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1 and 2 Year Program of Study

The department of Health and Human Performance offers a 1 and 2 year plan for the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance:  Performance Enhancement and Coaching concentration degree.  Please see the links below for the recommended course sequence.

MS in HHP: Performance Enhancement and Coaching concentration - 1 year plan

MS in HHP: Performance Enhancement and Coaching concentration - 2 year plan

Course Descriptions

The Sport and Wellness Leadership concentration is a 10-month program with 10 classes offered in three semesters (it is not mandatory that students complete the program in 10 months).  The following are the course descriptions related to the program:

Course Sequence:
Fall

HHP 5000 - Introduction to Research Methods
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
An introduction to quantitative research methods in health and human performance. Designed to develop competency in analyzing research through the use of health related data bases and methodologies. Also to provide the experience of developing a research problem.

HHP 5250 - Statistics and Assessment
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
The purpose of this course is to teach the student to (1) structure, administer, and evaluate tests, (2) utilize appropriate statistical procedures in evaluating test results, (3) apply computer skills in data analyses techniques to test construction and evaluation, and (4) interpret statistical methods for specific research design.

HHP 5270 - Facilitating Group Performance
Prerequisite: HHP major
Theories and principles of group interaction processes are discussed and examined.  Emphasis on group development, reducing conflict, reducing social loafing, group think, and decision making are discussed and examined.

HHP 5520 - Sport and Exercise Psychology
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
This course will cover various psychological principles associated with sport and exercise. Topics include psychological variables that hinder athletic performance, factors influencing adherence to exercise, and psychological causes related to stress and injury.

Spring

HHP 5210 - Leadership in Sport and Wellness
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
This course will cover the process of leadership within organizations in the sport and wellness fields. Topics will include motivation, organizational theory, legal aspects, and team building concepts.

HHP 5260 - Performance Coaching
Prerequisite: HHP major
Theories of effective coaching will be discussed.  Communication and motivational techniques will be examined within coaching situations.

HHP 5350 - Physiological Basis of Human Performance
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
This course involves the study of the body’s physiological response to exercise and physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on the energy systems associated with muscle metabolism, neurologic stimulation, and contraction as well as the effects of nutrition, environment, ergogenic aids, and training on performance. Cardio-respiratory and musculoskeletal response to exercise and the development of training program to enhance these systems will be discussed.

HHP 5900 - Advanced Research Methods
Prerequisite: HHP 5000, HHP 5250, and HHP major or permission of the Chair
This course is designed to extend the knowledge learned in research processes by having students design multiple research projects.  Students will gain knowledge in the collection and analysis of data, and formulate conclusions based on their results.

Summer

HHP 5160 - Performance Enhancement
Prerequisite: HHP major
Description: Theories and principles of performance enhancement techniques will be examined.  Emphasis will be placed on mastering the application of performance enhancement techniques.

HHP 5710 - Issues in Sport and Wellness
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
The course offers the student the opportunity to engage in a study of current issues and emerging trends in sport and wellness related to the process of leadership in formal organizations conducting such programs.