University of Florida

Curriculum

30 credit hours minimum

  • 18 credits: concentration courses
  • 12 credits: elective courses

The online M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology focuses on how exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, athletic-injury prevention, and sport psychology can improve people’s lives and maximize athletic performance.

You will learn to use research-backed concepts to: design and perform assessments, collect and interpret data, evaluate outcomes, and create effective interventions and training plans.

You will also build professional skills through interactive sessions with instructors and fellow students. All courses champion teamwork, ethical behavior, cultural sensitivity, professional conduct, and professional communication.

Students are also given the opportunity to choose from any electives or elect from two optional specializations: Athlete Development and Integrative Strength and Conditioning Science.


Degree Requirements

Graduation from the online M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in human performance requires completion of the following:

  • 30 credit hours of coursework
  • Demonstration of a practical skills competency in the field of human performance through an internship, independent study, or other advisor-approved qualification
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive final examination in the final semester that tests depth and breadth of knowledge in the field of human performance

Traditional (No Specialization)

Students choose at least one course from each core topic area. Additional courses may be taken as electives.


Core Courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals in Exercise Physiology

APK 6116 Physiological Bases of Exercise & Sport Sciences (3 credits)

This is an introductory exercise physiology course aimed at graduate students who possess an undergraduate-level understanding of human exercise physiology. This course is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge of the acute and chronic responses to exercise. The overriding concept of the class is how exercise challenges the body’s normal “homeostasis,” and we will use this to illuminate the ways we function (or don’t!). Particular attention will be given to understanding the mechanisms of how these responses occur. In addition to textbook material, the course will use primary literature to understand the basis of physiological concepts and to explore emerging concepts. Students will be expected to be active participants through class discussions and presentations.

ATR 6145 Human Pathophysiology for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)

This is an in-depth study of the current concepts and theories related to macrotraumatic and microtraumatic injuries. It looks at factors that affect inflammation and healing, and it considers the role of exercise and rehabilitation in managing injuries and illnesses.

Fundamentals in Movement

APK 6226C Biomechanics of Human Motion (3 credits)

This course applies the principles of kinematics and kinetics to the human body during movement, with an emphasis on how these principles affect injury prevention and performance enhancement. It connects statics, kinematics, and kinetics with the kinesiological systems that control our movement and our athletic skills.

PET 5936 Corrective Exercise Training (3 credits)

This course examines the fundamental concepts of human movement and the effects of movement impairments on musculoskeletal injury risk. It includes evidence-based program design recommendations and the practical skills necessary to successfully identify and correct movement impairments in an active population. Topics include assessing human movement dysfunction, the corrective exercise continuum, and corrective exercise strategies. Content will prepare students to sit for the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.

Fundamentals in Biobehavioral Aspects

APK 5404 Sport Psychology (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 6408 Performance Enhancement. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK5404 include how motivation, emotion, attention, performance attributions, confidence, and psychological consequences of injury influence performance; and how psychological-skills training programs that develop skills in goal setting, emotion regulation, attentional focus, attributions, self efficacy, self talk, and mental imagery influence performance.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

APK 6408 Performance Enhancement (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 5404 Sport Psychology. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK6408 include examining how psychological factors and psychological skills training programs can be leveraged to enhance performance from the perspectives of youth sport, expertise development, practice structure, diversity, leadership, teams, athlete burnout, athlete coping, and athlete transition.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

Fundamentals in Conditioning

APK 6176 Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course teaches the principles of designing training programs that improve muscular strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, balance, stability, and hypertrophy. These principles are applied to typical athletic populations, tactical athletic populations, and special athletic populations.

PET 5936 Tactical Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course examines fundamental concepts in bioenergetics, biomechanics, cardiopulmonary responses, and skeletal muscle function and adaptation as they relate to the training, physical conditioning, and physical fitness of tactical personnel. Students will learn evidence-based program design and the practical skills necessary for success in fire and rescue, law enforcement, and military careers. Topics include testing and evaluating, nutrition, psychology, and relevant training modalities related to tactical populations. Content will prepare students to sit for the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator certification.

Fundamentals in Sport Nutrition

APK 6167 Nutrition Aspects of Human Performance (3 credits)

This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of nutrition as it relates to general physical activity and sport. It emphasises bioenergetic systems, nutrient components, nutritional and body-composition assessments, ergogenic aids, and diet modifications for physically active individuals and athletes. Specific focus will be on understanding how nutritional choices can affect exercise performance, as well as how one can effectively train and structure their diet to improve body composition and performance.

PET 5936 Ergogenic Aids (3 credits)

Ergogenic aids are defined as substances, nutritional supplements, or practices that are designed to increase athletic performance. Some ergogenic aids are allowed in competition and others are banned and may even be illegal. Topics covered include a review of relevant physiology to define the goals of ergogenic aids, discussion of data showing which ergogenic aids have been proven to be effective and which have not, and methods for athletic drug testing.

Fundamentals in Research

HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)

The course helps students to develop skills in reading, designing, performing, and presenting research effectively. This course is designed primarily for beginning graduate students working on an M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.

Program Electives (12 credits)

APK 6900 Independent Study (1–3 credits)

Individual research projects under faculty guidance.

PET 6947 Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (3–9 credits)

On-site, full-time practical experience in the field. Dozens of approved sites are available across the country and new sites can be added via an approval process.

Prerequisites are (1) completion of two terms of course work applicable to specialization, (2) permission of adviser, (3) written application, and (4) site approval.

SPM 5181 Athlete Development (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview and study of the main skills utilized by athlete development specialists including how to manage the intersection of elite athletes and sport media, athlete career transitions, and the fundamentals of athlete personal finance.

SPM 6726 Sport Law (3 credits)

This course looks at the legal effects of regulating and managing amateur and professional sports and wellness programs. Topics include injury liability, risk management, constitutional rights of athletes, and contract negotiation.

SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3 credits)

This course is taught in a seminar-style manner, with student-led presentations and discussions. Through the reading of journal articles and book chapters, as well as review of current events, students will use sociological concepts, theories, and research to critically examine social issues in sport. These issues include, but are not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, discrimination, homophobia, violence, the media, and the influence of sport on youth culture, family life, and the economy. This course relies heavily on student interaction and participation.

SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3 credits)

With the massive growth of revenues within the sports industry over the past 25 years, competent managers within the sport industry must have a sound understanding of finance topics—loosely defined as the management of money—and how to use them in their everyday managing duties. This class will equip aspiring sport managers with the skills to enhance their financial decision-making in a management role, and show them how to apply concepts to the continually evolving landscape of the sports industry.

Athlete Development Specialization

Students choose at least one course from each core topic area and must complete the specific set of electives outlined below.


Core Courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals in Exercise Physiology

APK 6116 Physiological Bases of Exercise & Sport Sciences (3 credits)

This is an introductory exercise physiology course aimed at graduate students who possess an undergraduate-level understanding of human exercise physiology. This course is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge of the acute and chronic responses to exercise. The overriding concept of the class is how exercise challenges the body’s normal “homeostasis,” and we will use this to illuminate the ways we function (or don’t!). Particular attention will be given to understanding the mechanisms of how these responses occur. In addition to textbook material, the course will use primary literature to understand the basis of physiological concepts and to explore emerging concepts. Students will be expected to be active participants through class discussions and presentations.

ATR 6145 Human Pathophysiology for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)

This is an in-depth study of the current concepts and theories related to macrotraumatic and microtraumatic injuries. It looks at factors that affect inflammation and healing, and it considers the role of exercise and rehabilitation in managing injuries and illnesses.

Fundamentals in Movement

APK 6226C Biomechanics of Human Motion (3 credits)

This course applies the principles of kinematics and kinetics to the human body during movement, with an emphasis on how these principles affect injury prevention and performance enhancement. It connects statics, kinematics, and kinetics with the kinesiological systems that control our movement and our athletic skills.

PET 5936 Corrective Exercise Training (3 credits)

This course examines the fundamental concepts of human movement and the effects of movement impairments on musculoskeletal injury risk. It includes evidence-based program design recommendations and the practical skills necessary to successfully identify and correct movement impairments in an active population. Topics include assessing human movement dysfunction, the corrective exercise continuum, and corrective exercise strategies. Content will prepare students to sit for the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.

Fundamentals in Biobehavioral Aspects

APK 5404 Sport Psychology (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 6408 Performance Enhancement. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK5404 include how motivation, emotion, attention, performance attributions, confidence, and psychological consequences of injury influence performance; and how psychological-skills training programs that develop skills in goal setting, emotion regulation, attentional focus, attributions, self efficacy, self talk, and mental imagery influence performance.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

APK 6408 Performance Enhancement (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 5404 Sport Psychology. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK6408 include examining how psychological factors and psychological skills training programs can be leveraged to enhance performance from the perspectives of youth sport, expertise development, practice structure, diversity, leadership, teams, athlete burnout, athlete coping, and athlete transition.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

Fundamentals in Conditioning

APK 6176 Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course teaches the principles of designing training programs that improve muscular strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, balance, stability, and hypertrophy. These principles are applied to typical athletic populations, tactical athletic populations, and special athletic populations.

PET 5936 Tactical Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course examines fundamental concepts in bioenergetics, biomechanics, cardiopulmonary responses, and skeletal muscle function and adaptation as they relate to the training, physical conditioning, and physical fitness of tactical personnel. Students will learn evidence-based program design and the practical skills necessary for success in fire and rescue, law enforcement, and military careers. Topics include testing and evaluating, nutrition, psychology, and relevant training modalities related to tactical populations. Content will prepare students to sit for the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator certification.

Fundamentals in Sport Nutrition

APK 6167 Nutrition Aspects of Human Performance (3 credits)

This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of nutrition as it relates to general physical activity and sport. It emphasises bioenergetic systems, nutrient components, nutritional and body-composition assessments, ergogenic aids, and diet modifications for physically active individuals and athletes. Specific focus will be on understanding how nutritional choices can affect exercise performance, as well as how one can effectively train and structure their diet to improve body composition and performance.

PET 5936 Ergogenic Aids (3 credits)

Ergogenic aids are defined as substances, nutritional supplements, or practices that are designed to increase athletic performance. Some ergogenic aids are allowed in competition and others are banned and may even be illegal. Topics covered include a review of relevant physiology to define the goals of ergogenic aids, discussion of data showing which ergogenic aids have been proven to be effective and which have not, and methods for athletic drug testing.

Fundamentals in Research

HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)

The course helps students to develop skills in reading, designing, performing, and presenting research effectively. This course is designed primarily for beginning graduate students working on an M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.

Program Electives (12 credits)

SPM 5181 Athlete Development (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview and study of the main skills utilized by athlete development specialists including how to manage the intersection of elite athletes and sport media, athlete career transitions, and the fundamentals of athlete personal finance.

SPM 6726 Sport Law (3 credits)

This course looks at the legal effects of regulating and managing amateur and professional sports and wellness programs. Topics include injury liability, risk management, constitutional rights of athletes, and contract negotiation.

SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3 credits)

This course is taught in a seminar-style manner, with student-led presentations and discussions. Through the reading of journal articles and book chapters, as well as review of current events, students will use sociological concepts, theories, and research to critically examine social issues in sport. These issues include, but are not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, discrimination, homophobia, violence, the media, and the influence of sport on youth culture, family life, and the economy. This course relies heavily on student interaction and participation.

SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3 credits)

With the massive growth of revenues within the sports industry over the past 25 years, competent managers within the sport industry must have a sound understanding of finance topics—loosely defined as the management of money—and how to use them in their everyday managing duties. This class will equip aspiring sport managers with the skills to enhance their financial decision-making in a management role, and show them how to apply concepts to the continually evolving landscape of the sports industry.

Integrative Strength & Conditioning Science Specialization

Students complete a specific set of core courses and electives. One elective, Tactical Strength & Conditioning, is a requirement.


Core Courses (18 credits)

Fundamentals in Exercise Physiology

Choose one course.

APK 6116 Physiological Bases of Exercise & Sport Sciences (3 credits)

This is an introductory exercise physiology course aimed at graduate students who possess an undergraduate-level understanding of human exercise physiology. This course is designed to give students a fundamental knowledge of the acute and chronic responses to exercise. The overriding concept of the class is how exercise challenges the body’s normal “homeostasis,” and we will use this to illuminate the ways we function (or don’t!). Particular attention will be given to understanding the mechanisms of how these responses occur. In addition to textbook material, the course will use primary literature to understand the basis of physiological concepts and to explore emerging concepts. Students will be expected to be active participants through class discussions and presentations.

ATR 6145 Human Pathophysiology for the Exercise Sciences (3 credits)

This is an in-depth study of the current concepts and theories related to macrotraumatic and microtraumatic injuries. It looks at factors that affect inflammation and healing, and it considers the role of exercise and rehabilitation in managing injuries and illnesses.

Fundamentals in Biobehavioral Aspects

Choose one course.

APK 5404 Sport Psychology (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 6408 Performance Enhancement. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK5404 include how motivation, emotion, attention, performance attributions, confidence, and psychological consequences of injury influence performance; and how psychological-skills training programs that develop skills in goal setting, emotion regulation, attentional focus, attributions, self efficacy, self talk, and mental imagery influence performance.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

APK 6408 Performance Enhancement (3 credits)

This course is part of a two-course series in tandem with APK 5404 Sport Psychology. The courses collectively examine the cognitive, social, behavioral, and neurophysiological factors that influence performance in sport and other motor performance endeavors. Specific topics covered in APK6408 include examining how psychological factors and psychological skills training programs can be leveraged to enhance performance from the perspectives of youth sport, expertise development, practice structure, diversity, leadership, teams, athlete burnout, athlete coping, and athlete transition.

The field of sport psychology actively promotes the scientist-practitioner model. Utilization of the scientist-practitioner model involves the ability to consume and appropriately apply contemporary theory and scientific findings to the practice of applied sport psychology. Accordingly, this course will explore how science and theory inform practical application of psychological skills interventions.

Fundamentals in Movement

PET 5936 Corrective Exercise Training (3 credits)

This course examines the fundamental concepts of human movement and the effects of movement impairments on musculoskeletal injury risk. It includes evidence-based program design recommendations and the practical skills necessary to successfully identify and correct movement impairments in an active population. Topics include assessing human movement dysfunction, the corrective exercise continuum, and corrective exercise strategies. Content will prepare students to sit for the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification.

Fundamentals in Conditioning

APK 6176 Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course teaches the principles of designing training programs that improve muscular strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, balance, stability, and hypertrophy. These principles are applied to typical athletic populations, tactical athletic populations, and special athletic populations.

Fundamentals in Sport Nutrition

APK 6167 Nutrition Aspects of Human Performance (3 credits)

This is an introductory course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of nutrition as it relates to general physical activity and sport. It emphasises bioenergetic systems, nutrient components, nutritional and body-composition assessments, ergogenic aids, and diet modifications for physically active individuals and athletes. Specific focus will be on understanding how nutritional choices can affect exercise performance, as well as how one can effectively train and structure their diet to improve body composition and performance.

Fundamentals in Research

HLP 6535 Research Methods (3 credits)

The course helps students to develop skills in reading, designing, performing, and presenting research effectively. This course is designed primarily for beginning graduate students working on an M.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.

Program Electives (12 credits)

PET 5936 Tactical Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)

This course examines fundamental concepts in bioenergetics, biomechanics, cardiopulmonary responses, and skeletal muscle function and adaptation as they relate to the training, physical conditioning, and physical fitness of tactical personnel. Students will learn evidence-based program design and the practical skills necessary for success in fire and rescue, law enforcement, and military careers. Topics include testing and evaluating, nutrition, psychology, and relevant training modalities related to tactical populations. Content will prepare students to sit for the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator certification.

APK 6900 Independent Study (1–3 credits)

Individual research projects under faculty guidance.

PET 6947 Graduate Internship in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (3–9 credits)

On-site, full-time practical experience in the field. Dozens of approved sites are available across the country and new sites can be added via an approval process.

Prerequisites are (1) completion of two terms of course work applicable to specialization, (2) permission of adviser, (3) written application, and (4) site approval.

SPM 5181 Athlete Development (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview and study of the main skills utilized by athlete development specialists including how to manage the intersection of elite athletes and sport media, athlete career transitions, and the fundamentals of athlete personal finance.

SPM 6726 Sport Law (3 credits)

This course looks at the legal effects of regulating and managing amateur and professional sports and wellness programs. Topics include injury liability, risk management, constitutional rights of athletes, and contract negotiation.

SPM 5016 Sport Sociology (3 credits)

This course is taught in a seminar-style manner, with student-led presentations and discussions. Through the reading of journal articles and book chapters, as well as review of current events, students will use sociological concepts, theories, and research to critically examine social issues in sport. These issues include, but are not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, discrimination, homophobia, violence, the media, and the influence of sport on youth culture, family life, and the economy. This course relies heavily on student interaction and participation.

SPM 5506 Sport Finance (3 credits)

With the massive growth of revenues within the sports industry over the past 25 years, competent managers within the sport industry must have a sound understanding of finance topics—loosely defined as the management of money—and how to use them in their everyday managing duties. This class will equip aspiring sport managers with the skills to enhance their financial decision-making in a management role, and show them how to apply concepts to the continually evolving landscape of the sports industry.

*Required elective course for the Integrative Strength & Conditioning Science specialization.


Optional Experiential Learning

The APK’s human performance concentration is all about interacting with people in motion. So it’s important that our students have the chance to put what they are learning into practice.

Distance-learning students can take advantage of opportunities in their own cities and earn credit for real-world work that benefits their professional plans.

Independent Study

Students identify a real-world problem they would like to solve that relates to their career goals and that utilizes the knowledge and skills they have acquired within the online APK master’s program. Independent study requires searching for, collecting, and applying scientific findings to solve the problem. The project culminates with a final report. Students will work with a supervising faculty member throughout the course of the independent study.

Graduate Internship

Students can intern at a site where they can directly use the skills they have developed in the online APK master’s program. Students can choose from a list of pre-approved sites from across the country or submit a new site for approval through a short process. The Department approves sites prior to the beginning of the semester. Some of the many internship sites include:


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