Health & Human Performance

Health & Human Performance

Health & Human Performance Courses & Curriculum

Core Courses (19 credit hours)




HHP 506



ALH 502



ALH 520

Exercise Prescription


HHP 521

Exercise Testing


ALH 531

Applied Statistics for the Health Professions


ALH 582

Functional Conditioning


ALH 631

Research Methods in Allied Health



Specialty Track 1: Cardiac Rehabilitation (10 credit hours)

HHP 601

Electrocardiography & Clinical Stress Testing


ALH 602

Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology


ALH 621

Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics



Specialty Track 2: Health Promotion (9 credit hours)

ALH 501

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention


ALH 507

Clinical Health Behavior Change


ALH 540

Program Planning in Healthcare



Specialty Track 3: Strength and Conditions (9 credit hours)

HHP 583

Advanced Movement Analysis


ALH 522

Fitness Psychology


ALH 622

Sport & Fitness Nutrition



Additional Requirements (6 credit hours)

HHP 603

Internship 1


HHP 604

Internship 2



ALH 689

Master’s Project/Thesis 1


ALH 699

Master’s Project/Thesis 2


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COURSES 2012-2014


HHP 506 Epidemiology     1 credit

The study of the distribution and determinants of health related states or events in a population and applications to control specific health problems. Emphasis will be placed on discussing evidence for the role of lifestyle choices in determining long-term health and chronic disease risk.

ALH 502 Nutrition     3 credits

Study of nutrition principles, behavior and counseling, as well as clinical applications of nutrition as it relates to health, clinical exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation.

ALH 520 Exercise Prescription     3 credits

This course presents a comprehensive overview of the human body’s responses to acute and chronic exercise. An understanding of the processes involved in prescribing safe and effective therapeutic exercise for healthy individuals as well as geriatric populations, pregnant women, children, and patients with chronic conditions including heart and lung disease, diabetes, and obesity will be reviewed. In the course, environmental and legal considerations in the prescriptive process will be discussed. Consideration will also be given to behavior change principles and the role of motivation in prescribing appropriate exercises for a variety of clients.

ALH 521 Exercise Testing     3 credits

Didactic instruction and practical training will be used to educate students in the various methodologies used to assess adult health and fitness.  Practical experiences include the assessment of cardiovascular risk, coronary artery disease risk stratification, body composition assessment, functional capacity assessment and muscular fitness assessment.

ALH 531 Applied Statistics for the Health Professions     3 credits

In this course, students will learn to select appropriate statistical procedures, analyze data, and interpret the results. SPSS for Windows will be used to cover descriptive statistics, tests of differences, and to develop methods of presenting tables and graphs.

ALH 582 Functional Conditioning     3 credits

This course provides an overview of the physiological responses and adaptations to resistance training. Training theories and methodology for program design for different populations will also be discussed.

ALH 631 Research Methods in Allied Health     3 credits

This course considers research methods and designs used in a variety of professional settings. The development of research techniques will be emphasized, including the ability to define research problems, develop hypotheses, review and interpret literature, apply research designs and draw relevant conclusions. The class culminates in the student writing and presenting a research proposal.

SPECIALTY TRACK 1: Cardiac Rehabilitation

HHP 601 Electrocardiography and Clinical Stress Testing     4 credits

This course is designed to present the theoretical principles of electrocardiography. Topics include a review of cardiac physiology including the normal sequence of cardiac muscle depolarization and repolarization, determination of heart rate and rhythm, electrical axis and the diagnosis of cardiac rhythm in 12-lead ECG. Special emphasis will be placed on myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, treatment and clinical evaluation. Pharmacological interventions and the impact of the ECG, as well as exercise will be discussed.  There will also be a laboratory component in which students will gain hands-on practical experience in ECG electrode placement and clinical stress testing, culminating in a practical exam in which students are expected to run an ECG stress test.

ALH 602 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology     3 credits

Details the functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems emphasizing normal function, pathophysiology, initiation and progression of disease and current treatment. Special reference will be made to the role of exercise as a therapeutic modality.

ALH 621 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacodynamics     3 credits

This course provides study of the current medications used in the treatment of congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina and hypertension, asthma and COPD. The effects of these medications during acute and chronic exercise and cardiac emergency medications will also be covered. Prerequisite: ALH 602.

SPECIALTY TRACK 2: Health Promotion

ALH 501 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention     3 credits

This course is an in-depth examination of health promotion; the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health.  Lifestyle changes can prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.  We will review and critically assess current efforts to influence lifestyle change, at both the individual and population levels.  Students will have the opportunity to plan, organize, and conduct lifestyle change programs.

ALH 507 Clinical Health Behavior Change     3 credits

This course will explore health behavior theories to facilitate the adoption of healthful behaviors to various groups.  It will include motivational interviewing, practice of nonverbal, active listening, goal assessment and group counseling.  It will also explore the evaluation of nutrition education interventions.

ALH 540 Program Planning in Healthcare     3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of models, strategies, interventions and assessment techniques to use in designing, planning, initiating and evaluating public health programs that address the most important health issues affecting our communities at the local, state, national and international levels.   As a foundation for exploration and discussion, the socio-ecologic framework (individual/behavioral, environmental/social/community and policy levels) of interventions will all be studied.

SPECIALTY TRACK 3: Strength and Conditioning

HHP 583 Advanced Movement Analysis     3 credits

In this course, students will learn how to perform functional movement screens to evaluate movement patterns.  Students will also learn how to interpret and analyze movement patterns to identify muscular weaknesses/imbalances as well as areas where flexibility limits proper execution of a movement.  Finally, students will learn to customize an exercise/stretching routine to address the limitations of the athlete to both improve their athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury.

ALH 522 Fitness Psychology     3 credits

This course will cover topics such as eating disorders among athletes, female athlete triad, and weight management.  It will provide students with skills to counsel athletes as well as sports teams. The course will also cover performance enhancement, motivation, and stress management of athletes.  Students will develop an understanding of behavioral change theory as it relates to sports psychology.

ALH 622 Sports and Fitness Nutrition     3 credits

This course will focus on understanding the specific role of energy and nutrients in fitness and athletic performance. Additional topics will include the role of fluid and electrolytes, ergogenic aids, and special diets in physical activity.  Tools for assessing body composition (body fat, muscle mass), unique dietary concerns across the lifespan and in special population groups (heart disease, diabetes, obesity) and the effect of diet on endurance will be explored.


HHP 603 Internship I     3 credits

A supervised part-time internship in clinical and non-clinical exercise programs or in clinical exercise testing laboratories. Includes clinical exercise testing, exercise prescription and/or exercise leadership experiences. Requires students to complete a minimum of 120 hours. Prerequisite: Permission of program director.

HHP 604 Internship II     3 credits
Continues HHP 603. Prerequisites: ALH 603 and permission of program director.


ALH 689 Master’s Thesis I     3 credits
Provides initiation to scholarly investigation. Requires students to submit a written research proposal for approval by a thesis/project committee. Prerequisite: Permission of program director.

ALH 699 Master’s Thesis II     3 credits
Continues HHP ALH 689 with an approved thesis proposal and culminates in an approved written thesis. Prerequisites: ALH 689 and permission of program director.