The curriculum is composed of courses that present an in-depth knowledge base for the area of applied health and sports sciences. The courses and requirements in the program will allow students the opportunity to expand not only their knowledge but also skills and competencies. Upon completion of the graduate program in Applied Health and Sports Sciences, students will possess the following competencies:
Demonstrate knowledge in the area of physiology, personal training, exercise testing and prescription and intervention and behavior change strategies.
Demonstrate skills for health screening, wellness assessments and risk stratification for potential diseases/conditions.
Demonstrate research and inquiry competencies by completing the research core, by writing a research paper.
Demonstrate professional and appropriate dispositions by completing a required field experience.
Demonstrate advocacy and marketing skills by completing a required field experience.
Key Quality Indicators:
Competence in a discipline.
Demonstrate applied health and sports sciences knowledge.
Demonstrate applied health and sports sciences and wellness and/or wellness management skills.
Demonstrate professional ethical behavior in the applied health and sports sciences and wellness profession.
This program of study is designed to prepare students to work, manage and interact in a variety of health, wellness, sport, rehabilitation, educational and/or fitness settings that could include sports management and administration, health and wellness promotion and exercise and lifestyle intervention and chronic disease risk reduction. Students who have not met prerequisite requirements for listed courses will be required to complete these requirements as part of their degree program.
Research Core Requirements (9)
Science Foundation Core Requirements (12)
Electives in selected emphasis area (Wellness or Management)(12)
EMPHASIS AREAS: M.S. Applied Health and Sports Sciences
Program Completion Requirements
In addition to successful completion of the Nine Steps Toward a Master’s Degree (see catalog for description), successful completion of the following College of Education and Human Services and HHS departmental requirements are required:
Completion of an approved fieldwork experience of 200 hours.
Completion of an approved Plan of Study.
Successful passage of Comprehensive Exams.
Program Admission Requirements
Students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in the Department of Health and Human Services must meet the admission requirements of the University and department as stated in this catalog:
Make application to the Graduate School.
A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript is required. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.20 to 2.74 may be considered for admission after he/she has completed eight hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest with a GPA of 3.25.
A minimum combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The student may retake the test if the score is below 280. Official scores must be filed with the Graduate Office to complete the admission packet before being admitted to the program. Students who can demonstrate two or more years of full-time (30 hours per week) work experience can apply this work experience as an alternative to the GRE admission requirement. In such cases, the student must provide the following information to the graduate faculty of the HHS department for approval by majority vote:
Documentation of at least 2 years of full-time experience in the areas of physical education, recreation, or applied health sciences.
Two letters of recommendation, with one being from a current or former employer.
A writing sample.
Students foregoing the GRE will be required to complete REC 45633 Research Report Writing. This requirement must be met before being admitted to candidacy and prior to completion of 15 hours.
A minimum score of 3.5 on the GRE Writing Assessment or the student must take REC 45633 Research Report Writing. This requirement must be met before the student is admitted to candidacy and prior to completion of 15 hours.
Complete departmental admissions packet and receive written acceptance from the HHS department via the graduate coordinator or their designee. Deadlines for submission of graduate admissions packets are as follows:
Fall Admission – August 1
Spring Admission – December 1
Summer Admission – April 1
HPER 22636 Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation HPER 22665 Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Data HPER 22690 Research Paper HPER 22636 and HPER 22665: Comprehensive Exam Course
3 3 1 to4
HPER 22555 Strategies and Interventions for Health Behavior Change HPER 22529 Theory and Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning/Personal Training HPER 22532 Exercise Testing, Prescription, and Analysis of Cardiac Function OR HPER 22682 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries HPER 22680 Health Sciences Field Experience HPER 22555: Comprehensive Exam Course
3 3 OR 3 3 1-3
Wellness (Choose 12 Hours: HPER 22632 is required) HPER 22632 Exercise Physiology HPER 22633 Human Pathophysiology and Epidemiology HPER 22552 Health Promotion HPER 22550 Community Health HPER 22556 Health in the Later Years HPER 22637 Sports and Exercise Nutrition REC 45665 Leisure and Aging HPER 22512 Socio-Psychological Aspects of Human Performance REC 45547 Grantsmanship Independent Study (1-3 hours only) HPER 22632: Comprehensive Exam Course
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Sports Management and Administration (Choose 12 Hours: HPER 22681 is required) HPER 22681 Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Sport REC 45545 Risk Management REC 45635 Trends and Issues in Recreation/Leisure REC 45665 Leisure and Aging REC 45533 Recreational Sports Management REC 45546 Administration of Recreation REC 45525 Commercial Recreation REC 45660 Recreation Facility Design and Management REC 45547 Grantsmanship HPER 22637 Sports and Exercise Nutrition Independent Study (1-3 hours only) HPER 22681: Comprehensive Exam Course
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3