Health and Human Performance

Tara Tietjen-Smith (Interim Department Head)
Location: Field House, 903-886-5549
Health and Human Performance Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/departments/healthHumanPerformance/default.aspx

Dr. Tara Tietjen-Smith, Interim Department Head
Sarah Mitchell, Interim Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Graduate programs offered in the Department of Health and Human Performance are designed to provide students with specialized training to enhance current job opportunities as well as prepare students for positions with public and private agencies in the areas of health and human performance. These graduate degree programs are designed to provide graduate students with:

  1. Knowledge and skills necessary to organize and administer programs of health and human performance;
  2. The ability to interpret, analyze, critique, and produce research within health and human performance that is current and relevant to communities of learners in our academic, professional, and global environments;
  3. Knowledge related to the current challenges and trends underlying programs of health and human performance;
  4. Tools to excel as a leader in the fields of health, kinesiology, and sport in a dynamic and digital society; and
  5. Applied knowledge and real world experience in diverse community and global settings.

Programs of Graduate Work

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers the following graduate degree: Master of Science (M.S.) in Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Studies with four different concentrations:  Athletic Administration, Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Physical Education Pedagogy. For each of these concentrations, a minimum of 18 to 24 hours must be completed in the major field. The Department also offers a cognate in Human Performance for students in the doctoral (Ed.D.) program in Higher Education.

Admission

Admission to a graduate program is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department.  Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her successful completion of an undergraduate degree in health, kinesiology, human performance or a closely related field.  The applicant will also be evaluated on undergraduate or graduate GPA, two recommendation forms or letters of reference from sources acquainted with the applicants academic capabilities (one preferably from a former professor), personal statement of goals and background, and GRE scores (verbal and quantitative). Applicant must have one of the following: A) Undergraduate major or minor in Health, Kinesiology, & Sports Studies (or related area) or B) Minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in prerequisite courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 (with labs) and Nutrition.  With the consensus of departmental graduate faculty, deficient students may be granted probationary status. Deficiencies must be removed by the completion of foundation courses specific to the selected graduate program by the end of the second semester of enrollment.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete a departmental advisement guide before attaining 12 semester hours of graduate credit.  To complete the advisement guide, the student must consult with the department's Coordinator of Graduate Studies.  Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 on all graduate courses taken in the Department of Health and Human Performance.  In addition, all students must have a passing score on the departmental comprehensive exams.  In order to take the comprehensive exam, a departmental advisement guide must be on file; and all courses must be completed, or the student must be enrolled in final semester of courses.

Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who in the judgment of the departmental graduate committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field.

HHPH 510 - CURR CONSTRUCTION IN H/PE
Hours: 3
Curriculum Construction in Health and Kinesiology. Three semester hours (Same as HHPK 510). A study of trends and current practices in curriculum construction and revision in programs of health and kinesiology in secondary and collegiate settings. The total program, as well as grade placement and units of instruction is studied. Provision is made for the inclusion of knowledge and skills necessary for educating exceptional learners.

HHPH 512 - Critic Issue in Envrmtal Hlth
Hours: 3
Critical Issues in Environmental Health. Three semester hours. An introduction to key environmental health issues and challenges in resource limited settings which are characteristic of many developing nations. Examines principles and methods, risk factors, prevention and control, and policies related to the aspects of human health determined by biological, physical, and chemical factors in the environment

HHPH 514 - Global Perspective of Nutrition
Hours: 3
This course examines malnutrition and how it occurs by analyzing several situations from around the world. Covers how nutrition can affect society and community and examines benefits of well-nourished populations. Analyzes major food and nutritional issues that affect health, survival, and human development in resource-limited settings.

HHPH 518 - THESIS
Hours: 3-6
Thesis. Six semester hours. (Same as HHPK 518).

HHPH 529 - WORKSHOP
Hours: 3-6
Workshop. Three or six semester hours. (Same as HHPK 529). A workshop in kinesiology, health education, recreation or sports studies.

HHPH 531 - NUTRITION & OPITMAL PERF
Hours: 3
Nutrition and Optimal Performance. Three semester hours. A study of nutrition as it relates to optimum performance and health. Nutrient need, sources, functions and interactions are reviewed according to the latest scientific findings. Principles of body conditioning are emphasized with attention to diet and lifestyle practices that promote health and decrease risks of nutrition related diseases.

HHPH 537 - Intership Health Prom
Hours: 3
Supervised Internship as selected community, public or private health agencies.

HHPH 544 - Health Prom Adm and Mgmt
Hours: 3
Health Prom Adm and Mgmt. A consideration of managing health/fitness programs at the workplace and in other agencies. Includes budgeting, revenue, personnel, emergency procedures and safety, legal liability, facility management staff development, marketing record keeping, policies and procedures, and various management strategies.

HHPH 547 - GLB/Health Psychology
Hours: 3
An examination of the contributions of psychological research performed to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. The biopsychosocial model of health and illness will be emphasized. Social, emotional, behavioral, biological, and spiritual factors that influence health in a global environment will be explored.

HHPH 550 - Health Prom w/Spec Popula
Hours: 3
Identify study of health care issues relevant to at-risk populations/communities and to facilitate health promotion/disease prevention activities.

HHPH 585 - Prog Design in Health Prom
Hours: 3
A study of necessary skills for the development, delivery, and evaluation of health programs to targeted populations. Courses of study, workshop planning, and special programs will be developed for appropriate target group.

HHPH 587 - ID & UTIL HEALTH RES
Hours: 3
Identification and Utilization of Health Resources. Three semester hours. A study of private practitioners, commercial, voluntary, and government agencies at the local, state, and national levels which provide health services. Emphasis placed upon the utilization of these resources in the health instruction and health service programs.

HHPH 589 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

HHPH 590 - H & PE: TCH DESIGN/STRATG/ASSM
Hours: 3
Health and Kinesiology: Teaching Design, Strategies, and Assessment. Three semester hours (Same as HHPK 590). A comparison, and contrast of various teaching strategies and designs appropriate for the health and kinesiology teaching environment. Additional study will include pedagogical assessment techniques for health and kinesiology.

HHPH 591 - Seminar
Hours: 1-3
Reports and discussions of topics of current interest in health and human performance.

HHPH 595 - CRITIQUING & CONDUCTING RESEAR
Hours: 3
Critiquing & Conducting Research. Three semester hours (Same as HHPK 595). A study of research methods and designs appropriate for proposing, conducting, reading, reporting, and critiquing research in health, kinesiology and sports studies. A major emphasis will be on conducting meta-analysis of research literature. Each student is required to demonstrate systematic research techniques through the investigation and formal reporting of an independent research project using either a meta-analysis, descriptive, or experimental research design.

HHPH 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 4
Special Topics

HHPH 660 - GLB/GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Hours: 3
A focuses on current health issues facing the world community. An epidemiological approach will be used in studying the causes and distribution of health related states and events in specified populations and the application of this information to the prevention and/or control of health problems.

HHPH 718 - DISSERTATION
Hours: 3-12

HHPK 510 - CURR CONSTRUCTION H/KINE
Hours: 3
Curriculum Construction in Health and Kinesiology. Three semester hours (Same as HHPH 510). A study of trends and current practices in curriculum construction and revision in programs of health and kinesiology in secondary and collegiate settings. The total program, as well as grade placement and units of instruction, is studied. Provision is made for the inclusion of knowledge and skills necessary for educating exceptional learners.

HHPK 516 - Current Topics in Health & Human Performance
Hours: 3
A study of current problems and trends in health and physical education. Local, regional, state, national, and global issues will be included in this course.

HHPK 517 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Human Performance
Hours: 3
An in-depth study of the fundamentals of interdisciplinary physical education programs with a focus on teaching models that guide in collaboration and integration of physical education content in other subject areas, organizing content, and creating meaningful activities that impact student learning.

HHPK 518 - THESIS
Hours: 3-6
Thesis. Six semester hours.

HHPK 519 - RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Hours: 3
Research Methods in Human Performance. Three semester hours. (Same as HHPH 595) A study of research methods and designs appropriate for proposing, conducting, reading, reporting and critiquing research in health, kinesiology, and sports studies. A major emphasis will be on conducting meta-analysis of research literature. Each student is required to demonstrate systematic research techniques through the investigation and formal reporting of an independent research project using meta-analysis, descriptive or experimental research design.

HHPK 522 - Teaching Health Related Fitness for K-12
Hours: 3
This course focuses on how to implement a lifetime, health-related physical fitness program in school and community settings. Students will improve their knowledge of fitness concepts, design learning activities, review the research on physical activity, and develop strategies to teach lifetime fitness to children and adolescents.

HHPK 523 - Teaching Games Content for K-12
Hours: 3
The purpose of the course is to learn to design appropriate experiences to assist children and adolescents in becoming skillful game players. The course will specifically focus on two games curriculum models: the Sport Education Model and the Tactical Games Approach. Games in the four primary areas of invasion, target, fielding, and net & wall games will be emphasized.

HHPK 529 - WORKSHOP
Hours: 3-6
Workshop. Three or six semester hours. (Same as HHPH 529). A workshop in kinesiology, health education, recreation, or sports studies.

HHPK 530 - SPORTS CONDITIONING
Hours: 3
Sports Conditioning. Three semester hours. A study of the scientific basis of conditioning athletes. Focus will be on cardiovascular and resistance conditioning in the off-season, pre-season, and in-season. An introduction and utilization of appropriate equipment for cardiovascular conditioning and resistance training will be examined.

HHPK 532 - CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY
Hours: 3
A study of normal physiological mechanisms during rest and during physical work and exercise. The focus of this course is on the mechanisms that affect the heart.

HHPK 533 - Stress Testing & Electrocardio
Hours: 3
Theoretical and practical experiences will be examined to assist in analysis and recognition of normal and abnormal electrocardiography at rest and exercise (ECG). Students will learn how to understanding and interpret ECG tracings, exercise prescription, and understand the mechanisms of cardiac activation in health and exercise.

HHPK 534 - Exercise in Health and Disease
Hours: 3
Exercise in Health and Disease. Three semester hours. The analysis of mechanisms responsible for reduction of functional capacity as result of biological aging and/or loss of health. Use of preventive exercise program to diminish reduction and/or deterioration of physiological mechanisms as a function of age, health and disease. Prerequisite: HHPK 532 and 535

HHPK 536 - ADAPTED KINESIOLOGY
Hours: 3
Adapted Kinesiology. Three semester hours. Principles of adapting physical activities to individual needs. Instructional strategies, screening and testing procedures, and modification of equipment will be emphasized. Patterns of organization and administration of programs will also be addressed.

HHPK 537 - Intnshp in Human Performance
Hours: 3
Internship in Human Performance - Three semester hours. Practical experience in a health and/or human performance worksite with instructor approval.

HHPK 538 - EXERCISE METABOLISM
Hours: 3
An investigation of metabolic processes, metabolic responses to exercise, regulatory mechanisms, sources, role, and regulation of carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism and potential metabolic bases of central and peripheral fatigue. Prerequisite: HHPK 532 and 535.

HHPK 540 - SUPERVISION IN H/KINE
Hours: 3
Supervision in Health and Kinesiology. Three semester hours. (Same as HIED 540). A study of philosophy, history, principles, organization, and techniques of supervision and their application to the supervision of health and kinesiology.

HHPK 545 - Advanced Exercise Physiology
Hours: 3
Application of basic physiological concepts to the programs of kinesiology, emphasis upon the physiological effects and adjustments occurring from participation in physical activity. Major factors in conditioning, fatigue, diet, and physical fitness are considered.

HHPK 546 - ETHICS, GOVERN, & LEGAL IN SPO
Hours: 3
Ethics, Governance, and Legalities in Sports. Three semester hours. A study focusing on ethical problems in the contemporary sport industry and the theoretical models available for analyzing these problems. Various governing agencies, primarily the UIL and NCAA, in sport will also be studied emphasizing investigation of the legal ramifications, organizational structure, authority, membership, and influence of these sport governing bodies. Legal aspects of teaching, coaching, and administering athletic programs in secondary and post-secondary education and community settings will also be included.

HHPK 547 - ECO/MKT/PUB RELATIONS IN SPORT
Hours: 3
Economics, Marketing and Public Relations in Sports. Three semester hours. A study of revenue sources available to sport organizations such as tax support, municipal and corporate bonds, ticket sales, concessions, fund raising, sponsorship, licensing and PSL's. Further study will include sport-marketing plans utilizing the concepts of product, price, promotion, sales and advertising. The course will further examine aspects of external and internal communication in sport pertaining to community, customer, employee and media relations.

HHPK 560 - MOTOR DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Hours: 3
Motor Development Issues. Three semester hours. Study of the influences of heredity and environment upon motor skill development. Theories of motor learning and motor control will be explored as they affect motor skill acquisition, retention, and transfer of motor skills. Techniques for appraising motor development are also studied.

HHPK 570 - Psy of Motor Learning
Hours: 3
Psychology of Motor Learning. Three semester hours. An investigation of psychological principles involved in motor performance. Particular attention will be given to the application of these principles in teaching game and sport skills and in the coaching of athletics.

HHPK 572 - Reflective Teaching
Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to explore the implementation of a reflective cycle in which goals, assessments, and new directions are identified. Through reading and discussing relevant research literature students will be introduced to several reflective teaching models and will practice the use of multiple reflective strategies, including observational learning, reflective teaching, reflective journals, case studies, mental models, and action research. Specific focus will be placed on the process for gaining national board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

HHPK 589 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

HHPK 590 - H & KINE: TCH DSGN/STRAT/ASSMT
Hours: 3
Health and Kinesiology: Teaching Design, Strategies, and Assessment. Three semester hours (Same as HHPH 590). A analysis, comparison, and contrast of various teaching strategies and designs appropriate for the health and kinesiology teaching environment. Additional study will include pedagogical assessment techniques for health and kinesiology.

HHPK 591 - Seminar
Hours: 1-3
Reports and discussions of topics of current interest in health and human performance.

HHPK 593 - BIOMECHANICS
Hours: 3
Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills. Three semester hours. A study of the basic mechanical principles and physical laws which govern human movement. Intensive study will be devoted to analysis of fundamental motor skills and to the use of these skills in dance and sports activities.

HHPK 595 - CRITIQUING & CONDUCTING RESEAR
Hours: 3
Critiquing and Conducting Research. Three semester hours. (Same as HHPH 595) A study of research methods and designs appropriate for proposing, conducting, reading, reporting and critiquing research in health, kinesiology, and sports studies. A major emphasis will be on conducting meta-analysis of research literature. Each student is required to demonstrate systematic research techniques through the investigation and formal reporting of an independent research project using meta-analysis, descriptive or experimental research design.

HHPK 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 4
Special Topic

HHPK 617 - Stat Proc Hlth/Hum Perf
Hours: 3
Statistical Procedures for Health and Human Performance. Three semester hours. An introductory study of statistical methods and their implications for education and research. Populations and samples; organizing, displaying, and summarizing data; probability; normal distribution; tests of significance; correlation and simple regression; Z and T tests; and the chi square test will be the focus of this course. Appropriate computer applications will be integrated into the course. Meets requirements for a Level II research tool course.

HHPK 664 - FITNESS TEST EXERCISE PERSCP
Hours: 3
Health-Related Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescriptions. Three semester hours. A study of field-based fitness testing and exercise prescriptions. The course will focus on the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for fitness testing and exercise prescriptions. The health-related fitness parameters of cardio respiratory endurance, joint flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance and body composition will be studied in the course. Students will be given opportunity to participate in both classroom and laboratory experiences related to health-related physical fitness.

HHPK 718 - DISSERTATION
Hours: 3-12

HHPS 520 - Governance and Ethics in Sport
Hours: 3
A study of ethical problems in the contemporary sport industry and the theoretical models available for analyzing these problems. Various governing agencies in sport, including those at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels will be studied, emphasizing investigation of the organizational structure, authority, membership and influence of these sport governing bodies.

HHPS 521 - Fin & Econ in Sport
Hours: 3
The study of financial theories and practical application as they impact sport revenues and expenditures; familiarization with current issues and trends in financing sport organizations.

HHPS 525 - Mktng and Pub Relat in Sports
Hours: 3
Mktng and Pub Relat in Sports. An investigation of revenue source available to sport organizations and sport-marketing plans utilizing the concepts of product, price, promotion, sales and advertising. The course will further examine aspects of external and internal communication in sport pertaining to community, customer, employee and media relations.

HHPS 528 - Sport Psychology
Hours: 3
Sport Psychology - Three semester hours A study of the relationship of psychology to sport: topics include history of sport psychology, application of learning principles, social psychology, personality variables, psychological assessment, youth sport, women in sport, the psychology of coaching, and performance enhancement.

HHPS 535 - Soc of Sport & Phys Activity
Hours: 3
Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity - Three semester hours A study of the social institution of sport and physical activity and consequences for American society, including social organization from play to professional sport; violence, discrimination, and special populations; and socialization implications from participation in sports and physical activity.

HHPS 537 - Internship in Sport Studies
Hours: 3
Internship in Sport Studies. Supervised internship with corporate fitness centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, recreation centers and similar agencies and organizations.

HHPS 539 - Sport Law
Hours: 3
Sport Law. A study of the legal aspects of the professional sports industry, including the ways in which contract, labor, tort and antitrust law influence, impact and direct the development of relationships between leagues, athletes, agents, television, internet, advertisers and fans. There will also be a critical analysis of law as it impacts sport in educational institutions and communities.

HHPS 541 - OUTDOOR ED TCHRS
Hours: 3
Outdoor Education for Teachers in Secondary Schools. Three semester hours. A study of the organization for school camping and outdoor education. Topics include water safety, scouting, gunmanship, crafts, campfire activities, and other camp recreational activities.

HHPS 564 - Fac/Equip in Kine & Sport
Hours: 3
Fac/Equip in Kine & Sport. A study of acquisition, planning, and construction of physical education and sport facilities. Additionally, studies will be made of appropriate selection and use of physical education and sport equipment.

HHPS 584 - Administration in Sport and Recreation Programs
Hours: 3
This course is an overview of the nature and scope of administrative issues in the sport industry and recreational agencies and will expand the studens' understanding of management theories and their application to sport and recreatin administration.

HHPS 589 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
Hours: 1-4
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.

HHPS 594 - Ldshp in Sport and Recreation
Hours: 3
A study of the leadership theories and practices i recreational, collegiate, and professional sport and in recreational programs for youth organizations, institutions, industry, and public agencies.

HHPS 597 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics

Health and Human Performance

Vipa Bernhardt
Assistant Professor
B.A., B.S., Ph.D., University of Florida

Betty Block
Professor and Head
B.S., M.S., Ed.D., Texas AM University-Commerce.

Quynh Dao Dang
Associate Professor Professional Track
B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.S., Texas AM University; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University.

Sandy Kimbrough
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Texas AM University.
Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty Member.

Samantha Roberts
Assistant Professor
B.A., M.A., University of Wolverhampton; Ph.D. Coventry University

Anthony Rosselli
Assistant Professor
A.S., Blinn College; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University College Station

Tara Tietjen-Smith
Professor and Department Head
B.S.; M.Ed.; Northwestern State University (Louisiana); D.A., Middle Tennessee State University.