles of local, state, and federal governments in environmental health are critically evaluated, as are initiatives by non-governmental organizations.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4600 Wellness Coaching
Motivational interviewing is an individualized technique based on the trans-theoretical model of personal change.  Individual choice is influenced by many factors.  Behavioral change, whether in regard to addiction, relationships, exercise, nutrition among others, is a dynamic process.  This course will explore the trans-theoretical model of behavior change as it pertains to any desired individual behavioral shift.  In addition, motivational interviewing strategies to include non-confrontation, reflective listening, client self-efficacy and risk reduction will be emphasized in this course.  Participants will become knowledgeable in the philosophies, practices, and outcomes of models of behavior change.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4650 Grant Writing
This course will provide students with the background necessary to develop a competitive funding proposal. Students will also be informed about local, state, and federal funding sources for various healthcare sources.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4910 Independent Study
Students complete an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval is required by the Program Director.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4920 Independent Study
Students complete an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval is required by the Program Director.
credit hours: 3

KINE 4930 Independent Study
Students complete an independent project under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval is required by the Program Director.
credit hours: 3

KINE 5001 Internship
This course will help students bridge between college and work or between current careers and the next. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours field experience in a Health and Wellness related facility. This course is to be taken during the student’s senior year of study or with approval of the program director. Students are required to turn in a weekly timesheet and weekly journal summaries detailing their duties and experiences on the internship site. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a final paper and an evaluation from the internship site supervisor. A 2.5 grade point average is required for enrollment in the internship. All internships must be approved by program director.
credit hours: 3

KINE 6100 Cross-Disciplinary Aspects of Health and Wellness Management
This course examines overall management of wellness programs and facilities with an emphasis on human resource management. Future wellness professionals will enhance their knowledge of how these elements can be applied to wellness management settings. Topics include organizational structure, training and managing staff, financial management, legal and ethical concerns and customer service relations.
credit hours: 3

KINE 6250 Leadership in Health & Wellness Professions
This course surveys major concepts, examples, practices, and theories of organizational leadership with a special emphasis on analyzing and developing one’s own personal leadership skills. It is designed to build upon fundamental leadership theories, e.g. situational, charismatic, servant, transactional/transformational, path-goal, trait leadership, skill-based, and the life cycle theory. Participants will study the theoretical and applied nature of administration and leadership with an organizational context in efforts to develop their personal and philosophical framework, e.g. understanding individuals as followers and leaders, decision-making, promoting diversity and respect for all individuals.
credit hours: 3

KINE 6450 Legal and Ethical Principles of Wellness Management
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain insight and understanding about the law and its implications on professionals in the fields of health, wellness, sport, education, leisure, and fitness. This course will examine federal, state, and local health care regulations impacting ethical decision-making; the rapidly expanding Codes of Professional Ethics for health care service providers in the fields of health, wellness, sports, education, leisure, insurance, and management; the legal aspects of health information management; and the HIPAA Privacy Standards and rules concerning the use and disclosure of medical and health information.
credit hours: 3

KINE 6650 Research Methods in Kinesiology
In this course, students will investigate research methodology, experimental design and scientific writing, research literature and conduct research. Students will also be introduced to concepts in probability, basic statistical inference procedures of estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing directed toward applications in science.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7100 Exercise and Nutrition in Health Disease
This course addresses the key health concerns and core differences in programming needs of various populations throughout one’s life cycle. An examination of nutritional concerns, requirements and metabolism from psychosocial, physical, and economic factors affecting nutritional status through the life span. Preparation of the health professional in assessing and providing services to clients and populations will be addressed. Students will also learn the roles that physical activity and nutritional practices play in the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Populations of focus include children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. Methods of physical activity and nutritional assessment for each stage of the life cycle will be examined.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7150 Programming Approaches in Health and Wellness
This course provides an overview of leading health program planning theories including PRECEDE/PROCEDE and intervention mapping. Organizational and administrative approaches utilized in the conduct of health/wellness promotion programs will be described. Emphasis will be placed upon the selection, development, promotion, conduct, and evaluation of the various components of health/wellness promotion programs.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7200 Health and Wellness Intervention Strategies
This course will provide students with an understanding of the process involved in planning health interventions in health education and health promotion environments. Practical applications of the needs assessment process, program development and implementation will be executed including the skills, theory and practice involved in assessing clients to develop health related life skills.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7250 Motivational Interviewing for Health Managers
This course will include content of exploration into the attitudes and motivations of personal health behavior and an in-depth exploration of motivational interviewing principles and applications.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7300 Employee Health & Worksite Wellness
The relationship of employee health to healthcare costs and productivity will be discussed as a return on investment (ROI) and an investment in human capital. Strategic and product management planning are developed in relationship to disease management versus population wellness theory. Assessments of employer needs, organizational culture, environmental policy, and procedures supportive to desired outcomes are practiced. Professionals learn about aligning client needs and wants with best practice programs design, implementation, and evaluation for successful results. Age, gender, race, and issues that affect participation in wellness programs are reviewed.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7350 Integrating Health Promotion and Wellness into the School Setting
This course addresses the growing demand for wellness initiatives for students, their families, and school staff. The coordination of teachers, school nurses, school administrators, and community health promotion professionals will set the stage for a comprehensive approach to building wellness programming within the school community.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7400 Health Systems and Policy for Wellness Managers
This course provides information pertaining to the U.S. healthcare system with emphasis on health and wellness. It provides an overview of the major public and private stakeholders including public health, insurance, and healthcare providers. Participants will examine how health policy impacts the design and financing of wellness programs.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7450 Health Equity and Determinants
This course is designed to examine the impact of social, economic, and environmental determinants of health on various populations. Health inequities found among marginalized groups due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disability status, geographic location, or some combination of these factors will be highlighted. This course will explore health outcomes found among these populations and will address health promotion policies required to attend to these issues.
credit hours: 3

KINE 7800 Internship
The goal of this experience is to provide graduate students in Health Promotion and Wellness Management with an opportunity to apply the professional knowledge they have gained in their coursework to a professional setting. In addition to participating in the daily operation of the site, the student will complete a major project on site and submit a document that describes the learning experience.
credit hours: 3