How do you promote community wellness? Learn how healthy communities are created and what environmental factors impact health and wellness.
Community health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. This course will provide you with an introduction to the basic concepts of community health; an overview of government, foundations, private agencies, and voluntary health organizations; health care reform issues; the different aspects of community and health programming, such as chronic and communicable disease control measures, health promotion and health education.
- Understanding of biological, environmental, psychological, and medical sciences
- Skills to combine and apply learned material to various situations
- Foundation to design, implement, and evaluate health programs in a variety of settings
Theory & Research in Health Promotion
Learn how to read research and the methods you’ll need for creating your own engaging and understandable research in the health promotion field.
The use of behavioral and social sciences to achieve health goals carries a long-standing tradition in community health practice and promotion. This course will provide you with the skills to interpret elementary statistical tests and techniques, in addition to providing the skills to conduct a thorough critical review of current literature pertaining to the social and behavioral science concepts of behavior maintenance, adoption, change, and management theories.
- Ability to formulate answers to questions that target every aspect of the concept or phenomena
- Skills to understand the ideal audience and tailor explanations toward that target group
- Communication skills to present research in nonacademic settings
Designing a Health Promotion Program
Get to know what it takes to create your own health promotion program, from planning to implementation.
This course will develop skills on how to plan and design broadly defined health programs of scientific theory based on real-world situations related to health communication, health education, policy advocacy, environmental change, and health service provision. This course will direct you through courses of study to include workshop planning and special program development for target groups with a focus on behavior change initiatives.
- Understanding to critically assess current literature and research in terms of your theories
- Ability to develop a vision, SMART goals, and program objectives to address identified goals
- Skills to design program activities and structure
Learn the foundations of human movement, from dynamic anatomy to exercise physiology and the importance of lifelong physical activity.
Kinesiology is a deep dive into the musculoskeletal system including its innervation and its relation to the structural and functional aspects of movement and their clinical aspects. This course will provide you with an introduction to the application of fundamental biomechanical principles to the human musculoskeletal system and human movement.
- Understanding of high-level concepts like tissue biomechanics and musculoskeletal mechanics
- Ability to dissect the quantitative and qualitative analysis of human movement
- Skills to execute a rational evaluation, precise diagnosis, and effective treatment
Do you know the science behind your movement? In this course, you’ll learn how to apply the laws of motion, time, space, force, and flow to human movement.
Biomechanics is the driving force behind understanding human movement. Evidence from a biomechanical assessment provides you with information on how the brain is communicating with every aspect of the human body. This course will provide you with a balanced understanding of three key categories of biomechanics comprehension: experimental studies, theoretical studies, and applied research.
- Skills to utilize evidence-based information regarding health, fitness, and sports performance
- Ability to apply foundational concepts like rotation, hinge, and spinal stabilization.
- Groundwork to communicate with members of multi-disciplinary teams specializing in various aspects of human performance
Organization and Administration of Exercise and Movement Science
Get to know what it takes to become a fitness administrator from program development to delivering instruction in a digital environment.
Organization and Administration of Exercise Movement Science provides a dynamic overview of organization and administration including leadership, program planning and implementation, risk management, organizational behavior and structure, facility design and management. Not only does this course address the operational components of exercise and movement science, but this is also the area where your creativity can flourish so your dream business can become reality.
- Familiarization with the various aspects of facility design and management
- Ability to determine appropriate steps in planning, marketing, and promotion of your facility
- Understanding of organizational design and hiring process of personnel management
Physiology of Exercise
Explore what really happens in the body when we exercise, and gain experience developing personal fitness programs to benefit the mind, body and mood.
The overarching purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction to exercise and physiology, combined with an introduction to theories, principles, and applications of the physiological processes of human performance. This course explores physiological responses that occur with physical stress and investigates the mechanisms their effects on human health performance. Understanding how these processes work empowers you to design programs tailored specifically to your client’s or athlete’s needs.
- Knowledge of energy sources and nutritional concepts available during exercise and rest
- Understanding of how to optimize work to rest ratios to maximize training benefits
- Ability to calibrate training to benefit from the changes related to exercise on skeletal muscle and cardiorespiratory systems
Learn how to develop activities that help build motor skills in individuals, and which activities are best for which levels of development, from hula hooping to complex sports.
An introduction to teaching and learning sport skills from a motor learning perspective. Open and closed loop information processing systems are used to describe and explain sports skill, reaction time, and motor skills. Theory and concepts learned will be applied to the everyday practical aspects of teaching and coaching sport.
Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science
Gain knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to physical education, including Title IX rights and ways to ensure equity and professionalism in your physical education programs.
Legal Aspects of Exercise and Movement Science will examine the unique role the law plays in the movement industry and how the law applies to relationships in the sports. This course will prepare you for the various types of legal liability you may encounter as a movement professional as well as major theories related to business ethics and decision-making in the realm of movement and exercise. An emphasis is placed on the theoretical approach to legalities surrounding risk management.
- Foundation to understand and apply law to business practices to boost risk management
- Understanding of unique legal concepts connected with exercise and movement science
- Ability to prioritize safety of participants and appropriate ethical behavior of providers.
Psychology of Sport
Dive into the mental aspect of sports and learn from a psychological perspective how to improve the performance of your athletes through understanding common thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of athletes.
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic overview of the psychological principles in theories that influence human behavior in exercise and movement. The application of psychology to movement, sport, and exercise science has fostered dynamic changes to the lives of coaches, athletes, and other movement professionals. The study of human behavior is robust and complex, and thus, incredibly important.
- Introduction to the effects of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs on athletic performance
- Skills to implement various behavioral interventions for performance enhancement
- Ability to leverage psychological principles to improve performance, growth, and health
EXM-4302 Exercise Programming for Special Populations
Learn how to help your clients and athletes who are differently abled overcome challenges to fitness and learn how to build their confidence and abilities through modifications.
The purpose of this course is largely focused on cultivating a nurturing environment to enable you to create lifetime recreational activities that build self-esteem and confidence in your clients, athletes, and patients with disabilities or limitations. Exercise programming for special populations will provide you a solid foundation in addressing programming considerations for individuals with disabling conditions.
- Understanding of human development motor behavior and motor skill acquisition
- Skills how to gather and assess data to make specific adaptations for clients and patients
- Knowledge to modify exercise principles to individualize instruction for individuals with disabling conditions in games and activities
Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum
- Communication: 3 Credit Hours
- Humanities: 24 Credit Hours
- Mathematics: 6 Credit Hours
- Sciences: 18 Credit Hours
- Religion: 6 Credit Hours
- Fine Arts: 3 Credit Hours
Elective Coursework: 28 Credit Hours