Learning  Goal 1: (KNOWLEDGE – Observed in Writing)

Degree candidates in the M.S. program in Health and Human Performance program will demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Have a thorough understanding of how to obtain and evaluate a potential client’s health status through a medical history, risk stratification, and other pre-exercise evaluations.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic principles of nutrition and how they relate to exercise performance and health.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of common cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
  • Understand the mechanisms through which commonly used medications used to treat cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases work to ameliorate symptoms.
  • Understand and be able to apply behavior change principles as they apply to health settings.
  • Understand and promote continual and sustainable programs surrounding health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, health promotion, and family and community involvement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of fitness psychology as they apply to exercise professionals.

Learning Goal 2: (KNOWLEDGE – Observed Skills and Dispositions)

Degree candidates in the M.S. program in Health and Human Performance program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Prescribe safe and effective exercise for a variety of populations, including healthy clients, and special populations (i.e. pregnant, elderly, child, disease populations, etc.).
  • Create an appropriate sport-specific exercise prescription for an athlete.
  • Use standardized exercise protocols to measure body composition, aerobic fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, muscular power, agility, and speed.
  • Understand 12-lead electrocardiography to be able to identify heart rate, rhythm, electrical axis, and any signs of hypertrophy, injury, ischemia or infarction.
  • Understand and be able to apply behavior change principles as they apply to health settings.
  • Critique an individual’s fundamental movement patterns during physical activity, and prescribe appropriate corrective steps for correcting deficiencies, if necessary.

Learning Goal 3: (SERVICE)

Degree candidates in the M.S. program in Health and Human Performance program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Describe the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, both within the context of research and within the larger context of professional practice.
  • Understand and mobilize community resources by promoting an understanding, appreciation, and use of diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources within the local community.
  • Understand moral and ethical implications of policy options and political strategies.
  • Model cura personalis, (care for the person) in a professional setting by treating colleagues and clients with dignity, compassion, and respect.

Learning Goal 4: (PROFESSIONALISM)

Degree candidates in the M.S. program in Health and Human Performance program will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Write a research proposal that demonstrates an understanding of principles of research design by incorporating appropriate consideration of ethical issues and controlling threats to internal and external validity.    
  • Use statistics as a tool for evaluating data and drawing inferences, and for judging the strength and quality of data used in research in health professions.
  • Demonstrate dependability, preparedness, confidence, and responsibility in a professional setting.

Learning Goal 5: (LEADERSHIP)

Degree candidates in the M.S. program in Health and Human Performance program will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply concepts of epidemiology to evaluate the potential impact of health and   lifestyle decisions on health status improve individual and community health.
  • Understand and anticipate the potential impact of their professional performance on individual clients or research subjects.