Exercise Science and Health Promotion

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Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion 36-credit Concentrations:

  • Group Fitness Leadership (program code: 0978)
  • Nutrition (program code: 0984)
  • Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (program code: 0954)
  • Rehabilitation Science (program code: 0956)
  • Sport Psychology  (program code: 0958)
  • Wellness and Fitness (program code: 0952)
  • Wellness Coaching (program code: 0959)

 Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion: Applied Sport Science -  42 credits (program code: 0969) 

Post-Bachelor's 12-credit Certificate options:

  • Group Fitness Leadership (program code: 0979)
  • Nutrition (program code: 0985)
  • Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (program code: 0994)
  • Rehabilitation Science (program code: 0996)
  • Sport Psychology (program code: 0998)
  • Wellness and Fitness (program code: 0992)
  • Wellness Coaching (program code: 0983)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion is designed for working professionals and recent bachelor's degree graduates in the health and fitness industry, including certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, health and physical education teachers, coaches, chiropractors, personal trainers, business owners, wellness counselors, military personnel and other health/fitness professionals as well as individuals looking to change careers and enter the broad field of fitness and wellness. The University has worked closely with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to develop outstanding course content. NASM was founded in 1987 by physicians, physical therapists and fitness professionals. Since its inception, the organization has expanded throughout the United States, Asia and Europe and has always focused on the development, refinement and implementation of superior educational programs for fitness, performance and sports medicine professionals.

Note: For the master's degree, one of the concentrations listed above must be selected. Seven 12-credit certificates are also available for applicants who possess a bachelor's degree.

Each option involves specific coursework preparing the student for one of three NASM certification examinations or the Wellness Coaches USA certification:

  1. Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) (wellness and fitness concentration)
  2. Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) (performance enhancement concentration)
  3. Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) (rehabilitation science concentration)
  4. Certified Wellness Coach (wellness coaching concentration)

Program length is 12 consecutive months (full time) or 18 months (part time) with a summer or winter start. Thirty-five students per class work, learn and communicate online and function as a group of interactive peers. This virtual community, or cohort, creates a lively, dynamic educational experience that enriches the collaborative skills essential in the contemporary health care and fitness workplace.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Group Fitness Leadership

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness  3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 717  Strength and HIIT in Group Fitness Exercise 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 757  Cardiovascular and Flexibility Training in Group Fitness Exercise 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 781  Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 800  Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Nutrition

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 718  Health Behavior Change in Nutrition Education 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 758  Applied Principles of Human Nutrition 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 781  Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness
3
PRF 788  Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3
PRF 800  Research in Wellness and Fitness 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 710  Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 750  Performance Enhancement Program Design 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 780  Current Topics in Performance Enhancement 3
PRF 810  Research in Performance Enhancement 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Rehabilitation Science

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 712  Corrective Exercise in Rehabilitation 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 752  Corrective Exercise Program Design 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 782  Current Topics in Rehabilitation 3
PRF 820  Research in Rehabilitation 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Sport Psychology

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 713  Special Topics in Sport Psychology 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 753  Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 783  Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement 3
PRF 830  Research in Sport Psychology
3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Wellness and Fitness

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 711  An Integrated Approach to Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 751  Program Design in Wellness and Fitness 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 781  Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 800  Research in Wellness and Fitness 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Wellness Coaching

Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 714  Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 754  Health and Wellness Coaching – Facilitating Change 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 784  Current Topics in Wellness Coaching 3
PRF 840  Leadership and Professional Development 3
Total 36

Curriculum - Master of Science: Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Applied Sport Science

Course Credits
GRA 800  Graduate Internship 6
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3
PRF 705  Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 716  Advanced Techniques in Movement and Recovery 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science
3
PRF 756  Program Design for Optimizing Human Movement and Recovery 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 786  Current Topics in Movement and Recovery Science 3
PRF 816  Research in Movement and Recovery Science 3
Total 42

Curriculum - Certificate: Group Fitness Leadership

Course Credits
PRF 717  Strength and HIIT in Group Fitness Exercise  3
PRF 757  Cardiovascular and Flexibility Training in Group Fitness Exercise
3
PRF 787  Key Concepts in Group Fitness Exercise 3
PRF 800  Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Nutrition

Course Credits
PRF 718  Health Behavior Change in Nutrition Education  3
PRF 758  Applied Principles of Human Nutrition 3
PRF 788  Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3
PRF 800  Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Course Credits
PRF 710  Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity 3
PRF 750  Performance Enhancement Program Design  3
PRF 780  Current Topics in Performance Enhancement 3
PRF 810  Research in Performance Enhancement  3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Rehabilitation Science

Course Credits
PRF 712  Corrective Exercise in Rehabilitation  3
PRF 752  Corrective Exercise Program Design 3
PRF 782  Current Topics in Rehabilitation 3
PRF 820  Research in Rehabilitation 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Sport Psychology

Course Credits
PRF 713  Special Topics in Sport Psychology  3
PRF 753  Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation 3
PRF 783  Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention 3
PRF 830  Research in Sport Psychology 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Wellness and Fitness

Course Credits
PRF 711  An Integrated Approach to Fitness and Wellness  3
PRF 751  Program Design in Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 781  Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness 3
PRF 800  Research in Fitness and Wellness 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Wellness Coaching

Course Credits
PRF 714  Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies  3
PRF 754  Health and Wellness Coaching - Facilitating Change
3
PRF 784  Current Topics in Wellness Coaching 3
PRF 840  Research in Health and Wellness Coaching 3
Total 12

Advisement

Students in the exercise science and health promotion program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/exercise-science/index.aspx

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Barry E. McGlumphy, Ed.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.S. (University of Arizona), B.S. (Lock Haven University), Professor, Full-Time Faculty

Specializations: online education, sports medicine, athletic training
Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/barry-mcglumphy.aspx 
Email: mcglumphy@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4356

Program Faculty

Carol M. Biddington, Ed.D., M.S., B.S. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor; Specializations: curriculum and instruction, health, physical education and safety, elementary education, gerontology; Research Interests: health promotion, diversity awareness, fitness

William B. Biddington, Ed.D., M.S., B.S.P.E. (West Virginia University), Professor, Faculty Athletics Representative; Specializations: athletic training, health and wellness, sport management, curriculum development

Marc S. Federico, D.P.T., M.P.T. (Slippery Rock University), B.S. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor; Specializations: corrective exercise, postural awareness/correction, muscular imbalance; Research Interests: spine, hip, shoulder rehabilitation/function/stabilization

Jeffrey R. Hatton, O.T.D. (Chatham University), M.S. (California University), B.S.O.T. (College Misericordia), B.S.Ed. (Lock Haven University), Assistant Professor; Specializations: business of fitness, fitness for special populations; Research Interests: meaningful activity to increase health-related quality of life

Linda P. Meyer, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (Lock Haven State College), LAT (Licensed Athletic Trainer in Pennsylvania), ATC, Professor; Specializations: leadership, professional development, athletic training, exercise science; Research Interests: leadership, athletic training related subject matter, exercise science related subject matter

Laura L. Miller, Ph.D., M.S. (University of Southern Mississippi), B.S. (Pennsylvania State University - Behrend College), Associate Professor; Specializations: sport marketing, sport psychology, sport sales; Research Interests: consumer behavior in sport, marketing and sales techniques, disability in sport

Ben Reuter, Ph.D. (Auburn University), M.S.Ed. (Old Dominion University), B.A. (Gettysburg College), Associate Professor; Expertise and Research Interests: exercise science - training age group/masters athletes, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, endurance training.

Joni Lee Cramer Roh, Ed.D., B.S. (West Virginia University), M.A.T. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Professor; Specializations: athletic training/sports medicine, sport psychology, psychophysiology of injury and rehabilitation; Research Interests: psychophysiology of injury and rehabilitation, psychology of injury, psychology of rehabilitation, sport psychology performance enhancement and interventions; Memberships: NATA, PATS, MAATA, APA, AASP, KON; Professional Services: Second Vice Chair of the KON Executive Committee, KON Adviser at Cal U (Nu Omicron chapter); Ad hoc CAATE PPE Annual Review Team.

Christine Romani-Ruby, PT, MPT, ATC, PMA CPT; M.P.T. (Slippery Rock University), B.S. Exercise Science (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.S. Natural Science (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Certificate in Athletic Training (West Chester University), Doctoral Candidate (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor; Licenses: Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Direct Access Physical Therapy; Certifications: Certified Pilates Teacher by Pilates Method Alliance; Interests: wellness, injury prevention, posture, Pilates, body weight training, business

Ronald W. Wagner, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), M.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), M.S. (Bloomsburg University), B.S. (Southeast Missouri State University), Associate Professor; Specializations: kinesiology, athletic training, instructional design, educational technology; Research Interests: sports performance training, cultural competence in athletic health care, functional movement screening

Ellen J. West, Ed.D., M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor; Specializations: education leadership, chemical dependency counselor education, health education, athletic training, elementary education; Research Interests: acute care of injury and illness, wellness and fitness, worksite health programming, student-centered learning (constructivist approach), learning styles, psychology of sport, community-based approaches to promoting physical activity

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/