Master of Science

Human Performance

The Masters of Science in Human Performance meets the needs and interests of health and fitness professionals, physical education teachers, sport coaches, athletic trainers, and nutrition specialists interested in the design and delivery of performance testing and enhancement programs for both individual and team performance.

This degree provides the foundation, advanced knowledge and skills to function as effective clinicians in a variety of sport, fitness and recreation settings. The Human Performance degree incorporates components such as sport nutrition; exercise and sport psychology; exercise physiology; motor behavior; biomechanics; and strength and conditioning which are viable to a wide variety of clinical populations.

At the completion of the Human Performance specialization, students will be able to:

  • Apply core knowledge to evaluate a client’s health status involving pathophysiology, body composition, nutrition, medical history, pre-exercise evaluations, and psychology.
  • Use of knowledge, investigatory and analytical thinking to analyze and evaluate movement and to prescribe exercises that promote health and enhance performance.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchanges while promoting safe and effective exercising to a variety of populations.
  • Recognizing risk factors and their relationship to exercise, nutrition, and other lifestyle behaviors and understanding consultation with other health care professionals may be required
  • Adhere to legal and regulatory practice requirements while displaying responsibility, ethical practice, and sensitivity to a diverse client population.
  • Provide, assess, evaluate and improve client care practices that are of value by continually using statistics to calculate data in order to judge the strength and quality of a client’s set program.

Students in the MSHP program will have the opportunity to earn valuable health and fitness certifications through their courses. These include:

CSCS: The certified strength and conditioning specialist exam by the National Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

RCEP: The Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist exam a national certification exam administered by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

CISSN: The Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) a national certification exam administered by International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

Additional Information

View MS Human Performance curriculum online.


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