Kinesiology: M.S. Kinesiology

Integrative Human Performance


Area Description

The Integrative Human Performance area of study is designed for students who appreciate the complexity of human performance across the continuums of task, age, ability, injury, and function. This area of study incorporates the values from discipline-specific specialization into a program of study creating cross-disciplinary connections as well as integration of knowledge and skills into research and/or practical application focused on modifying and improving individual or group performance. The Integrative Human Performance area links courses in preventive and rehabilitative biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport psychology through an integrative problem-based approach, research opportunities, and experiential learning. The rich multi-disciplinary basis for this area of study is guided by the expertise from four research laboratories: Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence, Injury Biomechanics & Rehabilitation, Human Performance & Sport Physiology, and Functional Neuromotor Research.

Possible career outcomes

  • PhD or other professional program
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Certified sport psychology consultant
  • High performance director for sport camp or sport organization
  • Performance Specialist for sport, organization, or business

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 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury
KIN 530: Advanced Exercise Physiology
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement

Specialization Coursework (12-15 credits)

Example Programs of Study:

Career Goal: High Performance Director for a University Athletics Department or Sport Organization
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement 3
COUNS 714 3

UWinteriM 1 Credits
Bus Mgmt 715 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 3
KIN 850: Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity 3

Summer Credits
KIN 552: Psychology of Personal Excellence 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 590: Problem Based Learning class 3
KIN 799: Independent Research 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
KIN  705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 590: Problem Based Learning class (optional) 3
KIN  890: Research Project 3
Career Goal: PhD Program
Fall Year 1 Credits
KIN 530: Advance Exercise Physiology 3
KIN 550: Psychological Aspects of Human Movement 3
Elective (KIN 590 Problem Based Learning class) 3

Spring Year 1 Credits
KIN 702: Statistical Analysis 3
KIN 705: Foundations of Clinical Research or equivalent Research Methods course 3
KIN 521: Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury 3
Elective (KIN 850 Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity) 3

Fall Year 2 Credits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Spring Year 2 Credits
KIN 895: Research and Thesis 3
Elective 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
  • Sport &/or exercise psychology

Faculty who advise students in this area