Graduate Level Courses
Courses with title numbers 500 or greater are graduate-level courses. Courses offered at least every other year are listed below along with a brief description. Beyond these courses, the department regularly offers special topics courses to address contemporary issues in health and kinesiology subareas. Please note that all graduate level courses are worth 3.0 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
HK 524 - Managing Health, Fitness, and Sports Organizations
An overview of the major principles, considerations, and techniques involved in managing health, fitness, and sports (HFS) organizations. Emphasizes the skills and competencies involved in the planning, organization, and control of opportunities, resources, and facilities in HFS settings.
HK 525 - Marketing and Promotion in Health, Fitness, and Sport Organizations
An overview of marketing and promotion in health, fitness, and sports organizations. Emphasizes the skills necessary to develop marketing and promotion plans and to develop materials and approaches for carrying out these plans in health, fitness, and sports settings.
HK 527 - Weight Management and Eating Disorders
Examination of current theories of, research into, and therapeutic approaches to eating disorders. Emphasis on adult obesity, with a secondary focus on anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Concentration on design and evaluation of treatment programs.
HK 537 - Analysis of Teaching and Coaching In Physical Education
The study and practice of using data-based approaches for collecting information about and making changes in teacher's own teaching and coaching styles. Procedures for the establishment, assessment, and maintenance of techniques and skills in teaching will be covered and used.
HK 538 - Behavior and Class Management in Physical Education
Analysis of student discipline problems and the design and use of teacher strategies for the remediation and prevention of maladaptive behaviors within the physical education environment.
HK 539 - Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education
This course examines research on teacher education and research on teaching in physical education. The course will acquaint students with empirical and conceptual publications related to the professional training process as well as studies examining the role of teacher and the influence of the teaching process in physical education settings.
HK 553 - Movement Performance and Physical Growth
Relationships between physical growth factors and the individual's performance in human movement situations from early infancy through adolescence.
HK 566 - Biomedical Principles of Health Promotion
Rationale and principles underlying priority actions for health promotion/disease prevention. Extensive review of current professional literature in preventive medicine/health promotion. Development of critical thinking skills to distinguish health information based on scientific inquiry from misinformation and unfounded claims.
HK 568 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
The study of selected concepts and principles of physiology as they relate to the exercising human.
HK 569 - Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations
Examines responses to exercise testing and prescription in healthy adults compared to exercise responses and special considerations for individuals with chronic diseases and conditions and issues of concern to pregnant women, children, and older adults, among others.
HK 570 - Gender Roles and Physical Activity
Description coming soon.
HK 571 - Health Counseling
Interview and health counseling techniques associated with implementing and operating health promotion programs. Emphasizes the practical application of such strategies as empathic and active listening, assertiveness skills, behavior change principles, and social problem-solving methods.
HK 572 - Sport In American Culture
Survey and critique of major sociological concepts, theoretical and methodological perspectives as they apply to dimensions of human play and sport. Class activity will include field experiments utilizing basic sociological methods.
HK 573 - Instructional Strategies in Health Promotion and Education
Presents current strategies for improving instruction and interventions in health promotion and education. Emphasis on the development of competencies involving the planning and implementation of health promotion and education programs.
HK 574 - Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
A survey of current research and theoretical and methodological perspectives focused on the psychological aspects of sport and exercise behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the social psychological correlates (e. g., motivation, stress) of performance and adherence in physical activity settings.
HK 580 - Philosophy of Sport and the Body
A course designed to introduce the past and recent philosophical literature on the nature and significance of sport and embodiment. Topics include: theories of play; meaning, knowledge, and morality in sport; the lived body; and aesthetics of human movement.
HK 582 - Human Play
A survey of cross disciplinary literature describing the diverse forms of human play throughout childhood, adulthood, and old age. Topics include play and: child development, rites of passage, education, sport, work, leisure, social role, technology, humor, culture, creativity, and time.
HK 605 - Contemporary Issues in Health and Kinesiology
A course designed to clarify, discuss, and debate contemporary social issues that will likely impact future research and practice in the fields of health, kinesiology, and leisure studies.
HK 610 - Research Methods in Health and Kinesiology
Application of research methodology to problems in health, physical education, and recreation.
HK 611 - Data Analysis in Health and Kinesiology
This student-driven course addresses a variety of data analysis issues in health, kinesiology, and related fields (e.g., education, psychology). The course overviews the types of data prominent in health and kinesiology research, how these data are obtained and handled by researchers, measurement/evaluation issues, and ways to present and analyze data. Heavy emphasis is placed on matching research questions and conceptualization with data analysis techniques, obtaining familiarity with widely-used data analysis software, analyzing multivariate data sets, and constructing high-quality results sections in journal manuscript format.
HK 620 - Biomechanics Seminar
A critical analysis of selected topics in biomechanics of human motion. A review of current research questions, literature, methods, and findings. Credit Hours: 1.00 to 3.00.
HK 621 - Seminar in Health Education
Critical analysis of current problems in health education, with emphasis upon reviewing current literature and research especially pertinent to school health programs. Credit Hours: 1.00 to 3.00.
HK 634 - Seminar in Physical Education Curriculum Theory
A critical analysis of concepts underlying curriculum theories with a focus on theoretical perspectives and principles used for curriculum planning and design in physical education.
HK 667 - Theoretical Bases of Physiological Testing
Students learn and practice commonly used techniques in exercise physiology, including maximal oxygen consumption, Haldane transformation, anaerobic power testing, pulmonary function, and lactate threshold. These techniques are contrasted with existing techniques in the literature.
HK 668 - Seminar in Exercise Physiology
Review of literature; design and conduct of research in an area of current interest in exercise physiology.
HK 669 - Exercise Metabolism and Biochemistry
Students learn basic laboratory skills, enzymology, and immunology, and apply these skills to exercise models. Students develop skills that allow them to perform several relevant enzymatic analyses and compare their results with those found in the literature.
HK 670 - Advanced Topics in Motor Control
Selected topics in motor control. The subject matter will be data-based and drawn from research literature encompassing behavioral and physiological experimental paradigms. Students will critically evaluate and synthesize research to better understand the integration of individual systems in sensorimotor processing.
HK 674 - Special Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
An in-depth analysis of specific areas of theoretical and empirical work in sport or exercise psychology. Emphasis is placed on the critique, integration, and application of the literature reviewed. Rotating topics.
HK 675 - Design and Analysis of Health Promotion Interventions
Professional competencies in design, implementation, evaluation, and diffusion of health promotion interventions in occupational, clinical, and community settings. Program planning paradigms, determinants of health behavior, and behavior change strategies serve as a basis for analyzing health promotion interventions.
HK 676 - Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
Examines the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Emphasizes the development of a conceptual framework for understanding and facilitating behavior enhancement, elimination, and/or maintenance in health promotion and education. Focuses on current theories regarding health-related behaviors.
HK 678 - Motivational Processes in Sport and Exercise
Seminar focused on motivation in sport and exercise settings. Antecedents and consequences of motivated behavior are examined from theoretical, research, and application perspectives. Topics include participation motivation in sport, intrinsic/extrinsic orientations, achievement goals, causal attributions, group processes, and exercise motivation.
HK 686 - Theories and Concepts of Stress Management
Development of a conceptual understanding of stress and stress management. A seminar focused on the review of literature regarding psychophysiology of stress, relationship between stress and disease, and methods of preventing/relieving stress, models of stress research, and issues surrounding stress research methodology.
HK 688 - Health Policy in the United States
Examines the formation, implementation, and evaluation of health policies, with emphasis on the legislative and regulatory processes that are involved. Discusses legislation in areas specific to public health promotion. Students are encouraged to consider their role in future policy initiatives