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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 22, 2021
 
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Health and Physical Activity


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The Department of Health and Physical Activity (HPA) focuses its academic, research, and service efforts on promoting physically active lifestyles and other health-related behaviors to prevent disease and enhance quality of life across the lifespan. HPA’s expertise has attracted research funding in the areas of physical activity behavior and epidemiology, obesity prevention and treatment, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fitness training, and health promotion.

The faculty expertise combined with collaboration with other entities with the University of Pittsburgh such as the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public HealthSchool of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hospital network provides for a state-of-the-art and innovative academic, research and clinical experience.

Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Health and Physical Activity
140 Trees Hall
412-648-8320
Fax: 412-648-7092
E-mail: hpa@pitt.edu
www.education.pitt.edu/hpa

Degrees Offered

Doctoral

  • Exercise Physiology, PhD

    The Department of Health and Physical Activity offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Exercise Physiology. This full-time degree program prepares students for positions at research and doctoral-granting universities and research medical centers. The student works closely with their faculty mentor to develop the appropriate plan of study and research experiences. Current research expertise of the faculty includes the following:

        Obesity and Body Weight Regulation
        Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
        Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Chronic Disease
        Physical Activity Programming for Health and Fitness
        Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
        Technology-Based Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
        Perceptual Responses to Physical Activity and Exercise

 

  • Health and Physical Activity, EdD
    The Department of Health and Physical Activity is addressing a growing need for professionals with training in health, fitness, physical activity programming, clinical application, and research. The EdD ARCO in health and physical activity provides students with an evidence-based education that results in expertise in their chosen field of study. Graduates of this program are prepared to design, implement, and lead health, physical activity, and fitness programs as well as corporate, commercial, hospital, community, and university wellness programs.
     

Master’s

  • Health and Fitness- Clinical/Practitioner Focus, MS 
  • Health and Fitness- Research Focus, MS 

    These tracks within the Master of Science degree focuses on training students to address the changing landscape related to promotion and study of optimal health and fitness through physical activity. This track will prepare students for careers focusing on healthy lifestyle behaviors and to pursue careers in the health and fitness industry such as directors of corporate, commercial, hospital, community, and university wellness programs. 
     
  • Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease - Clinical/Practitioner Focus, MS 
  • Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease- Research Focus, MS

    These tracks within the Master of Science degree focuses on training students to address the changing landscape related to chronic disease prevention and treatment, with an emphasis on the promotion and study of physical activity and health. This track will prepare students for careers focusing on prevention and treatment of chronic disease through modification of healthy lifestyle behaviors, and to pursue careers as part of a team of professionals to director prevention and treatment initiatives within hospital, community, commercial, and university settings. 

 

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