The Master of Science program in health and human physiology requires 30-36 s.h. of graduate credit. Required credit varies by track: the child life track requires a minimum of 36 s.h. and is offered without thesis; the clinical exercise physiology track requires a minimum of 32 s.h. and is offered without thesis; the health and human physiology track requires a minimum of 30 s.h. and is offered with thesis.

Students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after earning a master's degree should choose the M.S. health and human physiology track (with thesis).

Child Life Track

The child life track provides expertise in child development through services to support families and to promote children's mastery of life experiences, particularly children's health care events. Professionals in this area enhance effective coping skills through play, education, communication, and family-centered care. The program prepares students to meet credentialing requirements. For more information about the profession, visit the Child Life Council.

In order to be admitted to the program, students must:

hold a B.S. or B.A. with a g.p.a. of at least 3.00;

have completed one course each in human anatomy, medical terminology, and two courses in human growth and development that focus on children and adolescents;

have verification of 100 hours of paid or volunteer experience in child life or in a pediatric setting; and

three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a credentialed child life specialist.

Students who have not completed an introductory course in child life must enroll in TR:1077 Introduction to Child Life during their first semester. For student applicants whose first language is not English, applications must be accompanied by Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Students who pursue the child life track must successfully pass comprehensive exams in the last semester prior to their child life internship. The comprehensive exam committee works with each student to establish faculty and exam questions.

The Master of Science with the child life track requires the following course work (minimum of 36 s.h.).

Core Courses
All of these:
PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
SSW:3786Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3
TR:5165Child Life: Methods and Materials3
TR:5166Child Life: Seminar3
TR:5167Child Life Practicum3
TR:5205Research Methods and Leisure Behavior3
TR:5211Professional Ethics and Practice in Pediatrics3
TR:5260Play and Childhood3
TR:5261Family Systems3
Internship
The supervised internship requires 480-600 contact hours with a credentialed child life specialist:
TR:4192Child Life Internship9

Clinical Exercise Physiology Track

The clinical exercise physiology track provides an advanced scientific and clinical education. It prepares students to be allied health professionals who work in the application of physical activity and behavioral interventions for clinical diseases and health conditions including cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopaedic, neuromuscular, immunologic, and hematologic diseases.

In order to be admitted to the program, students must:

hold a B.S. or B.A. with a g.p.a. of at least 3.00; and

have completed anatomy and physiology with laboratories (8 s.h.).

The Master of Science with the clinical exercise physiology track requires the following course work (minimum of 32 s.h.).

Statistics Core
One of these (or equivalent):
STAT:3510Biostatistics3
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
STAT:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
Advanced Statistics
One of these (or equivalent):
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
STAT:6513Intermediate Statistical Methods4
Clinical Exercise Physiology Core
All of these:
HHP:6150Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology1,3
HHP:6200Advanced Metabolic Exercise Testing and Prescription4
HHP:6410Advanced Exercise Physiology3
HHP:6460Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology1,3
HHP:6480Advanced Human Pharmacology3
Two enrollments (1 s.h. each) chosen from these:
HHP:6300Motor Control Seminar1
HHP:6400Integrative Physiology Seminar1
HHP:6500Seminar in Health Promotion1
Internship
Students complete an individually arranged internship, usually during their second year, earning 3 s.h. of credit
Electives
Students choose elective courses that enhance their concentration in human and exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, prescriptive exercise and training for health and fitness, health maintenance, and understanding human disease; select at least two courses from the following, with advisor's approval:
HHP:4400Health Promotion Clinical Practicum1
HHP:4405Health Promotion Community and Worksite Practicum1
HHP:4420Planning and Evaluating Health Interventions3
HHP:6050Advanced Topics in Obesity3
HHP:6130Advanced Skeletal Muscle Physiology1-3
HHP:6470Advanced Physiology of Aging3
HHP:6510Advanced Energy Metabolism in Health & Disease1,3
HHP:7300Advanced Neural Control of Posture and Movement1-3
ACB:5203Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students5
BIOL:3743Basic Biology of Human Disease2
EPID:6350Nutritional Epidemiology2
EPID:6360Nutrition Intervention in Clinical Trials Research2
EPID:6650Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology3
PSY:3010Health Psychology3
PSY:3340Behavior Modification3
PTRS:6224Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity in Health Care4
PTRS:7812Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement3
PTRS:7875Analysis of Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity3

Health and Human Physiology Track

The health and human physiology track requires a thesis. Students who intend to earn a Ph.D. after the master's degree should choose this track. In order to be admitted to the program, students must:

hold a B.S. or B.A. with a g.p.a. of at least 3.00; and

have completed courses in anatomy and physiology with laboratory (8 s.h.) and basic physics (3 s.h.).

The Master of Science with the health and human physiology track requires the following course work (minimum of 30 s.h.).

Advanced Statistics
One of these:
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
EPID:5241Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
STAT:6513Intermediate Statistical Methods4
Research Methods
One of these:
TR:5205Research Methods and Leisure Behavior3
EALL:5150Introduction to Educational Research3
PSQF:6220Quantitative Educational Research Methodologies3
Seminar Courses
Two enrollments (1 s.h. each) chosen from these:
HHP:6300Motor Control Seminar1
HHP:6400Integrative Physiology Seminar1
HHP:6500Seminar in Health Promotion1
Electives
Students choose elective courses that broaden their knowledge in health and human physiology and related disciplines, and enhance their knowledge in their specific areas of interest, with guidance from their advisor/mentor; electives may include the following:
HHP:5000Problemsarr.
HHP:6000Researcharr.
HHP:6050Advanced Topics in Obesity3
HHP:6130Advanced Skeletal Muscle Physiology1-3
HHP:6150Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology1-3
HHP:6200Advanced Metabolic Exercise Testing and Prescription4
HHP:6410Advanced Exercise Physiology3
HHP:6460Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology1-3
HHP:6470Advanced Physiology of Aging3
HHP:6480Advanced Human Pharmacology3
HHP:6510Advanced Energy Metabolism in Health & Disease1,3
HHP:7300Advanced Neural Control of Posture and Movement1-3
ACB:5203Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students5
BIOC:3110Biochemistry3
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
EPID:6350Nutritional Epidemiology2
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
EPID:6600Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases3
MPB:5153Graduate Physiology4
PTRS:7812Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement3
PTRS:7875Analysis of Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity3
Thesis
This course:
HHP:7500Thesis: M.S.4

Admission to the department's graduate programs is based on grade-point average and score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants to the M.S. program must have an undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Application deadline is February 1 for admission the following fall.

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