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Exercise and Health Science

  • EHS 120  Careers in Exercise & Health

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    This course is an overview of professions in the fields of exercise and health science. Career opportunities within fitness instruction and management, clinical exercise, sports medicine, health science, and allied health will be investigated. Objectives include describing various aspects of careers, determining requirements for advanced study and learning what necessary coursework would be for applying to several professions of interest. Activities and faculty/guest speakers will introduce students to the wide array of careers related to exercise and health science.   More Info

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  • EHS 150  Introduction to Nutrition

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    This course examines ways in which nutrition promotes health, influences disease, and affects exercise and sports performance. A major goal is to have students better understand the role that nutrition plays in their own health. Participants evaluate popular diets and dietary supplements, examine current nutrient recommendations, and acquire confidence in making sensible nutrition recommendations.   More Info

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  • EHS 160  Fitness & Wellness

    Description:
    Students completing this course will be able to plan and develop a personal physical fitness plan and learn about physical fitness as it relates to health and well being. Students will also learn to set fitness related goals and articulate the aims and objectives of instruction in various fitness related activities, included but not limited to weight training, aerobic fitness using a number of modes such as walking and jogging, and an introduction to the regulation of healthy body weight. Emphasis will be on analyzing and designing fitness related activities with a consideration of safety issues and articulating carry over skills to aid in increasing the quality of life. This is a fundamental course that introduces students to the basic principles of fitness.   More Info

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  • EHS 230  Strength and Conditioning

    Description:
    This course addresses the scientific and theoretical basis of strength training and conditioning. Basic terms and concepts will be discussed and an overview of the major research that has been conducted in this area will be explored. The fundamental concepts and variables that influence the design of strength and conditioning programs will be discussed, with an emphasis on functional training. The bioenergetics of exercise and training will be explored. Anaerobic training adaptions will be compared and contrasted with aerobic training adaptions. The course is designed to serve as basic preparations for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification.   More Info

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  • EHS 240  Prevention and Care of Sport Injuries

    Description:
    This course is designed to assist students in recognizing and providing immediate treatment of the common injuries seen in recreational and competitive sports. Additional topics include pre-participation physicals, protective equipment, emergency first-aid, orthotics, illnesses and disease routinely seen in active individuals, and when to treat and when to refer.   More Info

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  • EHS 250  Nutrition for Sports & Performance

    Description:
    This course examines the interaction between nutrition, exercise, and athletic performance. Weeks include the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of nutrition as it relates to exercise performance. Lectures cover current research on nutritional needs in response to exercise including: fluids, energy nutrient requirements and caloric distribution, supplementation, ergogenic aids, pre/post event recommendations. A strong foundation of bioenergetics for sports competition will be emphasized.   More Info

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  • EHS 260  Physical Activity & Health

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    The relationship between physical activity and health across the life span and the implications for health promotion strategies targeted at both individuals and the community are examined. The course focuses on national health statistics, gaining experience reading peer reviewed scientific literature, and understanding how science is used to guide physical activity program planning.   More Info

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  • EHS 270  Worksite Health Promotion

    Description:
    Components of administering and managing corporate and worksite fitness and wellness programs are examined. Topics covered include: Paradigms in health promotion, health and exercise programs planning, facility planning and design, program management, policies and procedures, staffing, equipment, ethics, safety and legal issues, and marketing all of which will be discussed from the perspective targeting populations within a corporate or work environment.   More Info

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  • EHS 280  Statistics for Health Professionals

    Description:
    This course focuses on basic concepts of statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability; concepts of test validity, reliability, and objectivity; and on basic techniques used in inferential statistics such as correlation, regression, t-tests, and analysis of variance. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting scientific peer-reviewed research in the field of exercise and health sciences. Students will also learn how to perform basic statistical tests using a statistical software package.   More Info

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  • EHS 300  Health Fitness Assessment

    Description:
    This course focuses on the evaluation of cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal fitness in apparently health populations.Theoretical and practical components relating to coronary artery disease risk factor analysis, body composition assessment, aerobic fitness testing, muscle strength testing and flexibility assessments will be discussed as they relate to an individual's probability for developing a disease and issues in exercise programming. Completion of this course will help prepare students to take one of the American college of Sports medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Certifications.   More Info

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  • EHS 310  Applied Kinesiology

    Description:
    Applied Kinesiology is designed to provide a foundational level of knowledge of the field of Human Kinesiology, and will serve as a primer for students who will be entering higher levels of the health and fitness professions. This course places particular emphasis on expanding the students level of understanding of functional musculoskeletal anatomy. Mechanical and anatomical concepts essential for understanding human movement are integrated routinely through this course. After introductory sections on these underlying kinesiological principles, this course systematically progresses through the human body on a joint by joint basis, and then explores the synergistic interaction of all joints systems that is the hallmark of human motion. Topics of focus will include classification of joint systems, connective tissue anatomy and biomechanics, arthrokinematics, and kinetics. Clinical and athletic application of these principles will be made through sections on the biomechanics of sport and exercise.   More Info

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  • EHS 320  Adapted Physical Activity

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    This course is designed to ensure that EHS students have current information concerning the physical activity needs of individuals with various disabling conditions including (but not limited to) autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Down syndrome, and spinal cord disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the attributes of specific disabling conditions, techniques for modifying activities so that all can participate, and strategies for developing and administering appropriate and effective community-based adapted physical programs.   More Info

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  • EHS 330  Conditioning for Performance

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    This course examines the advanced methods and techniques associated with the design of strength and conditioning programs to enhance human performance in sport and fitness. Topics to be studies include, but will not be limited to, the identification of training priorities, performance testing, periodization and program design, resistance training, mobility and flexibility training, aerobic and anaerobic, energy system training, speed and agility training, core training, plyometrics, and olympic lifting. This course is designed to enhance the students level of knowledge attained in EHS 230 and aid in the preparation for the for the National Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. The scientific and theoretical components of this class will be reinforced with hands-on laboratory experiences.   More Info

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  • EHS 340  Health Behavior Change

    Description:
    This course is an introduction to the science of health behavior change. The most commonly used theories, models, and strategies of health behavior change will be explored in the context of promoting health and preventing disease. The particular emphasis of the course is on health behavior change in relation to improving physical activity, eating nutritiously, eliminating tobacco use, and other lifestyle-related habits, that impede optimal health and wellness. This course is designed to teach students the theory-based skills and strategies they need to take a patient or client from knowing what they need to do to achieving behavior change. For example, have you ever wondered why individuals who know how to exercise and eat right, do not engage in these healthy behaviors, or why individuals cannot maintain a healthy behavior change? This course will provide the student with the background theory behind human behavior and introduce the student to motivational strategies and tools that can promote a lasting health behavior change. Emphasis is placed on improving student competency in designing evidence-and theory -based interventions for individuals and groups. This course will lay the foundation for EHS 360 Wellness Coaching Techniques where the student will learn the counseling skills to interact with individuals and groups in health promotion and health care settings. The course has particular relevance to students who plan to be exercise specialists, nutritionists, health educators, physical therapists, physical assistance, nurses, psychologist and other health care professionals.   More Info

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  • EHS 350  Obesity and Weight Management

    Description:
    This course provides students with a broad understanding of the global epidemic of obesity and its health and economic consequences. Students in this course learn the scientific basis of energy balance, energy metabolism, and the regulation of body weights in humans. Students also receive and introduction to the fundamentals of the biology of appetite regulation and genetics of obesity. The critical independent and inter-related roles physical activity, healthy nutrition, and health behavior change have to prevent and reduce obesity in children and adults are emphasized throughout the course. Students also study psychosocial factors related to obesity and emerging strategies for obesity treatment such as pharmacological and surgical approaches. An important aspect of this course is the opportunity for students to obtain experience reviewing current literature on a selected topic related to obesity and weight management.   More Info

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  • EHS 360  Wellness Coaching Techniques

    Description:
    The overarching aim of this course is to familiarize the student with evidence-based counseling strategies that can be used to improve healthy lifestyle habits through theory-based health behavior change programs. Students will learn how to take the theories and strategies from Health Behavior Change, with a particular emphasis on the transtheoretical model, social cognitive theory, cognitive and behavioral strategies, and relapse prevention, and apply them during one-on-one counseling sessions. This course focuses on a client-centered approach to counseling which includes learning and practicing motivational interviewing techniques. A variety of experiential activities will be completed to assist students in becoming confident and effective behavior change counselors. The course has particular relevance to students who plan to be exercise specialists, nutritionists, health educators, physical therapists, physical assistants, nurses, psychologists and other health care professionals.   More Info

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  • EHS 370  Exercise Program Design

    Description:
    This course examines the theory and practice of designing exercise programs to improve or maintain cardio respiratory and muscular fitness. Students will study the principles of prescribing safe and effective exercise training programs for apparently health individuals and for persons who have various stable chronic medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Designing exercise programs for other special populations including youth, older adults and pregnancy will also be studied.   More Info

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  • EHS 380  Exercise Physiology I

    Description:
    This course examines the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the human body. Specific topic areas to be covered include; 1) energy metabolism, 2) pulmonary system, 3) cardiovascular system, 4) hormones, 5) skeletal muscle, 6) nervous system, and 7) possible other topics such as temperature regulation, affects of altitude, ergogenic aids, etc. Major course concepts will be demonstrated in the accompanying lab sessions.   More Info

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  • EHS 390  Exercise Physiology II

    Description:
    This course is designed to build on the concepts learned in EHS 380 and provide students with applied knowledge and a more in-depth practical laboratory experience. Specific topic areas to be covered include; 1) physiological factors affecting training and performance, 2) exercise and environmental factors (e.g., altitude, thermoregulation), 3) ergogenic aids, 4) exercise in special populations (e.g., diabetes, pulmonary disease). This is primarily a laboratory course that will use lectures to discuss findings and interpret the results from the laboratory experience.   More Info

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  • EHS 400  Practicum in Adult Fitness

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    This course explores the physiological and psychological basis of physical conditioning; body weight control and exercise adherence for apparently health adults. Students will gain practical experience administering fitness tests, designing safe and effective exercise programs and developing effective leadership and communication skills. Students will enhance their competencies in adult fitness programming by serving as instructors, test administrators and fitness counselors. Theories and practices related to exercise physiology and health behavior change will be employed throughout the course.   More Info

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  • EHS 410  Exercise & Aging

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    This course focuses on fitness, exercise, physical activity, and health issues in the geriatric population. Topics include methods of evaluating fitness levels, exercise prescription, public health issues, and current research issues.   More Info

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  • EHS 420  Pediatric Exercise

    Description:
    This course focuses on exercise and physical activity in children and adolescents. This course introduces students to the anatomical and physiological changes that occur with growth, maturation, and puberty on the individual fitness components (body composition, cardiorespiratory endurance, anaerobic fitness, and muscle strength). Applied concepts in exercise physiology to a pediatric population such as resistance training, thermoregulation and considerations specific to a child athlete will also be discussed. A special emphasis will also be on public health policies and national recommendations for children and adolescents including physical activity, physical education, nutritional intake, sedentary behaviors, and the built environment. Students will also explore clinical pediatric health issues (asthma, diabetes, congenital heart disease, obesity, etc), including a clinical condition of their choosing, and how to adapt appropriate and safe physical activity and exercise programs. Finally, this course also includes a hands-on externship at a local school or agency, whereby students will observe and eventually lead children/adolescents in age-appropriate activities and exercise.   More Info

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  • EHS 440  Health Fitness Management

    Description:
    Students in this course study basic concepts, theories, and organizational management as applied to the field of health, fitness, and recreation. Concepts associated with facility operation, including organizational structure and function, program development and administration, marketing, human resource management, financial management, equipment purchasing and maintenance, information management, insurance issues, and legal considerations in the health and fitness industry are examined.   More Info

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  • EHS 460  Research Methods I

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide students with a background in quantitative research methods with an emphasis on studies conducted in exercise and health sciences. Students will become familiar with the scientific method and basic principles of designing descriptive and experimental projects. Students will learn to review and evaluate the literature, interpret research results, and conduct ethical research.   More Info

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  • EHS 470  Research Methods II

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    This course is designed to provide students with experience in quantitative research design, implementation, analysis, and reporting. In this course, students gain hands-on practical experience conduction their own pilot research study. Students will work in small groups and serve as investigators and may also participate as subjects for other class pilot research projects. At the conclusion of the course, each group of students will present their study as a written research abstract and as a poster presentation.   More Info

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  • EHS 480  Clinical Exercise Physiology

    Description:
    This course examines the topic of exercise and cardiovascular health. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding basic cardiovascular pathophysiology and learning how various lifestyle habits influence the development and progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). Students will be introduced to various options for treating individuals with CAD including comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs. The principles of performing various diagnostic exercise stress tests, such as those used to screen individuals with known or suspected CAD will be covered. Other topics include the theory and practice of using medical health history questionnaires and diagnostic exercise testing to evaluate individuals prior to participating in a medically supervised or non-medically supervised exercise program. Student swill be introduced to other topics related to clinical exercise physiology such as electrocardiography, pharmacology, and metabolic calculations.   More Info

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  • EHS 485  Independent Study

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    A student may register for independent study only with the permission of the department. The proposed study must be approved by the appropriate departmental committee and supervised by a member of the faculty.   More Info

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  • EHS 490  Internship in Exercise Physiology

    Description:
    The purpose of this internship program is to provide students with hands-on practical experience in the fields of exercise and health sciences. This course is a 12 credit non-paid internship for students who have completed or are in the process of completing all other course work for graduation. Students are required to complete approximately 400 hours of work over 14-16 weeks at an agency/affiliation that has been approved by the Faculty Internship Coordinator. In addition to the practical field experience, students will also participate in several seminars directed by the Faculty Internship Coordinator. These seminars will provide a forum for sharing experiences, further developing career objectives, and stimulating creative thinking related to their professional development.   More Info

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