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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

The Master of Science in Coaching is comprised of 30 credit hours. All candidates complete a common core of courses, two courses within their area of concentration, and a program portfolio.

Common Core Courses (6) – 18 Credit Hours
HHP 530 – Research Methods
HHP 532 – Applied Nutrition
HHP 534 – Exercise Physiology
HHP 535 – Exercise Testing and Prescription
HHP 638 – Administrative and Management Strategies

Concentration Courses (2) – 6 Credit Hours
HHP 537 – Coaching and Fitness Leadership
HHP 631 – Advanced Coaching and Fitness Leadership

Elective Courses (Select 2) – 6 Credit Hours
HHP 531 – Applied Statistics
HHP 533 – Health and Fitness Psychology
HHP 536 – Foundations of Physical Activity in Health Promotion
HHP 630 – Health Promotion through Physical Activity
HHP 632 – Current Issues in Health Promotion
HHP 634 – Strength and Conditioning
HHP 635 – Youth Health and Fitness
HHP 636 – Supplementation for Health and Human Performance
HHP 637 – Applied Sports Medicine
HHP 639 – Special Topics

Course Description

HHP 530 Research Methods
An introduction to the research process to provide practical tools to understanding, planning, conducting, assessing, and presenting research.

HHP 531 Applied Statistics
Learn basic statistical and evaluative techniques, computer application skills in data analysis, and effective communication of results for research, reports, and presentations.

HHP 532 Applied Nutrition
Addressing fundamental and diverse nutritional education and practices in the framework of allied health professionals working with various populations of active individuals.

HHP 533 Health and Fitness Psychology
Covers various psychological principles associated with health and fitness. Topics may include psychological variables that hinder or heighten performance, factors influencing adherence to exercise, behavior change, and injury recovery.

HHP 534 Exercise Physiology
A study of various factors that affect human performance to include regulatory mechanism, adaptations, and changes as a result of physical activity.

HHP 535 Exercise Testing and Prescription
Study the principles of exercise testing and prescription for healthy and diseased states. Prepare for any personal trainer exam and the ACSM EP-C (Certified Exercise Physiologist) test for national certification.

HHP 536 Foundations of Physical Activity in Health Promotion
A comprehensive examination of classic and contemporary global studies showing the influence of physical activity on chronic disease. This information can be used in leading individuals, communities, and global society toward improved health and quality of life.

HHP 537 Coaching and Fitness Leadership
Develop a theoretical base for teaching sport and exercise skills as well as practical application. Learn the development of a leadership philosophy, with an emphasis on ethics and establishing a leadership style. Examine contemporary trends and issues in this area.

HHP 630 Health Promotion through Physical Activity
Students will demonstrate their competencies of health promotion program planning and evaluation. They will prepare for the ACSM/NPAS for Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist Certification exam.

HHP 631 Advanced Coaching and Fitness Leadership
An in-depth study of the influence on individual and team performance in sport and exercise settings. There will be a focus on interpersonal aspects such as cohesion and leadership along with topics such as communication, management, skill acquisition, and risk management. Prerequisite: HHP 537

HHP 632 Current Issues in Health Promotion
Investigate current issues and trends in the areas of health and fitness.

HHP 633 Current Issues in Coaching and Fitness Leadership
Investigate current issues and trends in the areas of sport and exercise.

HHP 634 Strength and Conditioning
Study the principles and methods of training and conditioning in sports and exercise to learn how to develop holistic training programs that include exercise and nutrition. Also helps in the preparation for the NSCA-CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) test for national certification.

HHP 635 Youth Health and Fitness
Explore the health and developmental benefits of fitness training on youth. Gain an understanding of safe, age-appropriate exercise, fitness assessment, and program design. Prepare for a youth fitness specialist certification.

HHP 636 Supplementation for Health and Human Performance
Examine the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements used for health and human performance.

HHP 637 Applied Sports Medicine
An overview of prevention, recognition, and management of sport and exercise injuries and other conditions influencing human performance and safety.

HHP 638 Administrative and Management Strategies
Study basic concepts, theories, and practical application pertaining to administration and management of sport and fitness programs. Topics may include organizational structure and function, program development and administration, human resource management, financial management, information management, and legal considerations.

HHP 639 Special Topics
Gain insight and information of particular interest to the fields of Health and Human Performance. Topics will vary. Course may be repeated with different topics.

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