Kinesiology: M.S. Kinesiology

Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease


Area Description

The Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease concentration prepares outstanding students and professionals for careers in physical activity/exercise promotion, exercise sciences, healthy weight management, and related academic and professional outlets.  The individualized interdisciplinary program promotes understanding the interrelationships among psychosocial, behavioral, and biological processes linking exercise and nutrition to health promotion, and disease prevention and treatment across the lifespan. Faculty expertise in exercise physiology, physical activity and public health, nutrition, body image, obesity and weight management, and health sociology and psychology provides for a unique integration of multi-disciplinary classroom, research, and practical experiences to prepare future health professionals.

Possible career outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Workplace wellness, health promotion, weight management programs
  • Physical activity and public health specialist
  • Program development / interventionist for non-profit organizations (e.g., YMCA, Boys and Girls Club)
  • Sales and development of medical equipment
  • Government

General Program of Study

Core Coursework (9-12 credits)
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course
Thesis OR Capstone Project

Primary Focus Area Coursework (9 credits)
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors
KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Programs of Study:

Career Goal: Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management 3
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors 3
KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 830: Adaptations to Physiological Stress 3
KIN 590: Program Planning and Implementation 3
Elective 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
KIN 590: Sports Nutrition 3
KIN 890: Research Project 6
Career Goal: Weight Management Specialist
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management 3
KIN 573: Body Image Influences and Health-Related Implications. 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors 3
KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment 3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation) 3
Elective (Advanced BI) 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
Elective 3
KIN 890: Research Project 6
Career Goal: PhD in Kinesiology, Concentration in Exercise Physiology
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management mgmt 3
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors 3
KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology 3

Summer Year 1 Credits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3
KIN 798: Independent Project 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 830: Adaptations to Physiological Stress 3
KIN 590: Program Planning and Implementation 3
Elective 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
KIN 590: Sports Nutrition 3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3
Career Goal: PhD in Kinesiology, Concentration in Weight Studies
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 590: Obesity & Weight Management 3
KIN 573: Body Image Influences and Health-Related Implications 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Multi-level Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors 3
KIN 732: Physical Activity Epidemiology 3

Summer Year 1 Credits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3
KIN 798: Independent Project 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 733: Advanced Physiological Assessment 3
Elective (Program Planning and Implementation) 3
Elective (Advanced BI) 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
PSYCH 555: Health Psychology 3
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent):

  • Statistics
  • Human anatomy & physiology (with lab)
  • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
  • Psychological or sociological aspects of human behavior (or equivalent)
  • Introduction to nutrition or eating behavior

Faculty who advise students in this area