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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jul 24, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health and Physical Activity Programming and Promotion, MS


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Admission Requirements


The admission requirements will be unchanged compared to what is currently required for the Master of Science degree programs in the Department of Health and Human Development.  These requirements include the following:

  1. Applicants who possess an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or a closely related field, or who can demonstrate foundational knowledge in key areas (human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology, exercise testing and prescription) are admitted to the Master of Science degree program provided that they meet all other School of Education admission requirements.
  2. Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or a closely related field, or who cannot demonstrate foundational knowledge in key areas are provisionally admitted to the Master of Science Program provided that they complete coursework in the following areas prior to admission into the Master of Science Program in the Department of Health and Human Development (this was previously approved by the University in Spring 2018):
    1. Human Anatomy
    2. Human Physiology
    3. Exercise Physiology
    4. Exercise Testing and Prescription
Undergraduate Degree Requirement or Foundational Knowledge Requirement for Admission to the Master of Science Program in the Department of Health and Human Development Provisional Admission Requirement*  
  • Undergraduate degree in Exercise Science or a related field of study.

OR

  • Foundational knowledge in Anatomy, Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing and Prescription
*Completion of courses in the following areas: Options for Completing this Admission Requirement
 
  • Human Anatomy
Complete HHD 1011/12 (Applied Human Anatomy) or complete a comparable course.
 
  • Human Physiology
Complete HHD 1033 (Human Physiology) or complete a comparable course.
 
  • Exercise Physiology
Complete HHD 1042 (Physiology of Exercise) or complete a comparable course.
* Indicates that when the application is reviewed, only those courses where a gap in the core knowledge is identified will be required for admission.
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription
Complete HHD 1224 (Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription) or complete a comparable course.

Academic Requirements


  • A minimum of 30 credits for the non-thesis degree and 36 credits for the thesis degree option are required for the Health and Physical Activity Programming and Promotion degree.
  • Students must complete a comprehensive examination based on core competencies prior to graduation.  Student will be eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination after completion of a minimum of 24 credits.  Students will be provided a study guide to assist in their preparation for the comprehensive examination.
  • Students must complete courses in the appropriate order as outlined on the Plan of Study to be given permission to register for the appropriate courses in this degree.
  • All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in the non-thesis option and a minimum of 36 credits in the thesis option.
Course Requirement Non-Thesis Option Thesis Option
HHD 2268 - PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2381 - CLINICAL EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PHYSIOLOGY 1   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2380 - BEHAVIOR CHANGE AND HEALTH COACHING   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2320 - PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2387 - MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2322 - EVIDENCE BASED HEALTH PROGRAM PLANNING   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2386 - HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROMOTION AND MARKETING   X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
Selects one of the following 2 options:    

Option 1: Research Design - HHD 2375  or EFOP 2030  + Statistics - HHD 2410  or EFOP 2018  
(Option 1 is required of students in the Thesis Option)

Option 2: 2 Electives (within or outside HHD)

X (6 credits) X (6 credits)
Selects one of the following 2 options:    

Option 1: (Non-Thesis option): HHD 2385 - INTERNSHIP IN HEALTH AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY  

Option 2: (Thesis option): Elective (within or outside of HHD)

X (3 credits) X (3 credits)
HHD 2999 - MASTER’S THESIS RESEARCH     X (6 credits)
TOTAL CREDITS 30 36

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