This program offers concentrations in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology. Both concentrations culminate in a semester-long internship in the community during which students gain applied experience under the supervision of professionals in the community.
Students in the exercise physiology concentration gain advanced knowledge of kinesiology, motor learning, and exercise physiology to learn how the body responds to exercise and how these concepts can be applied to training individuals to reach their physical potential, for both health outcomes and athletic performance. Students learn to use physical activity as a tool in health, fitness, and sports settings.
Students in the health promotion concentration learn the skills to develop and evaluate heath programs delivered to individuals or groups in the community. The emphasis is on developing strategies to prevent illness and to improve the well-being of individuals and communities. Students learn a variety of strategies to develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs resulting in skills that can be applied in a variety of health settings.
HPHP Exercise Science Lab
The Human Performance and Health Promotion program has a state-of-the-art exercise science lab which includes a Lunar full-body DEXA scanner, a Parvo metabolic unit and treadmill, an EKG, and Monarch ergometers for Wingate test and VO2max measurements. Students have access to this clinical equipment to learn how to use and interpret the results of their work and/or research.
Human Performance and Health Promotion Internship Program
Students have the opportunity to enroll in a structured/supervised program that offers hands-on experience in either physical therapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, body conditioning, or health promotion. The interns gain fundamental knowledge and experience that can become a starting point for a successful career. Interns also earn college credit for an intern placement while gaining real-world experience outside of the classroom and ascertain the expectations of employment in their chosen field.