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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 Fall 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:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
    • 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.
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 the majority of the coursework is completed.
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 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6025 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6094 - Interventions to Address Weight-Related Health and Eating Disorders (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6905 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6914 - Community Nutrition Intervention (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 6954 - Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on the Weight-Related Health of Pediatric Populations (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. Ethics, measurement, experimental and qualitative design, and physical activity epidemiology research will be reviewed. The application of research to practice will be emphasized. This course is designed for School of Kinesiology M.Ed Students. Undergraduates, M.S. M.A., and Ph.D. students should consult with their academic advisor before registering for this course. Recommended prerequisite: introductory statistics
KIN 5125 - Advances in Physical Activity and Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
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.
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 or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Information and learning experiences presented in this class will cover specific areas within the discipline of Exercise Physiology. This course is designed for the advanced undergraduate student in Kinesiology, as well as advanced students in such complementary areas as public health, nutrition, physiology, biology, biochemistry, or any sport? related areas. It creates a great opportunity to combine the science of biological, biochemistry, physics and physiology with the study of health, fitness, wellness, human performance, and sport. Emphasis is placed on basic human physiological systems and the responses of those systems to the challenge of physical activity: from moderate to extreme intensities. The biochemical bases of these responses will be presented. Historical, psychological, sociological, and philosophical implications of these topics will be integrated into many of the lecture/discussions. In addition to lecture information, students will be provided a "hands on", small group laboratory experience that is carefully orchestrated to track lecture material and presentations. prereq: KIN 3385 or PHSL 3051 and Kinesiology Major or Physical Activity and Health Promotion Major
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 Spring & Summer
This course prepares students to critically evaluate theory, motivational interventions, and psychological principles related to physical activity. Environmental and policy influences on physical activity behavior and intervention components, design, and evaluation will be discussed. The influence of physical activity on mental health, self-perceptions, stress, anxiety, depression, emotional well-being, cognitive function, and health-related quality of life will be reviewed. This course will help students to better understand and modify exercise behavior and review the most commonly studied psychosocial influences and consequences of physical activity. This class integrates theoretical principles and the latest research with intervention strategies that students can apply in real-world settings.
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
PUBH 6020 - Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science
Credits: 2.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Three major approaches to social sciences in public health: psychosocial, community approaches, economic and policy interventions. Covers theories of behavior change, program and policy development, community engagement, and policy implementation and advocacy. Not open to students in Community Health Promotion or Public Health Nutrition MPH programs.
PUBH 6074 - Mass Communication and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Jour 5541/PubH 6074
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides an overview of theory and research that lies at the intersection of mass communication and public health. We examine the potential for media exposure to influence public health outcomes, both as a product of people's everyday interactions with media and the strategic use of media messages to accomplish public health goals. To this end, we will explore large-scale public health campaigns in the context of tobacco, obesity, and cancer screening. We also will explore news media coverage of controversial health issues, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and health information in entertainment media, such as smoking in movies. This course seeks to understand whether media messages have had intended and/or unintended effects on public attitudes and behavior. Although our focus is on mass media, interpersonal, medical, and digital media sources will be considered as well.
PUBH 6094 - Interventions to Address Weight-Related Health and Eating Disorders
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 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 6954 - Personal, Social and Environmental Influences on the Weight-Related Health of Pediatric Populations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
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.