Health and Physical Education

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  • Hands-on clinical experiences for athletic training students
  • Expansive list of clinical sites: high schools, universities, orthopaedic offices, and physical therapy sites
  • Seven semesters of field experience at local colleges, high schools, and universities

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Chairperson: Shelby Yeager, M.Ed., ATC, LAT

Mission

The mission of the Graduate Department of Health and Physical Education is to provide dedicated faculty, quality facilities, and a diverse environment, which supports nationally recognized graduate education, research, and service in the area of sports nutrition/exercise science.

Philosophy

The program promotes scholarship with a central focus on current research and advanced education. By providing a supportive environment, the program seeks to enable students and faculty to synthesize, interpret, and apply research for the advancement of their discipline and improvement in their practice.

Goals and Objectives

The overall goals of the sports nutrition/exercise science program are to develop proficient professionals who will be proactive in scholarship and leadership in their respective fields.

The objectives of the program are:

  1. To foster a learning environment that leads to quality teaching and learning, original research contributions, and scholarly pursuits within the sports nutrition and exercise science discipline.
  2. To prepare students who can think critically in the theoretical and practical areas of exercise science and sports nutrition.
  3. To promote student commitment to life-long learning, professional development, and community service.
  4. To encourage mentoring, teamwork, and collaboration among students and faculty.
  5. To empower students to excel in their knowledge and skill development in order to competitively enter the job market or doctoral programs.

M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is jointly administered by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Department of Health and Physical Education. Applicants to the program leading to a degree in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science usually have an undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics or an exercise-related field. Individuals with other backgrounds are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they will need at least one year of anatomy and physiology (minimum six credits) and one chemistry course (minimum three credits). These courses may be completed at Marywood during the first year of graduate coursework. GREs are required for admission into the program. The M.S. in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science is a 36-credit program requiring 21 credits in core nutrition and exercise courses, 9 credits in the research sequence, and 6 credits of electives. In addition to the required courses, the candidate must successfully complete and defend an original research project. Students, after consultation with the chairperson, will be assigned a member of the Nutrition/Dietetics or Health and Physical Education faculty as a mentor. The mentor and two other committee members will work with the candidate on an individual basis throughout the research project.

Program of Study

36 semester hours

CORE COURSES

21 semester hours

SNES/N D 502
Exercise Testing and Nutrition Assessment (with lab)
3
SNES/N D 510 Biomechanics 3
SNES/N D 549 Sports Nutrition
3
SNES/N D 574 Exercise Physiology (with lab)
3
SNES/N D 578 Sports Supplements
3
SNES/N D 581 Energy Nutrients and Alcohol 3
SNES/N D 582 Vitamins and Minerals 3

RESEARCH SEQUENCE

9 semester hours

SNES/N D 590
Research Methodology
3
SNES/N D 591 Statistical Analysis
3
SNES/N D 595
A, B, C
Research Thesis (1 credit each)
3

ELECTIVES

6 semester hours

SNES/N D 503
Endocrine Disorders, Nutrition, and Exercise
3
SNES/N D 509 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
3
SNES/N D 513 Exercise and Aging
3
SNES/N D 523 Immunology, Exercise and Nutrition
3
SNES/N D 525 Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Pharmacology
3
SNES/N D 575 Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
3
SNES/N D 577 Exercise and Nutrition Prescriptions in Health and Disease 3

Additional courses may be selected from graduate courses offered in Nutrition, Health and Physical Education, or other departments with permission of the advisor.


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