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Physical Activity and Health M.Ed.

Kinesiology, School of
College of Education and Human Development
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  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health relates to the M.P.H. in Community Health Promotion in the School of Public Health in the following ways: 1. the ultimate goals of the programs are to promote health and prevent chronic diseases; 2. both programs study the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations; and 3. both programs adopt population-based interventions. However, they are essentially different in that the M.P.H. in Community Health Promotion focuses on designing community-based program and policy interventions that improved the health of communities while the proposed M.Ed. in Physical Activity and Health focuses on applied training of physical activity professionals to increase physical activity in various populations. There are limited prerequisites for this program. Students with a background in kinesiology, exercise science, public health, biology, and/or psychology will be able apply for the program. There is minimal overlap with the existing M.Ed. programs at School of Kinesiology and the existing M.P.H. programs at School of Public Health.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Kinesiology, exercise science, public health, biology, psychology
Master degree
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
There are no course requirements for admission except for a Bachelor degree and acceptance to the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
Special Application Requirements:
The School reviews applications on an ongoing basis. Application reviews for specific academic terms begin by the following dates: November 1: spring semester admission March 1: summer session admission July 1: fall semester admission Admission requirements for this program include the following criteria: A bachelor's degree, preferably in kinesiology, exercise science, public health, biology, psychology, with a 3.0 minimum grade point average (GPA) from an accredited institution. All applicants must submit the following items: -Online application from Apply Yourself _Application fee ($75 for U.S. applicants; $95 for international applicants) -Unofficial transcripts of all previous post-secondary academic study must be downloaded to the application (official transcripts will be required if accepted) -Personal statement describing career goals and rationale for interest in the program -Resume
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 26 major credits and 4 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Students will enroll in 3 hrs of KIN 5995 Research Problems in Kinesiology to complete their Capstone project. The requirement is a literature review on a particular topic approved by their advisor. Below are the details for the literature review. 1. Research Question Development: (20% of Capstone grade) 2. Literature Review Matrix: (20% of Capstone grade) 3. Literature Review Final Draft: (60% of Capstone grade)
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Required Courses
Students are required to take at least 9 credits in this category. Students need to take at least 3 credits of KIN 5995 after most of the coursework is complete.
KIN 5181 - Understanding Kinesiology Research (3.0 cr)
KIN 5125 - Advances in Physical Activity and Health (3.0 cr)
KIN 5995 - Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology (1.0-6.0 cr)
Selected Courses
Students must take at least 21 credits for selected courses, of which a minimum of 17 credits from KIN and 4 credits from PUBH courses.
KIN 4385 - Exercise Physiology (4.0 cr)
or KIN 5122 - Applied Exercise Physiology (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5123 - Motivational Interventions in Physical Activity (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5126 - Social Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5141 - Nutrition and Exercise for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5202 - Current Issues in Health (2.0 cr)
or KIN 5203 - Health Media, Consumerism, and Communication (2.0 cr)
or KIN 5385 - Exercise for Healthy Aging & Disease Prevention and Management (3.0 cr)
or KIN 5585 - Pediatric Physiology and Health: Concepts and Applications (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6025 - e-Public Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6094 - Obesity and Eating Disorder Interventions (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6700 - Foundations of Public Health (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6905 - Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6914 - Community Nutrition Intervention (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6950 - From Kid to Community: Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity (2.0 cr)
 
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KIN 5181 - Understanding Kinesiology Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Prepares students to critically analyze research specific to kinesiology. prereq: Intro statistics recommended
KIN 5125 - Advances in Physical Activity and Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course exposes students with accurate and up-to-date information regarding physical activity as it relates to health in the United States. It is intended to enhance students' ability to identify important issues pertinent to physical activity and health, as well as develop and maintain a physically active lifestyle. Credits will not be given if taken as KIN 5720 with the same title.
KIN 5995 - Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Selected topics in physical activity and human performance. prereq: [Kin upper div undergrad or MEd or grad student], 15 cr of major coursework [including 4981 or 5981], instr consent
KIN 4385 - Exercise Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Effects of exercise on physiological systems of human body. Energy/nutritional requirements of exercise, exercise prescription, athletic conditioning, ergogenic aids, exercise in environmental extremes, gender/heritability factors related to adaptation to training. prereq: [[3385 or PHSL 3051, or equiv], kin major] or instr consent
KIN 5122 - Applied Exercise Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Mechanisms of cardiorespiratory and muscular responses to exercise; application of exercise physiology to assessment of work capacity, athletic conditioning, and requirements of human powered vehicles; low to moderate exercise as an intervention in lowering risk for common health problems. prereq: 4385 or equiv or instr consent
KIN 5123 - Motivational Interventions in Physical Activity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychological principles related to physical activity (PA). Delivery of motivational interventions for physical activity. Motivational PA interventions. Two papers, one presentation, two exams. prereq: 3126W or grad student
KIN 5126 - Social Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory/research on social influences, individual differences, motivational processes. How sport/physical activity contribute to psycho-social development. Social psychological factors influencing physical activity beliefs/behaviors. prereq: 3126W or equiv or grad student or instr consent
KIN 5141 - Nutrition and Exercise for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Requirements/physiologic roles of nutrients/physical activity in promotion of health. Assessment of energy requirements. RDAs, food composition/safety, weight management. Prevention of chronic diseases. Coronary heart disease. prereq: FScN 1112 or equiv
KIN 5202 - Current Issues in Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Critical thinking for health issues in research/media. Issues specific to conflict, stress, public policy, and communication. Projects, debates.
KIN 5203 - Health Media, Consumerism, and Communication
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Effects of media, consumerism, technology, and health related issues. Students form/defend opinions on positive/negative aspects of how health information is disseminated and how individual health decisions are made.
KIN 5385 - Exercise for Healthy Aging & Disease Prevention and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: Physiology or biology undergrad
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exercise testing/prescription with modifications required because of special considerations associated with aging, gender differences, or presence of medical conditions. prereq: Physiology or biology undergrad
KIN 5585 - Pediatric Physiology and Health: Concepts and Applications
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Current understanding of pediatric medicine and exercise physiology. Use of physical activity and weight management in the treatment of various diseases (i.e, obesity) that affect children and adolescents. prereq: 3385 or 4385
PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Four major approaches to public health problems: psychosocial, economic, community, policy. Theory, implementation. Small groups practice skills. prereq: Public health [MPH or MHA or certificate] student or health journalism MA major or instr consent
PUBH 6025 - e-Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Provide an overview of how technology may be used as a recruitment, assessment, and intervention tool in public health research and practice.
PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00291 - Jour 5541/PubH 5394
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intersection of mass media, public health and behavior. Role of theory in understanding intended/unintended campaign effects. Role of health journalism. Decisions that inform media-based interventions. prereq: [One course in [behavioral or social science], [public health or journalism] grad student] or instr consent
PUBH 6094 - Obesity and Eating Disorder Interventions
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examine obesity epidemic, eating disorders, prevention and treatment approaches at multiple levels (individual, social, environmental, policy), links between obesity and eating disorders.
PUBH 6700 - Foundations of Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Organization of public health, predominately in the United States. Role of public health administration. Problem-solving skills necessary for effective administration.
PUBH 6905 - Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00887 - PubH 3905/PubH 6905
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nutrition topics of contemporary interest. Concepts/facts about science of human nutrition discussed in relation to personal/community nutrition problems/concerns. Applied introductory course with labs. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6914 - Community Nutrition Intervention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Tools for developing community nutrition interventions. Using behavioral therapy, conducting needs assessments, writing program objectives, developing intervention strategies, evaluating program implementation and effectiveness, planning a budget, writing grant proposals.
PUBH 6950 - From Kid to Community: Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on Youth Obesity
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: completed one of the following: a) basic intro to nutrition course, b) PubH 6094, or c) 1 year work experience in the field of obesity and/or public health or instructor consent.
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of public health strategies for the prevention of pediatric obesity. Includes overview of epidemiology of child and adolescent obesity with a focus on social-ecological risk factors. Discusses implications for developing interventions and programs. prereq: completed one of the following: a) basic intro to nutrition course, b) PubH 6094, or c) 1 year work experience in the field of obesity and/or public health or instructor consent.