4-8 Activity Courses (PHED)
The Department of Kinesiology offers a broad range of exercise and sport classes. Course content is directed toward developing in students: 1) a knowledge base relative to personal health that will encourage regular and safe exercise over the lifespan, and 2) the requisite motor skills to enable enjoyable participation in various sport modes.
14 Introduction to Public Health
This introductory course covers the basic elements of health promotion’s parent discipline public health. The course provides a basic overview of analytical methods (epidemiology), biomedical studies, environmental assessment, analyses of individual and group behavior, data use and policy developments. Specific attention is paid to health disparities and determinants of health.This course is a Community Engagement (CE) class and students will be actively involved in creating and delivering health promotion programs through a partnership with Saint Mary’s College’s Health and Wellness Center. Saint Mary’s College defines service-learning as, “a form of teaching and learning in which students engage in purposeful action that addresses community goals and through critical reflection to integrate the action with academic objectives to foster civic responsibility and social justice.” (CILSA, 2013).
122 -Advanced Strength and Conditioning
This course will provide the student with an advanced understanding of the principles and methods necessary to design comprehensive strength and conditioning programs that enhance fitness and athletic performance. Students will use an evidence-based approach to critically analyze current research to develop and justify conditioning programs and techniques for a broad range of sports and activities. This course will also prepare the student for certifications in personal training and strength and conditioning.
127 Health Promotion: Planning and Evaluation
This course explores the systematic approach to planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in public agencies, community settings, worksites, educational settings, and health care settings. Various planning models and theories in health promotion will be covered.
Prerequisites: KINES 10, KINES 14, & KINES 15 or Health Science Major
129 Cancer Prevention: One Day At a Time
This course explores the epidemiology of cancer, assesses family health history, and the impact of lifestyle choices to determine cancer risks. Topics include common cancers, risk factors for developing cancer, trends in incidence/prevalence of various cancers, why some people develop cancer and others do not, evidence-based strategies for effective physical activity promotion, avoiding or minimizing carcinogenic exposure, and how a multi-level approach to cancer prevention will bring awareness to this public health issue. Prerequisites: Students must complete KINES-010 and KINES-015 with a grade
of C- or higher.
130 Personal Health: A Multicultural Perspective
This course examines the relationship between culture and health and ways in which these variables intersect. It explores how public health and health promotion efforts can benefit from understanding and working within the cultural processes, and provides conceptual tools for identifying and evaluating relationships between culture and health. It primarily deals with issues in the United States, but includes global perspectives of culture and health as well. Prerequisites: Students must complete Kines-010 and Kines-015 with a minimum grade of C- or higher.