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Kinesiology

School/College: College of Health Sciences

Degree Conferred:

  • M.S. in Kinesiology
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology

Contents

Overview

“Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society, and quality of life.”

American Kinesiology Association

M.S.

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology provides students with an understanding of how physical activity (including sport and exercise) impact and are affected by various physiological, mechanical, and psychosocial aspects of human health and performance.

The degree offers focused study in Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease, Integrative Human Performance, or Neuromechanics and prepares students for careers in higher-education, research, and practice through didactic coursework in the areas of Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Motor Behavior, Rehabilitation, Sport& Exercise Psychology, and Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behavior.

Knowledge and skills in research-related and discipline-specific coursework helps prepare students to address complex real-world health and performance issues and utilize critical thinking skills to generate knowledge and make sound decisions to support continued personal and professional development.

Ph.D.

With a focus on the interrelationships between movement and health, the foundation of the Ph.D. in Kinesiology curriculum provides students with both the classroom and experiential training that is critical to becoming a successful scholar. The Kinesiology doctoral program includes balanced and comprehensive doctoral-level training in Kinesiology theory, research methodology, and statistics that culminates in an innovative and publishable dissertation reflecting an integration of scientific discovery and application. The program focuses on developing scholars in areas of emphasis that align with faculty expertise.

The Kinesiology doctoral program provides students with excellent research training for academic and professional careers that require theory-driven basic and/or applied research skills, such as faculty and/or administrative positions within colleges and universities; careers in nonprofit service and research organizations; policy-making positions in government agencies and institutions; and careers in for-profit businesses.

Graduate Faculty

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Professors
Meyer, Barbara B., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Associate Professors
Cobb, Stephen, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Earl Boehm, Jennifer, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Ebersole, Kyle, Ph.D., University of Nebraska
Greenleaf, Christy, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Moerchen, Victoria, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Madison
O'Connor, Kristian M., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Swartz, Ann M., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Strath, Scott J., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Zalewski, Kathryn R, Ph.D., PT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Assistant Professors
Arvinen-Barrow, Monna, Ph.D., University of Northampton
Huddleston, Wendy, Ph.D., PT, Medical College of Wisconsin
Keenan, Kevin, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder
Klos (Neighbors), Lori, Ph.D., Cornell University
Wang, Jinsung, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Clinical Associate Professors
Carlynn Alt, Ph.D., PT, Marquette University
Susan Cashin, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Master of Science in Kinesiology

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Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. A bachelor's degree in kinesiology, biology, nursing, occupational therapy, physical education, psychology, sociology, physical therapy, zoology or equivalent preparation.
  2. Students must have successfully (B or better) completed undergraduate coursework (or equivalent) in statistics, human anatomy (with lab), and human physiology (with lab), as well as the coursework below corresponding to the student's chosen area of study.

    Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
    • 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
    Integrative Human Performance
    • Exercise physiology or medical physiology
    • Exercise testing and prescription or performance assessment
    • Sport & exercise psychology
    Neuromechanics
    • Biomechanics or physics
    • Motor behavior or a psychology course including human movement
  3. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Two letters of recommendation to the Department's Kinesiology Graduate Program Director from persons familiar with applicant's academic ability and achievement.

For more specific information about departmental requirements for admission, please visit the Kinesiology Department's M.S.K admissions Web page.

Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters.

The deficiencies are monitored by the Graduate School and the individual graduate program unit. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree. Applicants with undergraduate majors in areas other than those noted in this section may be admitted on a similar basis

Applicants should visit the UWM M.S. Kinesiology Web site for additional information and deadlines.

Major Professor as Advisor

The Graduate School requires that each student have a major professor to advise, supervise and approve the program of study before registering for courses. Each student will be assigned an advisor upon admission based on the declared area of concentration.

Credits and Courses

The minimum degree requirement is 33 graduate credits for Option A and B. Option A and B students must take 6 credits of core courses: Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences (KIN 702) or equivalent, and Survey of Kinesiology Research (KIN 703) or Foundations of Clinical Research (KIN 705), or equivalent.

Students are expected to identify an area of study and complete a minimum of nine credits of coursework in that area. Students will also be required to take a minimum of 12 credits (thesis) or 15 credits (capstone project) of electives that will serve as specialization courses. Elective courses may be selected from inside and outside the Department of Kinesiology.

Option A: Thesis Option

Students prepare a research thesis, which will earn 6 credits within the required 33 graduate credit minimum. Each student is responsible for identifying a major professor and a thesis committee before completing 12 graduate credits. The thesis committee should consist of a minimum of three graduates Faculty: the major professor from the student's primary area of study, a departmental faculty member from the primary area of study, and one other departmental or other UWM graduate faculty member. The thesis committee approves a program of studies designed to lead the student into the thesis research area. To make subsequent changes, the student must petition the departmental Graduate Faculty Committee prior to any intended change.

Comprehensive Examination

The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed thesis.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Option B: Non-Thesis Option

Of the 33 graduate credits required, students must successfully complete a minimum of 3, repeatable to a maximum of 6 credits of KIN 890 – Research Project

Comprehensive Examination

The student must pass comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed project.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology

Admission

In addition to meeting the UWM Graduate School’s criteria for admission, applicants to the Ph.D. program in Kinesiology must also:

  1. Possess, or be in the process of completing, a M.S. degree in Kinesiology or closely related field. In exceptional cases, applicants with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology or closely related field who demonstrate significant involvement in research and exceptional academic achievement may be considered for admission.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae that includes all academic institutions attended, degrees achieved, and academic and professional accomplishments (e.g., publications, presentations).
  3. Submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores from the GRE General Test taken within five years of the application date.
  4. Demonstrate, through submission of official transcripts from all institutions attended, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the highest degree program in which the student enrolled and/or completed. Particular attention will be paid to grades in classes that are relevant to the selected area of emphasis for the Ph.D. Kinesiology program. Applicants currently enrolled in a baccalaureate program must demonstrate a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Solicit two confidential letters of recommendation from previous university instructors and/or faculty advisors. These letters should be sent directly from the letter writer to the program director.
  6. Submit a writing sample from a research project in which the applicant was involved. Acceptable writing samples include, but are not limited to, submitted/published manuscripts, submitted/published abstracts, review of literature, report of a completed research project, research proposal, etc.
  7. Submit a letter of intent that addresses the applicant’s research interests (including intended area of emphasis and advisor at UWM) conducted research, ongoing research and career goals.

The final admission decision is contingent upon the availability of a faculty member to serve as primary advisor for the student.

Major Professor as Advisor

The Graduate School requires that each doctoral student have a major professor to advise, supervise and approve the program of study before registering for courses. The major professor also serves as a research mentor, the chair of the dissertation committee, and chair of the committee hearing the dissertation defense. Each student will be assigned an advisor upon admission based on area of research interest. The major professor must have graduate faculty status.

Course of Study

The program requires students to complete a minimum of 58 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree, or a minimum of 79 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is comprised of five main components: (1) Core curriculum, (2) Area of emphasis curriculum, (3) Cognate, (4) Electives, and (5) Dissertation. All coursework will be decided upon and approved by the student and their Ph.D. committee.

Credit distribution will be as follows:

 
Students entering with a M.S.
Students entering with a B.S.
Core Curriculum 16 credits 22 credits
Area of Emphasis Curriculum 15 credits 21 credits
Cognate 9 credits 12 credits
Electives 6 credits 12 credits
Dissertation 12 credits 12 credits
TOTAL 58 credits 79 credits

All credits listed are minimum required credits for the program.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for students to conduct sound and innovative research, and to develop as a scholar. Coursework included in the core curriculum focuses on research methodology and design, statistical analysis, ethical conduct of research, professional development, and teaching and learning coursework.

Focus
Courses
Credits
Seminar KIN 901 or other comparable option 1 credit repeated
4 times
Teaching and learning course KIN 909; OST 990 3 credits
Research methodology and design KIN 705 or comparable option 3 credits
Statistics Possible eligible courses include, but are not limited to:
KIN 702, SocWrk 961, SocWrk 962, SocWrk 963, SocWrk 964.
6 credits (minimum)
Area of Emphasis Curriculum

Students will propose an area of emphasis in consultation with their advisor and take an array of courses, offered within and outside the Department of Kinesiology, that explore the main dimensions of that area. The academic area of specialization within Kinesiology will be identified prior to the student’s entry into the program. The student’s doctoral committee will be charged with reviewing their program of study to ensure that sufficient doctoral level coursework will be/has been completed.

Cognate

The cognate area, within or outside Kinesiology, will complement the student’s area of concentration (e.g., Area of emphasis: Exercise Physiology; Cognate: Nutrition), and will be identified by the end of the first year of coursework. Coursework in the cognate may include classes offered within and/or outside the Department of Kinesiology. As with the area of emphasis curriculum, the student’s doctoral committee will be charged with reviewing the program of study to ensure that sufficient doctoral level coursework will be/has been completed.

Electives

Students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by taking supplemental courses in teaching and learning, grantsmanship, manuscript preparation, professional development, and other areas that complement their program of study.

Dissertation

The completion of a dissertation, consisting of original research, will be the final step in earning a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In addition to formal coursework, students are required to successfully complete a preliminary examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation defense. It is expected that this degree will take an average of four to five years for a full-time student to successfully complete.

Preliminary Exam

After students successfully complete the required credits of didactic coursework in the Core, Area of Emphasis, and Cognate areas, the student will sit for the preliminary examination. The preliminary examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding related to coursework taken in the area of emphasis, cognate area, as well as research methodology and statistics. Specifically, the purpose of the preliminary exam is to provide the student with an opportunity to demonstrate their current knowledge, and ability to apply and integrate knowledge gained in classes with the current body of literature and in their own research. The preliminary examination process must be successfully completed before a student can formally become a dissertator, and must be completed within five years of initial doctoral program enrollment.

The preliminary exam format will consist of the following:

Area of emphasis examination

One written exam where the student will not have access to notes or other materials. The exam will require students to demonstrate their understanding of fundamental ideas, theories, and/or concepts within their area of emphasis.

Cognate examination

One written exam where the student will not have access to notes or other materials. The exam will require students to demonstrate their understanding of fundamental ideas, theories, and/or concepts within their area of emphasis.

Integrative examination

The student will prepare a grant proposal (format approved by doctoral committee) and orally defend their grant proposal to their doctoral committee. This written and oral exam will focus on a topic related to their area of emphasis, but not the student’s primary dissertation research question. The topic must be agreed upon by the student and their committee. The Integrative examination will provide the student an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyze, evaluate, and hypothesize on research and theory pertaining to a selected area of Kinesiology.

Appeals Process

Any appeal (grades, preliminary exam decision, dissertation proposal decision, etc.) initiated by the student must follow the appropriate steps for appeals as outlined by the Graduate School (http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/policies/appeals-and-exceptions/ ).

The Dissertation Process
Dissertation Proposal and Proposal Hearing

Upon successful completion of the preliminary examinations, the student submits a written dissertation proposal to the doctoral committee and conducts a public oral presentation of the proposed research. Notification of the oral presentation will be publically posted ten business days (two calendar weeks) prior to the presentation. The committee then votes on whether to allow the student to move forward with the plan presented. Committee approval of the dissertation proposal establishes agreement on the plan and confirms that the student has adequate preparation to complete the research.

Per UWM Graduate School guidelines, “Any significant changes to the dissertation as presented in the proposal hearing must be approved. A new proposal and proposal hearing are required.” (http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/current/doctoral/#milestones).

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major piece of original research representing a substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge. The student's major professor and doctoral committee provide guidance in completing the dissertation. The final written document may follow a traditional or manuscript format.

  • For dissertations following the traditional dissertation format, the formatting of the dissertation document will follow guidelines published by the UWM Graduate School (http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/current/thesis-and-dissertation-formatting/) and consist of an introduction, review of literature, method, results and discussion sections.
  • For dissertations following the manuscript format, the dissertation document will follow guidelines published by the UWM Graduate School (http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/current/thesis-and-dissertation-formatting/) and consist of an in introduction to the content area and line of research, two to four manuscripts, a summary of the impact of the current work on the existing body of literature, and an overall conclusion.
Dissertation Defense

The student must present and defend the dissertation in a public forum. Successful completion of the dissertation defense will require approval by the entire doctoral committee.

Time Limit

In accordance with Graduate School policy, all degree requirements must be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program.

Courses

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

411 Design and Analysis of Adult Fitness. 3 cr. U/G.
Selected methods and techniques for assessing physical fitness condition in normal healthy adults. Includes guidelines for graded exercise testing and exercise prescription. Prereq: jr st; Kin(HMS) 330(P).
520 Neuromechanics Research Methods. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to biomechanics and motor behavior experimental methods and instrumentation. Emphasis on understanding the research literature and research process, from study design to data analysis. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 320(P), Math 117(P), Physics 110(R) or 120(R); or grad st or cons instr.
521 Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury. 3 cr. U/G.
Examination of musculoskeletal injury etilogy, tissue biomechanics, and neuromuscular rehabilitation. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with similar title. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 320(P); or grad st or cons inst.
522 Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
Exploration of systematic qualitative analysis of human movement focusing on detecting and correcting faults in technique. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same title. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 320(P); or grad st or cons instr.
525 Human Gross Anatomy. 6 cr. U/G.
A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
526 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice and Examination Techniques. 3 cr. U/G.
Students will learn roles, professional behavior expectations, and patient examination techniques. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
527 Kinesiology & Biomechanics of Normal & Abnormal Movement. 4 cr. U/G.
Principles & theories of the biomechanics of human motion presented to develop analytical skills to assess normal & abnormal movement. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr; grad level Human Gross Anatomy w/lab, 8 cr undergrad Physics.
530 Advanced Exercise Physiology. 3 cr. U/G.
Advanced study of the physiological responses to exercise and the adaptations to physical training. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 330(P); Kinesiology major or intended major; or grad st.
532 Electrocardiography Interpretation. 3 cr. U/G.
In depth study of the 12 lead EKG and selected cardiovascular medications encountered in preventative and rehabilitative exercise programs. Counts as repeat of Kin 590(HMS 590) with similar title. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 330(P); 430(R); or grad st or cons instr.
536 Physiological Regulation in Exertion & Disease. 2 cr. U/G.
Overview of the physiological basis of activity. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
540 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. U/G.
The multiple roles of the physical therapist as a professional. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
541 Clinical Foundations of the Physical Therapy Examination. 5 cr. U/G.
Instruction in the techniques of examining patients/clients. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
542 Physical Agents. 3 cr. U/G.
The physiological basis, scientific rationale for, and clinical application of thermal, electrophysiology/ electrotherapy and electromagnetic physical agents. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
550 Psychological Aspects of Human Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of the relationships between psychological factors and human physical activity. Introduction to research relevant to sport and exercise psychology. Prereq: jr st; must have obtained a grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 350(P) or cons instr.
551 Psychology of Injury/Illness/Disease: Implications/Strategies for Rehab. 3 cr. U/G.
Explores the psychological aspects of health enhancement, disease prevention, and rehabilitation as well as the integration of behavioral and biomedical sciences in treating illness. May be used by undergrads to repeat Kin(HMS) 590 with same title. Prereq: Psych 101(P).
552 Psychology of Personal Excellence. 3 cr. U/G.
Research on elite athletes, performing artists, and corporate executives is used to discuss characteristics of peak performance and identify strategies to facilitate personal excellence. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st, grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 350(P); or grad st or cons instr.
553 Medical Physiology. 4 cr. U/G.
Physiological principles related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting and interaction of physiological systems during normal activities and after injury or disease. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
555 Exercise Psychology. 3 cr. U/G.
Psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity in relation to mental health and public health. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; Grade C or better in Kin(HMS) 350(P) or cons instr.
556 Multilevel Approaches to Changing Physical Activity and Eating Behaviors. 3 cr. U/G.
An introduction to key theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding health-related behavior and evidence-based practical approaches for promoting behavior change. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 w/same topic. Prereq: Admis to Kin major or Ath Trng major or Nutr major; Grade C or better in Kin 350(P); or grad st or cons instr.
561 Neuromechanics of Voluntary Movement. 3 cr. U/G.
An introduction to the major theoretical and empirical perspectives used to examine how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work cooperatively to produce human movement. Prereq: jr st; a grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 461(P) or cons instr.
565 Motor Behavior. 2 cr. U/G.
The theoretical & research evidence basis for normal & disordered movement via motor control, motor learning, & motor development literature. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
566 Functional Neuroanatomy. 3 cr. U/G.
The anatomical basis of neuroscience in physical therapy. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
570 Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity. 3 cr. U/G.
Relationships between sociological factors and human physical activity. Introduction to research relevant to the sociology of sport and other forms of physical activity. Prereq: jr st; must have obtained a grade of C or better in Kin(HMS)(P) or cons instr.
573 Body Image: Influences and Health-Related Implications. 3 cr. U/G.
In-depth examination of the multidimensional body image construct: body image development, assessment, and modification; impact on health and behavior; body image in special populations. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; Psych 101(P).
574 Obesity and Weight Management. 3 cr. U/G.
Examination of the epidemiology of obesity, genetic and environmental contributors, body weight regulation, health and psychosocial consequences, and approaches to assessment, prevention, and treatment. Counts as repeat of Kin 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in BMS 232(P) or Nutr 235(P).
575 The Social Construction of Obesity. 3 cr. U/G.
Examines how obesity is socially constructed and how it shapes conceptions of fitness and physical activity. Counts as repeat of HMS 590 with same topic. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in Kin(HMS) 351(P); or cons instr.
590 Current Topics in Human Kinetics: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
The specific topic will be announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the course is offered. May be repeated to max of 9 cr. Prereq: jr st, cons instr for grad cr.
635 Pathophysiology. 2 cr. U/G.
The general inflammatory and specific pathologies of the various organ systems. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
640 Scientific Principles of Interventions. 5 cr. U/G.
The basic therapeutic interventions used to treat impairments and functional limitations in the different biological systems that lead to movement dysfunction. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog; graduate level Human Gross Anatomy course with lab; Anatomy/physiology, physics, 8 cr each with labs.
641 Cardiopulmonary Evaluation & Treatment. 3 cr. U/G.
The normal and abnormal structure and function of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and lymphatic systems with emphasis on medical and other therapeutic strategies. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
642 Professionalism and Ethos of Care. 3 cr. U/G.
The ethics of professional practice, fiduciary relationships, rights, duties associated with the patient/therapist relationship, and the role character plays in ethical decision-making. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog
643 Integument System. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of factors predisposing skin to breakdown; preventative measures, specific examination, and intervention techniques utilized in treating burns, wounds, and amputations. Prereq: Grad st, admis to DPT program; or cons instr.
680 Clinical Fieldwork I. 1 cr. U/G.
The student will be assigned to a clinically based learning experience with an emphasis on practicing recently learned clinical skills on a patient population. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
681 Fieldwork II: Basic Skills Experience. 2 cr. G.
Clinically based learning experience focusing on patient evaluation and treatment skills while fostering professional behavior through clinical mentorship. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT program; Kin(HMS) 680(P); or cons instr.
699 Physical Therapy Clinical Internship Elective. 1-3 cr. U/G.
Clinical experience with practice skill acquisition, decision making, and ethical professional behaviors consistent with ethical and legal PT practice. Contact hours determined by instructor to include clinical facility work as well as any needed didactic instruction. May not be retaken for cr. Prereq: DPT student in good st & cons instr.
701 Seminar in Human Movement Sciences. 1-3 cr. G.
Research in the Human Movement Sciences subdisciplines including critical review of theories, perspectives and methods. Faculty, student presentations of current work. Retakable to 3 cr max. Prereq: grad st
702 Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses as they apply to health science research. Prereq: grad st; intro level statistics course at U/G or G level.
703 Survey of Research in the Human Movement Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Methods for multi-disciplinary human movement inquiry; problem/statistical design; critique of available literature; preliminary thesis/project design. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 702(P).
705 Foundations of Clinical Research. 3 cr. G.
Research methodology course with emphasis on the use of clinical research to determine best physical therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
706 Research & Applied Statistics in Physical Therapy. 3 cr. G.
Specific quantitative research designs and statistics with an emphasis on clinical research; methods for critically evaluating research literature. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT program; or cons instr.
708 Clinical Gait Analysis. 3 cr. G.
Instrumented and observational gait analysis techniques and discussion of the theoretical background of normal and abnormal gait with application to clinical examples Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT program; or cons instr.
709 Research Practicum. 3 cr. G.
Development of strategies for evaluating and contributing to the evidence for physical therapy practice. Students will select and critically review evidence, develop, execute and present a case report to inform best practice. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT program or cons instr.
710 Evidence Based Practice: Levels of Evidence. 1 cr. G.
Strategies for evaluating the evidence underlying physical therapy practice as a framework for creating and evaluating best practice decisions. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
711 Evidence Based Practice: Interventions. 1 cr. G.
Focus on information access and retrieval from research literature used to inform physical therapy interventions for treatment of movement disorders. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
712 Evidence Based Practice: Tests & Measures. 1 cr. G.
Focus on the critical analysis of published clinical research related to physical therapy tests and measures. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT program or cons instr.
713 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy. 1 cr. G.
Strategies for growth & adaptation of physical therapy practice in the context of a changing health care environment. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
714 Evidence for Practice I. 3 cr. G.
Provides clinicians with a rubric for searching & evaluating the published literature supporting physical therapy practice & informing best practice decisions. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
715 Evidence for Practice II. 3-6 cr. G.
Synthesis of prior coursework in the development and presentation of a clinical practice decision supported with best evidence practices. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy.
716 Seminar: The Culture of Evidence. 1 cr. G.
The role of evidence in physical therapy clinical decision making with application to current interventions. Prereq:grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
717 Pharmacology In Rehabilitation. 2 cr. G.
Pharmacologic agents encountered in physical therapy rehabilitation settings focusing on pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, biotransformation of drugs, and clinical application for relevant drug classifications. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr
718 Clinical Radiology. 1-2 cr. G.
Medical diagnostics emphasizing indications & implications for imaging studies used to augment information obtained from the physical therapy examination. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr
720 Biomechanics Research Methods. 3 cr. G.
Introduction to advanced biomechanics collection techniques. Course focuses on basic programming, data collection/analysis, and presentation skills. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same topic. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 520(C); or cons instr
725 Interdisciplinary Themes in Biomechanics. 3 cr. G.
Emphasis on biomechanical research themes of an interdisciplinary character. Readings drawn from primary research literature. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 520(P) or cons instr.
730 Advanced Metabolic/Endocrine Physiology of Exercise. 3 cr. G.
Study of muscle function, fuel utilization, endocrine function and temperature regulation during exercise and training. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 530(P).
731 Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiology of Exercise. 3 cr. G.
Examination of selected mechanisms regulating cardiovascular and pulmonary adjustments to acute and chronic exercise. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 330; 530(R) & Bio Sci 715(R).
732 Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan. 3 cr. G.
The role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various chronic conditions and diseases. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 330 w/ grade of C or better (P) or cons instr.
733 Advanced Physiological Assessment. 3 cr. G.
Designed to introduce students to advanced physiological testing techniques. Assumes knowledge of basic exercise testing skills, exercise physiology principles. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 530(C) or cons instr.
740 Musculoskeletal: Spine. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation and treatment techniques for spinal dysfunction and injury including mechanical assessment, postural training, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and modalities. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr
741 Musculoskeletal System: Lower Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of lower extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
742 Musculoskeletal: Upper Extremities. 3 cr. G.
Orthopedic physical therapy evaluation and treatment aspects of upper extremity musculoskeletal problems involving skeletal, connective tissue and muscular components. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
743 Health Systems Review. 2 cr. G.
Provides systems overview of screening procedures necessary to provide a comprehensive physical therapy diagnosis with an emphasis on screening for referral. Prereq: grad st; valid license to practice physical therapy or cons instr
744 Healthcare Systems and Administration. 3 cr. G.
Practice of management skills in physical therapy consistent with practice in the U.S. health care system and current practice environments. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr
745 Health Promotion/Wellness for Physical Therapy Practice. 2 cr. G.
Explores many aspects of health / wellness. Prereq: grad st; good standing in DPT prog or cons instr
746 Case-based Clinical Decision Making. 2 cr. G.
Clinical decision-making in physical therapy including formulation of a diagnosis and plan of care supported by evidence from literature. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
753 Medical Physiology II. 4 cr. G.
Pathologies and pharmacologic agents related to rehabilitation in physical therapy practice setting. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr.
761 Concepts of Human Motor Control. 3 cr. G.
A systematic examination of neuromotor control mechanisms and critical review of research in human motor behavior focusing on variables limiting or facilitating performance and/or skill acquisition. Prereq: grad st, Kin(HMS) 561(P) or cons instr.
762 Research Practicum in Motor Control. 3 cr. G.
Demonstration/participation laboratory focused on human motor control experimental design. Topics include sampling, subject protection, techniques for quantification of motor performance characteristics and neuromuscular correlates. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 561(P) or cons instr.
763 Neural Control of Movement. 3 cr. G.
Fundamental concepts and current issues in how the brain and other neurological structures contribute to the control of movement. Prereq: grad st, Kin 561(P) or cons instr.
764 Neurophysiology of Human Movement. 3 cr. G.
A neurophysiologic perspective on key areas of human motor control. Counts as repeat of Kin(HMS) 590 with same topic. Prereq: grad st, Kin(HMS) 561(P) or cons instr.
765 Neuromuscular: Adult. 4 cr. G.
Application of motor control and learning, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology to physical therapy examination and treatment of adults with neurological diagnosis. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
766 Neuromuscular: Pediatric. 4 cr. G.
Pediatric onset diagnosis, related examination, interventions, clinical management, and legislation impacting pediatric physical therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; admis to DPT Program or cons instr.
780 Clinical Teaching. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of patient education intervention focusing on patient adherence in the context of learning theory, adult learning, and learning domains. Prereq: grad st, admis to DPT Program; or cons instr.
798 Independent Project. 1-6 cr. G.
Student research in consultation with and supervised by a graduate faculty member. Retakable w/ chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: grad st; cons instr
799 Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study of a topic selected by the student in consultation with the supervising graduate faculty member. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 6 cr. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.
822 Biomechanics Research Practicum. 3 cr. G.
Addresses research design issues, data collection and reduction techniques. Validity, reliability, and theory of biomechanics instrumentation systems (videography, cinematography, electromyography, force/torque transduction). Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 725(P) or cons instr.
830 Physiological Adaptations to Exercise. 3 cr. G.
Physiological factors related to performing physical activity and exercise on a chronic basis; various environmental influences on physical performance. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 530 (grade of C or better).
850 Seminar in Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on selected topics in the psychology of physical activity. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 6 cr. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 550(P) or cons instr.
851 Psychological Factors in Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise. 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar in exercise psychology. Personal and social psychological factors relevant to preventive and rehabilitative exercise contexts are examined. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 550(P) or cons instr.
870 Seminar in Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on selected topics in sociology of physical activity. May be repeated with change in topic to max of 6 cr. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 570(P) or cons instr.
871 Socialization and Physical Activity. 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on research relevant to the development/lack of development of physically active lifestyles. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 870(P) or cons instr.
880 PT Clinical Internship I. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.
881 PT Clinical Internship II. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical facility for internship practice. Prereq: DPT student in good st.
882 PT Clinical Internship III. 8 cr. G.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy student will be assigned to a clinical faciltiy for internship practice. Prereq: Kin(HMS) 881; DPT student in good st.
888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st.
889 Professional Physical Therapy Credential Preparation. 1 cr. G.
Guidance in preparing for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy licensing exam. Course is offered in a distance learning format. Prereq: DPT student in good standing or grad st & cons instr.
890 Capstone Project. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a research project under the supervision of the student's major professor. Not open to students selecting options A. Prereq: grad st.
891 Research Seminar. 3 cr. G.
Advanced seminar on the synthesis and critique of research literature within the student's primary and secondary subdisciplines. Not open to option A or C students. Prereq: grad st; completion of all or conc reg in remaining coursework for degree.
895 Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a thesis under the direction of the student's primary and secondary advisors. Prereq: grad st; cons instr
909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
This course provides the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, with the opportunity to design, deliver, and evaluate an undergraduate course. Jointly offered w/ and counts as a repeat of BMS (C L Sci) 909, HCA 909, OccThpy 909, and ComsDis 909. Prereq: grad st; Occ Thpy 900 (P); cons instr
910 Advanced Seminar in Health Sciences. 1 cr. G.
Faculty, graduate students, and invited guests will present their research and engage in discussion around themes of broad interest, e.g., public health. Retakable to 4 cr max. Prereq: grad st
930 Practicum and Seminar in Exercise Physiology. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation of current research and methodology in exercise physiology. Prereq: grad st; Kin(HMS) 730 or 731.
930 (effective 01/26/2015) Practicum and Seminar in Exercise Physiology. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation of current research and methodology in exercise physiology. Prereq: grad st; cons instr
990 Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of a thesis under the direction of the student's primary and secondary advisors. May be repeated to max of 6 cr. Not open to students selecting options B or C. Prereq: grad st.
991 Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 cr. G.
Dissertation research Prereq: grad st; admit to Ph.D. candidacy
999 Advanced Independent Study. 1-6 cr. G.
Independent study on topic selected by student and supervising graduate faculty member. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

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