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Health and Human Performance M.S.

The master’s in Health and Human Performance has two strands: Health or Physical Education. Both options offer students invaluable training, guidance, and knowledge in key health and physical education related areas which help prepare them for exciting career opportunities in community and public health, school health, lifetime wellness education, physical education professor positions, and much more. Not only do candidates indulge in thought-provoking courses such as Bioethical Issues in Health Education, Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology, and The Nation’s Health, but they also are pushed to network with experts in the field outside the classroom. MTSU students participate in professional activities with both state and national organizations which allow opportunities for beneficial professional development and interaction aiding in post-graduate career opportunities. Students enter the department from a variety of backgrounds for a comprehensive curriculum. Candidates may choose the thesis option or complete a six-credit internship as part of the non-thesis option.​

Leading a healthy lifestyle

Leading a healthy lifestyle

It’s an everyday goal of MTSU alumna Rachel Wright to help people of all ages choose healthy lifestyles. Wright’s take-charge spirit led her to roles as a Raider Health Corps member and team leader as an MTSU undergraduate student, graduate teaching assistant in Health and Human Performance, and health educator with the Tennessee Coordinated School Health Program. After graduation she became a full-time lifestyle coach with APS Healthcare and now is a health coach with Healthways. “Through my MTSU health education/health promotion programs; the internship with Lisa Schrader, director of Health Promotion; and the teaching experiences in graduate school, I was able to gain a more in-depth, hands-on experience with interaction in the classroom and one-on-one teaching and training with students,” Wright says.

MTSU professor works with World Health Organization

MTSU professor works with World Health Organization

Dr. Andrew Owusu, MTSU professor, has collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on adolescent global health issues. He originally hailed from the Republic of Ghana in West Africa and is a three-time Olympian for his native country. Owusu, coordinator of MTSU's Health Education program, came to the United States to study on a track and field scholarship at the University of Alabama where he earned eight All-America honors. He works with WHO and CDC on implementation of the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) and the Global School Health Policies and Practices Survey (G-SHPPS) in Ghana. His research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors and protective factors, school-based violence (bullying), technology and health education, and barriers to condom use.

A master’s degree in Health and Human Performance helps graduates advance in career opportunities at elementary and high schools, health care facilities, businesses and industries, and colleges and universities. Alumni also work in health-related professions with government agencies at federal, state, county, and local levels. Some occupational avenues are 

  • Athletic coach/program director
  • Health education specialist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Policy advisor
  • Program analyst
  • Program evaluator
  • Program planner
  • Project coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Elementary physical education teacher
  • Middle school physical education teacher
  • High school physical education teacher

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Health Sphere Wellness Center
  • Healthways
  • Institute of Community Wellness & Athletics
  • LaVergne High School
  • LIFT Wellness Center
  • Onlife Health
  • St Dominic's High School
  • Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance
  • Trinity Elementary School
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Graduate

A Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Human Performance, with concentrations in Health and in Physical Education, is one of three master’s degrees available from MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance.

Applicants must have

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  • at least 18 hours in health and human performance professional sources or a degree determined by the admission committee to be related to the competencies required in the field of health;
  • an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
  • acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS  tab above.

Other degree programs offered by HHP

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers an M.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Leisure and Sport Management, with concentrations in Sport Industry and in Recreation and Leisure Services.

A doctoral program leads to the Ph.D. in Human Performance degree, with specializations in Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, or Physical Education.

Undergraduate majors in the department can attain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Athletic TrainingExercise ScienceHealth Education (concentrations in Community and Public Health or Health Education and Lifetime Wellness); Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies; or Physical Education. Both a B.S. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree are available in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

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Health Physical Education


Health and Human Performance, Health Concentration, M.S.

Andrew Owusu, Program Director
(615) 898-5878
Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.edu

The Health and Human Performance program with a concentration in Health offers preparation for a wide range of roles and settings within the public health arena, including non-governmental and governmental agencies at international, national, state, and local levels. Coursework typically last four semesters (32 hours for non-thesis option; 30 hours for thesis track).

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study. Admission decisions are based upon consideration of a number of criteria which are believed to indicate a high potential in the graduate program.

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Human Performance program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. The candidate must have earned undergraduate prerequisites of at least 18 semester hours in health and human performance professional courses or have a baccalaureate degree in an area determined by the admissions committee to be related to the competencies required in the field of health;
  2. an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken;
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores. Successful applicants to the M.S. in Health and Human Performance typically have scores on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative measures which exceed 146 and 140 respectively (current scale) or 400 (former scale) with a total combined score that exceeds 286 (current scale) or 800 (former scale). The Analytical Writing Assessment score is also considered.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application deadline: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by February 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the GRE;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. provide three letters of recommendation from persons who can address their academic qualifications and potential for success in graduate study;
  5. provide a 400-word statement of purpose giving their reasons for applying to the program, their academic interests, and their professional goals.

Degree Requirements

 Candidate must

  1. complete either the thesis or non-thesis curriculum as detailed below in the Curriculum section;
  2. if choosing the thesis option,
    1. select a thesis committee composed of two members (one of whom must be from the Department of Health and Human Performance);
    2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice);
    3. successfully complete an oral examination relating to the thesis.
  3. if choosing the non-thesis option, successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Health and Human Performance, Health

 Candidate must complete 30 hours (thesis option) or 32 hours (non-thesis option) in the following course of study:

Thesis Option (30 hours)

All candidates for the M.S. in Health in Human Performance with a concentration in Health opting for the thesis option must complete 30 semester hours in the following course of study (no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours at the 5000 level can be counted toward the degree):

Core Requirements (6 hours)

 

  • HHP 6610 - Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Location of information, methods of research, methods of collecting data, application of the computer in analyzing data, and preparation and presentation of a research paper.

  • HHP 6700 - Data Analysis and Organization for Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Pertinent skills needed to analyze and organize research data through introduction of concepts, principles, techniques, and activities that lead to the appropriate organization and analysis of research data collected for health and human performance.

Concentration Requirements (10 to 12 hours)

  • HLTH 6102 - Theory of Health Education and Behavior

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PSY 6102.) Links behavioral change theory to the research and practice of interventions in health behaviors. Application of the theoretical constructs linked to design, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group behavioral change programs.

  • HLTH 6850 - Methods in Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Principles and methods of epidemiologic analysis including standardization; stratified analysis; confounding and its control; planning and conducting epidemiologic research; role of multivariate analysis in epidemiologic research.

  • HLTH 6910 - Special Problems  1 to 3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6910 - Special Problems

    1 to 3 credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6910/PHED 6910/LSM 6910.) Individual study of current problems or areas of interest. S/U grading.

  • HLTH 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (no more than 3 credit hours apply to degree) 

    HLTH 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6640/PHED 6640/LSM 6640.) Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Health Specialization (9 hours)

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications  1 credit hours  (waived if HLTH 4600 passed as MTSU undergraduate) 

    HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 5451 - Technology Applications Lab  2 credit hours  (waived if HLTH 4601 passed as MTSU undergraduate) 

    HLTH 5451 - Technology Applications Lab

    2 credit hours

    Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3 credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6860 - Program Planning for Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Program planning, theories and models of health education and promotion, development of interventions, and program implementation, including mission, goals, objectives, and activities of health education and promotion programs. Introduces needs assessment and program evaluation.

Nutrition Specialization (9 hours)

  • HSC 6530 - Effective Program Management

    3 credit hours

    Integration of human sciences concepts and content with the principles of program management, including planning, organization, staffing, implementation, and evaluation.

  • NFS 6200 - Advances in Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 3530/3531 or equivalent. Sequential to NFS 5270 or equivalent. Advanced study of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins with emphasis on the metabolic interactions at the cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Offered alternate years.

  • NFS 6210 - Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 3530/3531 or equivalent. Sequential to NFS 5270 or equivalent. Metabolic functions and mechanisms of micronutrient action in human nutrition with an emphasis on physiological requirements, assessment techniques, and interrelationships in disease prevention. Offered alternate years.

Guided Electives (3 to 5 hours)

  • HLTH 5340 - Fitness Education for the Adult

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 5340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Administers and interprets assessments of related components with an understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 6000 - Stress Management in Health and Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Evaluation techniques and instruments considered. Effects of stress on physical and mental domains of health examined. Methods of conducting stress management workshops and classes emphasized.

  • HLTH 6010 - Holistic and Complementary Health Care

    3 credit hours

    Concepts and theories that make up the disciplines and practices constituting the holistic and complementary approach to health promotion and disease treatment and prevention.

  • HLTH 6020 - Somatic Therapy Techniques for Health Care Providers

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ATHT 6020.) Theoretical concepts, knowledge, theories, and history of somatic therapy. Emphasis on Swedish-Esalen, sports massage, Shiatsu, and connective tissue. Includes advanced rehabilitative and therapeutic modality techniques. Combines didactic and some experiential opportunities.

  • HLTH 6500 - Pathopharmacology in Health and Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Etiology and pathology of disease and how functional physiological changes affect health and human performance. Involves the study of pharmacological considerations used in the treatment of disease and musculoskeletal conditions.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health  3 credit hours  (elective for nutrition specialization) 

    HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3 credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Health promotion knowledge as well as the ability to impart this knowledge to the lay population. In-depth information will be covered regarding lifestyle and its relationship to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • HLTH 6950 - Advanced Methods of Community Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Review of program planning, development of interventions, and implementation of programs. Budgeting, needs assessment, and evaluation of health education and promotion programs covered.

  • NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture in the United States  3 credit hours  (elective for nutrition specialization) 

    NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture in the United States

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on health, culture, food, and nutrition habits of the most general ethnic and racial groups living in the United States. Comprehensive coverage includes Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Mexicans and Central Americans, Chinese, Koreans, Southeast Asians, and Middle Easterners.

Note:

Candidate may incorporate 6 semester hours of designated cognate courses or a minor of 12 semester hours into the program upon approval of the graduate advisor and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Non-thesis Option (32 hours)

All candidates for the M.S. in Health and  Human Performance with a concentration in Health opting for the non-thesis option must complete 32 semester hours in the following course of study (no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours at the 5000 level can be counted toward the degree):

Core Requirements (6 hours)

 

  • HHP 6610 - Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Location of information, methods of research, methods of collecting data, application of the computer in analyzing data, and preparation and presentation of a research paper.

  • HHP 6700 - Data Analysis and Organization for Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Pertinent skills needed to analyze and organize research data through introduction of concepts, principles, techniques, and activities that lead to the appropriate organization and analysis of research data collected for health and human performance.

Concentration Requirements (6 hours)

  • HLTH 6102 - Theory of Health Education and Behavior

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PSY 6102.) Links behavioral change theory to the research and practice of interventions in health behaviors. Application of the theoretical constructs linked to design, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group behavioral change programs.

  • HLTH 6850 - Methods in Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Principles and methods of epidemiologic analysis including standardization; stratified analysis; confounding and its control; planning and conducting epidemiologic research; role of multivariate analysis in epidemiologic research.

Health Specialization (15 hours)

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications  1 credit hours  (waived if HLTH 4600 passed as MTSU undergraduate) 

    HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 5451 - Technology Applications Lab  2 credit hours  (waived if HLTH 4601 passed as MTSU undergraduate) 

    HLTH 5451 - Technology Applications Lab

    2 credit hours

    Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3 credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6860 - Program Planning for Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Program planning, theories and models of health education and promotion, development of interventions, and program implementation, including mission, goals, objectives, and activities of health education and promotion programs. Introduces needs assessment and program evaluation.

  • HLTH 6880 - Internship and Special Projects

    3 to 6 credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6880/PHED 6880/LSM 6880.) On-site practical experience in an exercise science, health promotion, or sport management program. Those with extensive work experience will develop, implement, and conclude a project (research or applied) in consultation with the major professor.

Nutrition Specialization (15 hours)

  • NFS 6210 - Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 3530/3531 or equivalent. Sequential to NFS 5270 or equivalent. Metabolic functions and mechanisms of micronutrient action in human nutrition with an emphasis on physiological requirements, assessment techniques, and interrelationships in disease prevention. Offered alternate years.

  • HSC 6530 - Effective Program Management

    3 credit hours

    Integration of human sciences concepts and content with the principles of program management, including planning, organization, staffing, implementation, and evaluation.

  • NFS 6200 - Advances in Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 3530/3531 or equivalent. Sequential to NFS 5270 or equivalent. Advanced study of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins with emphasis on the metabolic interactions at the cellular, tissue, and organ levels. Offered alternate years.

  • NFS 6290 - Clinical Dietetics

    6 credit hours

    Planned educational experiences in administration of food service systems and experiences in a health care facility applying principles of normal and clinical nutrition to nutritional problems occurring throughout the life cycle.

Guided Electives (5 hours)

 

  • HLTH 5340 - Fitness Education for the Adult

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 5340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Administers and interprets assessments of related components with an understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • HLTH 5450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission. Corequisite: HLTH 5451. Focus on understanding of and competency in use of a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in the corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 6000 - Stress Management in Health and Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Evaluation techniques and instruments considered. Effects of stress on physical and mental domains of health examined. Methods of conducting stress management workshops and classes emphasized.

  • HLTH 6010 - Holistic and Complementary Health Care

    3 credit hours

    Concepts and theories that make up the disciplines and practices constituting the holistic and complementary approach to health promotion and disease treatment and prevention.

  • HLTH 6020 - Somatic Therapy Techniques for Health Care Providers

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ATHT 6020.) Theoretical concepts, knowledge, theories, and history of somatic therapy. Emphasis on Swedish-Esalen, sports massage, Shiatsu, and connective tissue. Includes advanced rehabilitative and therapeutic modality techniques. Combines didactic and some experiential opportunities.

  • HLTH 6500 - Pathopharmacology in Health and Human Performance

    3 credit hours

    Etiology and pathology of disease and how functional physiological changes affect health and human performance. Involves the study of pharmacological considerations used in the treatment of disease and musculoskeletal conditions.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health  3 credit hours  (elective for nutrition specialization) 

    HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3 credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

  • HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6870 - Health Promotion

    3 credit hours

    Health promotion knowledge as well as the ability to impart this knowledge to the lay population. In-depth information will be covered regarding lifestyle and its relationship to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • HLTH 6910 - Special Problems  1 to 3 credit hours  

    HLTH 6910 - Special Problems

    1 to 3 credit hours

    (Same as EXSC 6910/PHED 6910/LSM 6910.) Individual study of current problems or areas of interest. S/U grading.

  • HLTH 6950 - Advanced Methods of Community Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Review of program planning, development of interventions, and implementation of programs. Budgeting, needs assessment, and evaluation of health education and promotion programs covered.

  • NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture in the United States  3 credit hours  (elective for nutrition specialization) 

    NFS 6100 - Advanced Studies in Food and Culture in the United States

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on health, culture, food, and nutrition habits of the most general ethnic and racial groups living in the United States. Comprehensive coverage includes Native Americans, Europeans, Africans, Mexicans and Central Americans, Chinese, Koreans, Southeast Asians, and Middle Easterners.

Note:

Candidate may incorporate 6 semester hours of designated cognate courses or a minor of 12 semester hours into the program upon approval of the graduate advisor and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.