Health and Kinesiology, MS

School of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education

Vision Statement

The School of Health and Kinesiology (H&K’s) graduate program prepares students for careers in health, physical education, exercise science, athletic training, and physical activity. By fostering the development of evidence-based work, we train students to be lifelong learners who can perform leadership roles as educators, practitioners and researchers.

Program Contact Information

Dustin Slivka, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
207R Health and Kinesiology (H&K) 
402.554.3224
dslivka@unomaha.edu

Ryan Klatt, Graduate Programs Office Assistant
207 Health and Kinesiology (H&K)
402.554.2910
ryanklatt@unomaha.edu

Program Email Address

Program Website

Public Health/Health Behavior Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program (IUG) 

The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate program which allows outstanding students to complete the BS in Public Health undergraduate degree and the MS in Health and Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Behavior graduate degree with a total of 144 total credit hours. The integrated program is designed for dedicated students who are motivated and willing to take on early the challenges relating to graduate education. Interested students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor for more information about this program.

Admissions

Application Deadlines (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021)

  • Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted at least one week prior to the first day of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Statement of goals and rationale for entering graduate program (maximum of 300 words)
  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL PBT, 80 if internet-based, 6.5 if IELTS, or 53 if PTE is required.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option
Required Courses
HEKI 8030RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
HEKI 8990THESIS6
Concentrations
Student must select an area of concentration.27
Total Credits36
Non-Thesis Option
Required Courses
HEKI 8030RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
Concentrations
Student must select an area of concentration.33
Total Credits36

Exit Requirements

Thesis Option: Thesis 6 hours HEKI 8990.  All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the supervisory committee, and submitting the Supervisory Committee and Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval and submission of the thesis.

Non-Thesis Option: Comprehensive Examination.

Concentrations

Health Behavior Concentration

Required Concentration Courses
Undergraduate deficiencies may include: an undergraduate statistics course.
HEKI 8030/9031RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
PHHB 8450EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF DISEASE3
PHHB 8360COMMUNITY HEALTH3
PHHB 8270INTERVENTIONS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
PHHB 8400HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM PLANNING3
PHHB 8600HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
PHHB 8750PROGRAM EVALUATION AND INSTRUMENTATION3
PHHB 8950PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY3
Electives
Health Behavior Electives: Should be determined by the advisor and start with the following graduate course prefixes: COMM, COUN, GERO, PHHB, HEKI, PA, KINS, SOC. If completing a Thesis, six hours of HEKI 8990 is required.12
Unrelated field undergraduates choose two elective courses:
RESEARCH PROJECT
HEALTH ASPECTS OF AGING
WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY
HEALTH EDUCATION PRACTICUM
Total Credits36

Physical Education Pedagogy Concentration

Undergraduate deficiencies may include:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANATOMY I
MOTOR LEARNING
ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THEORY AND PRACTICE
BIOMECHANICS
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
Required Concentration Courses
HEKI 8030/9031RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
KINS 8040/9041ADVANCED STATISTICS3
KINS 8240SPORT IN AMERICAN CULTURE3
KINS 8280CURRICULUM IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION3
KINS 8370ANALYZING PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHING & SPORT INSTRUCTION3
BMCH 8400/9401MOTOR LEARNING I3
Electives
Select from the following graduate course prefixes: PHHB, HEKI, KINS. (Others upon approval). If completing a Thesis, 6 hours of HEKI 8990 are required.18
Total Credits36

Physical Education Coaching Concentration

Undergraduate deficiencies may include:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANATOMY I
MOTOR LEARNING
ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THEORY AND PRACTICE
BIOMECHANICS
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
Required Concentration Courses
HEKI 8030/9031RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
KINS 8040/9041ADVANCED STATISTICS3
KINS 8076OPTIMIZING SPORTS PERFORMANCE3
KINS 8370ANALYZING PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHING & SPORT INSTRUCTION3
BMCH 8400/9401MOTOR LEARNING I3
KINS 8506BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF COACHING3
KINS 8950/9951ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
Electives
Select from the following graduate course prefixes: PHHB, HEKI, KINS. (Others upon approval). If completing a Thesis, 6 hours of HEKI 8990 are required.15
Total Credits36

Exercise Science Concentration

Undergraduate deficiencies may include:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANATOMY I
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
Required Concentration Courses
HEKI 8030/9031RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
KINS 8700/9701PSYCHOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
KINS 8040/9041ADVANCED STATISTICS3
HEKI 8850/9851EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS3
KINS 8950/9951ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY3
Electives21
Select from the following graduate course prefixes: PHHB, HEKI, KINS. (Others upon approval). If completing a Thesis, 6 hours of HEKI 8990 are required.
Total Credits36

Physical Activity in Health Promotion Concentration

Undergraduate deficiencies may include:
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & ANATOMY I
PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
Required Concentration Courses
HEKI 8030/9031RESEARCH IN HEALTH & KINESIOLOGY3
KINS 8040/9041ADVANCED STATISTICS3
KINS 8206PLANNING WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAMS3
KINS 8120CURRENT TOPICS IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT3
KINS 8130/9131IMPLEMENTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
KINS 8140/9141PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH RELATED RESEARCH3
HEKI 8850/9851EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS3
KINS 8700/9701PSYCHOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY3
or PHHB 8600 HEALTH BEHAVIOR
Recommended Electives
Select 12 hours from the following graduate course prefixes: PHHB, HEKI, KINS. (Others upon approval). If completing a Thesis, 6 hours of HEKI 8990 are required.12
Total Credits36