The Human Performance concentration is a non-thesis program leading to a Master of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Its purpose is to train students for careers where they can promote scientifically based exercise, wellness, and psychological factors to enhance health, athletic development and/or movement performance. Furthermore, students will be trained to be an integral part of the health care team that administers, assesses, and develops programs for clinical populations.

The curriculum allows students to focus on specific areas of sport or clinical applications that best meet their individual interests. Human Performance incorporates components such as sport nutrition; exercise and sport psychology; exercise physiology; clinical exercise physiology, motor behavior; biomechanics; and strength and conditioning which are viable to both sport and clinical populations.

The Human Performance concentration requires completion of the following: (1) a group of courses that gives the student a solid background in the science of human performance; (2) electives that can be used to further specialize the course of study; (3) a comprehensive final examination; and (4) a one-semester internship. Graduate coursework within the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology covering these areas includes both lecture and laboratory courses.

Program Requirements
  • 18   Semester hours of coursework in Concentration Courses.
  • 5   Semester hours Graduate Internship in Area of Specialization
  • 7   Semester hours minimum in approved Elective or additional Concentration Courses
  • 30   Total hours minimum for graduation

Students will take one course from each fundamental topic area:

  • Fundamentals in Exercise Physiology:

APK 6116 Physiological Bases of Exercise and Sport Sciences (3 credits)
PET 5936 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
ATR 6145 Human Pathophysiology for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)

  • Fundamentals in Research

HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)

  • Fundamentals in Exercise Conditioning

PET 5936 Strength and Conditioning (3 credits)
APK 6118: Neuromuscular Adaptation to Exercise (3 credits)

  • Fundamentals in Assessment

APK 6226 Biomechanics of Human Motion (3 credits)
APK 5127 Assessment in Exercise Science (3 credits)
PET 5936  Kinetic Anatomy (3 credits)
PET 5936: Pathophysiology and Prevention of Athletic Injury (3 credits)

  • Fundamentals in Biobehavioral Aspects of Performance

APK 5404 Sport Psychology (3 credits)
APK 6400 Performance Enhancement (3 credits)
APK 6205 Nature and Bases of Motor Performance (3 credits)
PET 5936 Emotion and Attention in Sport (3 credits)

  • Fundamentals in Sports Nutrition

PET 5936 Sports Nutrition (3 credits)
PET 5936 Ergogenic Aids (3 credits)
HUN 6245 Advanced Human Nutrition (3 credits)
HUN 6301 Nutritional Aspects of Lipids (3 credits)
HUN 6321 Proteins and Amino Acids in Nutrition (3 credits)
HUN 6331 Vitamins in Human Nutrition (3 credits)

  • PET 6947 Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

              (40 hr/wk internship in students’ area of specialization) (5 credits)

Approved Elective Courses

Up to 7 credit hours towards the degree can come from this list

PET 5936 Professional Skills/Grant Writing (3 credits)
PET 5936 Pharmacology and Exercise Science (3 credits)
PET 5936 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
APK 6210 Controlling Motor Actions (3 credits)
APK 6410 Seminar in Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
APK 6225 Biomedical Instrumentation (3 credits)
APK 6120 Cardiopulmonary Pathologies (3 credits)
APK 6125 EKG Interpretation (3 credits)
APK 6145 Movement Disorders (3 credits)
APK 7100 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
APK 7105 Environmental Stress in Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
APK 7110 Exercise Metabolism (3 credits)
APK 7120 Pulmonary Function During Exercise (3 credits)
APK 6900 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
APK 6940 Advanced Practicum in Area of Specialization (1-3 credits)
SPM 6905 Athlete Development (3 credits)
SPM 6726 Issues in Sports Law (3 credits)
SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3 credits)
SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3 credits)
GMS 6411 Fundamentals of Cardiovascular Physiology (1 credit)
GMS 6406 Fundamentals of Pulmonary / Respiratory Physiology (1 credit)

NOTE: 1000-4000 level courses within the department and 1000-2000 level courses outside the department are not eligible to count toward the graduate degree requirements.

Comprehensive Final Examination

Prior to graduating, each student must complete a written final examination administered by their supervisory committee to show proficiency in their area of concentration.

Recommended Prerequisites

NOTE: These courses DO NOT count toward your graduate degree program.

  • Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription (at U.F. APK 4125C)
  • Integrated Principles of Biology (at U.F. BSC 2010)
  • General Chemistry (at U.F. CHM 2045)
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (at U.F. HUN 2201)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (at U.F. APK 2100C)
  • Applied Human Physiology (at U.F. APK 2105C)
  • Physiology of Exercise and Training (at U.F. PET 3110C)
  • General Psychology (at U.F. PSY 2012)
Faculty Advisors
  • Barton, Elisabeth, Ph.D.
  • Beatty, Garrett, Ph.D.
  • Borsa, Paul, Ph.D.
  • Cauraugh, James, Ph.D.
  • Christou, Demetra, Ph.D.
  • Christou, Evangelos, Ph.D.
  • Clanton, Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Coombes, Stephen, Ph.D.
  • Ferreira, Leonardo, Ph.D.
  • Harrison, Blain, Ph.D.
  • Hass, Chris, Ph.D.
  • Janelle, Christopher, Ph.D.
  • Powers, Scott, Ph.D.
  • Reid, Michael B., Ph.D.
  • Ryan, Terence, Ph.D.
  • Seidler, Rachael, Ph.D.
  • Manini,Todd, Ph.D.
  • Vaillancourt, David, Ph.D.