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Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Courses (EFHP)



Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

Prerequisite to all courses: Graduate standing and/or permission of instructor.

500 Workshop in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (1-3:0:0). Concentrated full-time workshops, weekend seminars, and workshops dealing with selected topics in exercise, fitness, and health promotion. May be repeated. No more than six semester hours may be applied for degree credit.

598 Special Topics (1-6:0:0). Projects related to exercise, fitness and/or health promotion. May be repeated with no more than six credit hours earned.

599 Independent Study in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (1-3:0:0). Study of a problem area in exercise, fitness, and health promotion research, theory, or practice under the direction of faculty. May be repeated. No more than three semester hours may be earned.

605 History of American Sport, Exercise, and Physical Culture (3:3:0). Examination of the American sport, exercise, and physical culture from the Colonial period to present. Emphasis on development of the sport and physical culture industry and its interconnection with physical education, health, and medical professions.

606 Foundations of Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3:3:0). Provides students with insights into the historical and philosophical foundations that guide the exercise, fitness, and health promotion professions. Through assigned readings, group exercises, individual research, and class discussion, students explore the disciplines, professions, and associated philosophical trends and issues that have developed around exercise, fitness, and health promotion.

610 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3:3:0). Lecture, demonstration, and seminar experiences in the application of research findings to the understanding of physiological function and the effects of exercise on people.

611 Fitness Assessment: Theory and Practice (3:2:2). Familiarity and proficiency with the methods and instrumentation used in assessing individual fitness and establishing a base for exercise and other lifestyle alternatives to improve fitness.

614 Advanced Exercise Nutrition (3:3:0). Advanced study of nutrition's relation to physical activity, exercise, and sports. Reviews biochemical and explores physiological and behavioral aspects of nutrition in promoting health, fitness, and sports performance. Focuses on nutrient needs during life cycle stages.

615 Epidemiology and Environmental Health (3:3:0). Principles, methods, and application of epidemiology. Reviews the behavioral, psychological, social, and environmental risks to disease distribution. Focuses on lifestyle, exercise patterns, and environmental factors to health and disease conditions.

618 Exercise and Sport Psychology (3:3:0). Psychological and social-psychological antecedents and consequences of exercise, physical activity, and sports participation. Theory and research on personality, motivation, arousal, cognition, attributions, attitudes, self-efficacy, leadership effectiveness, and group dynamics are emphasized.

620 Research Design for Exercise Science and Health (3:3:0). Introduction to the techniques of research generally employed in the fields of exercise science and health.

621 Elements of Statistical Reasoning (3:3:0). Introduction to practical and applied aspects of both descriptive and inferential statistics in exercise science and health.

623 Research Design and Statistical Reasoning (3:3:0). Introduction to the techniques of research and the methods of data analysis employed in the fields of exercise, fitness, and health promotion.

630 Exercise, Health, and Fitness Program Development (3:3:0). Exercise and health program development related to fitness and health of adult populations. Three to six hours of field experience.

660 Management of Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Organizations (3:3:0). Advanced study in management and administration of organizations dedicated to human development and improvement of quality of life. Application of theories and practices of management and behavioral sciences, fiscal management, marketing, and evaluation research.

670 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education (3:3:0). Qualitative and quantitative research methods are presented for studying teacher and student behaviors in the physical education setting and for engaging the teacher as researcher. Teaching strategies are revisited, action research projects are developed, and current education reform movements are examined.

680 Ethical Issues in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (3:3:0). Formulation of a coherent framework for ascertaining the good, right, and just, and for assessing evidence and reason underlying positions and arguments. Examination of current ethical issues in exercise, fitness, and health promotion.

799 Thesis (1-6:0:0). Exploration of an exercise, fitness, and health promotion problem using appropriate research methodology under supervision of graduate faculty member(s).

802 Readings for the Doctor of Arts in Community College Education (3-9:0:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the Doctor of Arts program in The National Center for Community College Education with a physical education specialty. Involves intensive reading in recent scholarship in physical education and related fields. Students must propose a reading list, which must be approved by their faculty adviser, and use the list to prepare a literature review that is potentially publishable.


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