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Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KAH)
Course Descriptions

KAH 5003  Current Trends in Kinesiology and Health Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Students have the opportunity to examine current development in theories and practices of physical education. Recent research and literature are examined for causes and consequences of today’s issues, trends, and problems.

KAH 5023  Management of Kinesiology and Health Programs
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An examination of the various functions involved in the management of a sport, health, or recreation-related organization. Topics include budgeting, facilities, scheduling, promotion, and liability.

KAH 5043  Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073.
Examines the multifaceted determinants of health for children and adolescents (environmental, behavioral, developmental, biological, and social) with special emphasis on the roles of the family, school, and community. Models and theories of health behavior, risk-taking, and challenges to healthcare delivery for these populations will be investigated.

KAH 5053  Principles of Exercise Physiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 3433 or an equivalent.
A survey of exercise physiology, examining muscular, metabolic and cardiorespiratory adaptations to acute and chronic exercise.

KAH 5063  Health Behaviors
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A study of the determinants of human behavior as they relate to current health issues. Health behavior models and underlying rationales for prevention and intervention strategies will be examined. For teachers and counselors, as well as kinesiology and health professionals.

KAH 5073  Essential Concepts in Health Promotion
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of health promotion and to show how epidemiology, social and behavioral science theory, organization change, administration, and evaluation are related to the design and implementation of health education programs. This course serves as a foundation for other courses in health education and provides an overview of the field to the student from related areas. (Formerly titled “Health and Wellness/Health Promotion.”)

KAH 5083  Epidemiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073.
The overall goal of this course is to increase the health professional’s ability to analyze problems and make decisions based on applications of epidemiologic concepts and methods in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on applications from studies in health promotion. Social, psychological, and biological determinants of disease will be examined. Epidemiologic tools to be presented include use of vital statistics and rates, descriptive studies, observational studies, and experimental studies.

KAH 5093  Statistics and Research in Health and Kinesiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of experimental designs and the statistical tools necessary for analyzing research data in the fields of Health and Kinesiology.

KAH 5103  Biomechanics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 3323 or an equivalent.
A survey of principles and procedures related to mechanical analysis of human motion, with emphases on both kinematic and kinetic analysis.

KAH 5113  Advanced Structural and Functional Anatomy
(3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 3313 or an equivalent.
A detailed study of human musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory anatomy with specific application to kinesiology.

KAH 5123  Research in Health and Kinesiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KAH 5093.
Students have the opportunity to review various quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as conduct a review of the literature for a specific topic of interest. The final project will be a research proposal.

KAH 5133  Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063, KAH 5073, and KAH 5093.
This course is designed for students interested in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion/education programs in school, community, healthcare, and worksite settings. Students enrolled in this course should have prior knowledge of health behavior theories and general foundations of health promotion.

KAH 5143  Ethics in Health Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073.
This course will examine the ethical complexities inherent in the practice of health education. The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Code of Ethics will serve as the template from which students will assess and evaluate various ethical dilemmas in health education.

KAH 5153  Health Communication and Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073.
This course examines major concepts, theories, and research in health communication and provides students with a conceptual understanding of the nature, function and outcomes of communication processes in various health contexts. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of technology and media’s influence on health issues.

KAH 5163  Grant Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KAH 5093.
This course will provide the student with an overview of the grant writing process. Literature review/rationale, budget, and evaluation protocols, as well as Institutional Review Board requirements, will be examined. Local, state, national, government, and private funding sources will be reviewed. The final product will be a completed grant proposal.

KAH 5173  Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 4113 or an equivalent.
Overview of measurement theory, item analysis, reliability and validity studies, and factor analysis of tests.

KAH 5243  Learning and Teaching Styles in Physical Education
(3-3) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KAH 5003.
Techniques for analyzing and enhancing the learning environment to promote and improve physical and sport performance.

KAH 5253  Enhancing Behavior and Performance in the Physical Education Environment
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KAH 5003.
Techniques for effective behavior management and facilitating learning of individuals of all ages and levels of abilities. Underlying theories and research applications addressed.

KAH 5303  Community Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073.
Study of community health problems, the function of public, private, and voluntary health agencies, and administration and supervision of health programs in the community, school, business, or industry setting.

KAH 5403  Cardiovascular Fitness
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 3433, KIN 3443, or an equivalent, or a human physiology course.
This course covers the physiology underlying the methods used for obtaining, maintaining, and rehabilitating the health of the cardiovascular system. Recent research findings in the areas of exercise and nutrition, related cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation, weight control, and blood lipids are emphasized.

KAH 6013  The Role of Sport in Society
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examination of sport and physical activity, sport’s impact on society, and the affective roles sport takes as part of our social structure and the institution of education. (Formerly KAH 5013. Same as COU 6013. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6013, KAH 5013, or COU 6013.)

KAH 6023  Exercise Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A study of the theoretical models and research related to the determinates of exercise adoption and adherence. The relationship between exercise and mental health will be discussed. (Same as COU 6023. Credit cannot be earned for both KAH 6023 and COU 6023.)

KAH 6033  Sport Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A study of cognition and behaviors related to the participation in sport. This course will have a theoretical focus and will include topics such as self-efficacy, performance enhancements, cohesion, arousal and anxiety. Contemporary research will be discussed. (Formerly KAH 5033. Same as COU 6033. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6033, KAH 5033, or COU 6033.)

KAH 6043  Applied Sport Psychology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KAH 6033.
This course will provide a practical and comprehensive introduction to somatic, cognitive and behavioral interventions used in athletics to improve performance. Theoretical bases of psychological stress and performance will be explored and appropriate interventions discussed. Research findings related to athletics will be applied. (Same as COU 6043. Credit cannot be earned for both KAH 6043 and COU 6043.)

KAH 6053  Nutrition in Health and Disease
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of basic nutrients, nutritional needs at various stages of life, and therapeutic diets for selected disease states.

KAH 6063  Obesity and Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The spread of obesity has touched virtually every aspect of daily life at every corner of the world and led to unforeseen health and economic burdens at every population level. This seminar will address issues related to the obesity epidemic and explore effective prevention strategies for child, adult, and high-risk populations.

KAH 6203  Psychological Perspectives of Motor Learning and Control
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the individual processes of skill acquisition, including the involvement of transfer, timing, feedback, practice, and retention as well as the processes of central and peripheral mechanisms involved in implementing physical and perceptual skills. (Formerly KAH 5203. Same as COU 6203. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6203, KAH 5203, or COU 6203.)

KAH 6213  Motor Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: KIN 3103 or an equivalent.
The study of motor, physical, and neuromuscular development across the human life span (from prenatal periods to old age); stages of development, motor system and development of specific movement patterns.

KAH 6223  Exercise Nutrition
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A scientific evidence-based study of the nutritional aspects of exercise performance and health-related fitness. This course will focus on nutrition-related support of various modes, training, and competition, as well as nutritionally-relevant diseases. Included in the course is an examination of macronutrients, water/hydration, ergogenic aids, and supplements.

KAH 6953  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

KAH 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

KAH 6973  Special Problems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

KAH 6983  Master’s Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and thesis director.
Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

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