Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition

Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition offers the Master of Science degree in Health and Kinesiology and the Master of Dietetics Studies.

Master of Science Degree in Health and Kinesiology

The Master of Science degree in Health and Kinesiology is designed for students seeking advanced skills and professional development in Health and Kinesiology. The program is also designed for students who wish to pursue a research career in Health and Kinesiology or to continue their studies at other universities at the doctoral level.

There are three specializations (Health, Exercise Science, and Sport Pedagogy) each with a thesis (33 credit hours) or non-thesis (36 credit hours) option.

  • The Health Specialization provides advanced training in public health education and community health promotion.
  • The Exercise Science Specialization provides advanced training to students who are interested in kinesiology-related research, and careers in therapeutic professions and wellness/fitness.
  • The Sport Pedagogy Specialization prepares future leaders in physical education and coaching.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  2. Acceptance to the M.S. program is contingent on having a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework for the baccalaureate degree, as well as in all graduate-level work taken.
  3. Applicants without adequate preparation in education may be required to complete preparatory courses as a condition of admission. Individuals who do not meet the University-wide graduate admission grade point average standard may be required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for consideration in admission decisions.
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
  5. Applicants whose undergraduate major was not in Kinesiology or Health may be required to take 6 semester credit hours of undergraduate leveling courses.
  6. Applicants are required to submit two professional references to the Graduate Committee.
  7. A professional résumé and Statement of Purpose are required of all applicants. The Statement of Purpose cannot be longer than one single-spaced, typed page and must list the interest of specialization.
  8. Students who are admitted with leveling courses must take the following undergraduate courses: HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior Theories of Health Behavior (Health Specialization) or KIN 2303 Foundations of Kinesiology Cultural and Scientific Foundations (Exercise Science and Sport Pedagogy Specializations), and one additional course at the discretion of the student’s faculty advisor.

Degree Requirements

Non-thesis option: Minimum 36 semester credit hours, including: 6 hours of core courses, 12 required specialization hours, 9 prescribed KAH elective hours, and 9 free elective hours.

Thesis option: Minimum 33 semester credit hours, including: 6 hours of core courses, 12 required specialization hours, 9 prescribed KAH elective hours, and 6 thesis hours.

A. Core Courses. 6 semester credit hours required:
KAH 5093Statistics and Research in Health and Kinesiology3
KAH 5123Research in Health and Kinesiology3
B. Specialization Courses. Select one of the following specializations:12
Health Specialization:
Health Behaviors
Essential Concepts in Health Promotion
Epidemiology
Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Exercise Science Specialization:
Principles of Exercise Physiology
Biomechanics
Cardiovascular Fitness
Psychological Perspectives of Motor Learning and Control
Sport Pedagogy Specialization:
Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
Learning and Teaching Styles in Physical Education
Sport Psychology
Motor Development
C. Prescribed KAH Electives. Select 9 semester credit hours of the following courses:9
Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
Principles of Exercise Physiology
Health Behaviors
Essential Concepts in Health Promotion
Epidemiology
Biomechanics
Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education
Learning and Teaching Styles in Physical Education
Community Health
Cardiovascular Fitness
Exercise Psychology
Sport Psychology
Applied Sport Psychology
Nutrition in Health and Disease
Obesity and Health
Psychological Perspectives of Motor Learning and Control
Motor Development
Independent Study
Comprehensive Examination
Special Problems
Master’s Thesis (for thesis option only)
D. Graduate Free Electives: 9 semester credit hours (nonthesis option); 6 semester credit hours of KAH 6983 Master’s Thesis (thesis option)9
E. Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Dietetics Studies

The Master of Dietetics Studies is an advanced professional degree which together with the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is known as the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD). Students who successfully complete the dual degree within the CPD receive a verification statement that certifies their eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetics Registration national examination to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The graduate level coursework and advanced practicum are designed to meet knowledge and competencies to practice as an entry-level practitioner in nutrition and dietetics. 

Students in the Master of Dietetics Studies (MDS) will be enrolled in a non-thesis option with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Students who have been admitted into the UTSA Coordinated Program in Dietetics as undergraduate students are guarantee acceptance into the Master of Dietetics Studies program if they have maintained a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their coursework.
  2. Students from other institutions will be considered for the Master of Dietetics Studies if openings are available in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The number of students in the program is determined by the number approved through the accreditation process and the number of placement available for the advanced practicum.  These applicants must meet all the requirements described below:         
    1. Applicants must have a verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or an equivalent baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
    2. Applicants whose undergraduate major is not in nutrition and dietetics must have taken all prerequisite courses described under the Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the undergraduate catalog.  In addition applicants must have completed all or equivalent undergraduate courses in dietetics and nutrition to meet core knowledge and competencies mandated by the accreditation.  All coursework must have been passed with a grade of "C" or better.
    3. Acceptance to the MDS program is contingent on having a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all the undergraduate coursework, as well as in any graduate-level courses previously taken.
    4. Foreign educated students must submit official transcripts as well as a course-by-course evaluation by an approved creden­tialing organization.
    5. Applicants whose native language is not English must have a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS.
    6. Applicants are required to submit a program application along with statement of interest and two faculty references (use standard program form) to the Admission Committee. 
    7. Personal interview with the admission committee.

Degree Requirements

Non-thesis option: Minimum of 30 semester credit hours including 28 hours of the core courses, and 2-3 hours of free electives.

A. Core Courses (28 semester credit hours):
NDT 5313Public Health Nutrition and Policy3
NDT 5323Nutrition Pathophysiology3
NDT 5333Nutritional Supplements and Functional Foods3
NDT 5343Integration of Metabolism3
NDT 5947Advanced Dietetics Practicum I7
NDT 5957Advanced Dietetics Practicum II7
NDT 5901Seminar in Dietetics1
NDT 5911Research Seminar1
Students must successfully pass a comprenshive examination under the capstone course NDT 5901 Seminar in Dietetics
B. Graduate Free Elective (2-3 semester credit hours): 12-3
Independent Study
Health Behaviors
Essential Concepts in Health Promotion
Obesity and Health
Exercise Nutrition
Total Credit Hours30-31
1

Other courses under KAH with the approval of the graduate advisor.

Kinesiology and Health (KAH) Courses

KAH 5003. Current Trends in Kinesiology and Health Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Students have the opportunity to examine current development in theories and practices of physical education. Recent research and literature are examined for causes and consequences of today’s issues, trends, and problems.

KAH 5043. Child and Adolescent Health Promotion. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073. Examines the multifaceted determinants of health for children and adolescents (environmental, behavioral, developmental, biological, and social) with special emphasis on the roles of the family, school, and community. Models and theories of health behavior, risk-taking, and challenges to healthcare delivery for these populations will be investigated.

KAH 5053. Principles of Exercise Physiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KIN 3433 or an equivalent. A survey of exercise physiology, examining muscular, metabolic and cardiorespiratory adaptations to acute and chronic exercise.

KAH 5063. Health Behaviors. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the determinants of human behavior as they relate to current health issues. Health behavior models and underlying rationales for prevention and intervention strategies will be examined. For teachers and counselors, as well as kinesiology and health professionals.

KAH 5073. Essential Concepts in Health Promotion. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of health promotion and to show how epidemiology, social and behavioral science theory, organization change, administration, and evaluation are related to the design and implementation of health education programs. This course serves as a foundation for other courses in health education and provides an overview of the field to the student from related areas. (Formerly titled “Health and Wellness/Health Promotion.”).

KAH 5083. Epidemiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073. The overall goal of this course is to increase the health professional’s ability to analyze problems and make decisions based on applications of epidemiologic concepts and methods in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on applications from studies in health promotion. Social, psychological, and biological determinants of disease will be examined. Epidemiologic tools to be presented include use of vital statistics and rates, descriptive studies, observational studies, and experimental studies.

KAH 5093. Statistics and Research in Health and Kinesiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of experimental designs and the statistical tools necessary for analyzing research data in the fields of Health and Kinesiology.

KAH 5103. Biomechanics. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KIN 3323 or an equivalent. A survey of principles and procedures related to mechanical analysis of human motion, with emphases on both kinematic and kinetic analysis.

KAH 5123. Research in Health and Kinesiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KAH 5093. Students have the opportunity to review various quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as conduct a review of the literature for a specific topic of interest. The final project will be a research proposal.

KAH 5133. Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: KAH 5063, KAH 5073, and KAH 5093. This course is designed for students interested in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion/education programs in school, community, healthcare, and worksite settings. Students enrolled in this course should have prior knowledge of health behavior theories and general foundations of health promotion. (Credit cannot be earned for both KAH 5133 and PSY 7213.).

KAH 5173. Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KIN 4113 or an equivalent. Overview of measurement theory, item analysis, reliability and validity studies, and factor analysis of tests.

KAH 5243. Learning and Teaching Styles in Physical Education. (3-3) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KAH 5003. Techniques for analyzing and enhancing the learning environment to promote and improve physical and sport performance.

KAH 5303. Community Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: KAH 5063 and KAH 5073. Study of community health problems, the function of public, private, and voluntary health agencies, and administration and supervision of health programs in the community, school, business, or industry setting.

KAH 5403. Cardiovascular Fitness. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KIN 3433, KIN 3443, or an equivalent, or a human physiology course. This course covers the physiology underlying the methods used for obtaining, maintaining, and rehabilitating the health of the cardiovascular system. Recent research findings in the areas of exercise and nutrition, related cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation, weight control, and blood lipids are emphasized.

KAH 6013. The Role of Sport in Society. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Examination of sport and physical activity, sport’s impact on society, and the affective roles sport takes as part of our social structure and the institution of education. (Formerly KAH 5013. Same as COU 6013. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6013, KAH 5013, or COU 6013.).

KAH 6023. Exercise Psychology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the theoretical models and research related to the determinates of exercise adoption and adherence. The relationship between exercise and mental health will be discussed. (Same as COU 6023. Credit cannot be earned for both KAH 6023 and COU 6023.).

KAH 6033. Sport Psychology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A study of cognition and behaviors related to the participation in sport. This course will have a theoretical focus and will include topics such as self-efficacy, performance enhancements, cohesion, arousal and anxiety. Contemporary research will be discussed. (Formerly KAH 5033. Same as COU 6033. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6033, KAH 5033, or COU 6033.).

KAH 6043. Applied Sport Psychology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KAH 6033. This course will provide a practical and comprehensive introduction to somatic, cognitive and behavioral interventions used in athletics to improve performance. Theoretical bases of psychological stress and performance will be explored and appropriate interventions discussed. Research findings related to athletics will be applied. (Same as COU 6043. Credit cannot be earned for both KAH 6043 and COU 6043.).

KAH 6053. Nutrition in Health and Disease. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of basic nutrients, nutritional needs at various stages of life, and therapeutic diets for selected disease states.

KAH 6063. Obesity and Health. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

The spread of obesity has touched virtually every aspect of daily life at every corner of the world and led to unforeseen health and economic burdens at every population level. This seminar will address issues related to the obesity epidemic and explore effective prevention strategies for child, adult, and high-risk populations.

KAH 6203. Psychological Perspectives of Motor Learning and Control. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Study of the individual processes of skill acquisition, including the involvement of transfer, timing, feedback, practice, and retention as well as the processes of central and peripheral mechanisms involved in implementing physical and perceptual skills. (Formerly KAH 5203. Same as COU 6203. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of the following: KAH 6203, KAH 5203, or COU 6203.).

KAH 6213. Motor Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: KIN 3103 or an equivalent. The study of motor, physical, and neuromuscular development across the human life span (from prenatal periods to old age); stages of development, motor system and development of specific movement patterns.

KAH 6223. Exercise Nutrition. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A scientific evidence-based study of the nutritional aspects of exercise performance and health-related fitness. This course will focus on nutrition-related support of various modes, training, and competition, as well as nutritionally-relevant diseases. Included in the course is an examination of macronutrients, water/hydration, ergogenic aids, and supplements.

KAH 6953. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

KAH 6961. Comprehensive Examination. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination. Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

KAH 6973. Special Problems. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

KAH 6983. Master’s Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and thesis director. Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

KAH 7893. Doctoral Research. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Doctoral student standing; consent of the instructor and of the Graduate Advisor of Record. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, this course consists of independent and original research skill building, preparation and writing of dissertation proposal. May be repeated for a maximum of 30 credit hours.

KAH 7991. Doctoral Dissertation. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and consent of student’s faculty advisor. This course consists of independent and original research skill building under the direction of a faculty advisor May be repeated for credit, but not more than 10 hours may be applied toward the Doctoral degree.

KAH 7993. Doctoral Dissertation. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and consent of student’s faculty advisor. Must be a Ph.D. candidate. Preparation, writing, and successful defense of Doctoral dissertation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 18 hours may be applied toward the Doctoral degree.

Nutrition and Dietetics (NDT) Courses

NDT 5313. Public Health Nutrition and Policy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Concepts in nutritional epidemiology and public policy; and community-based interventions, resources, and research.

NDT 5323. Nutrition Pathophysiology. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Human physiology and advanced nutrition. Concepts related to nutrigenomics, immunology, pharmacology, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-based balance, response to injury, complex diseases, and metabolic aberrations.

NDT 5333. Nutritional Supplements and Functional Foods. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Fundamentals of complementary and alternative medicines, nutritional supplement, ergogenics, herbs, and functional foods; and issues related to their use in health and physical performance.

NDT 5343. Integration of Metabolism. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: NDT 3413 or equivalent course. An in-depth study of the metabolism of nutrients, energy utilization at the cellular level, and role of coenzymes and cofactors.

NDT 5851. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Independent reading, research, discussion, project, and/or writing under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a master’s degree.

NDT 5852. Independent Study. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Independent reading, research, discussion, project, and/or writing under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a master’s degree.

NDT 5853. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Independent reading, research, discussion, project, and/or writing under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a master’s degree.

NDT 5901. Seminar in Dietetics. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in NDT 5957; must be in good academic standing. Capstone course. An in-depth analysis of mastery of knowledge and skills required for entry-level practice. Successful completion includes standardized testing and approval of a professional portfolio by program faculty. To be taken during the last semester of the Coordinated Program.

NDT 5911. Research Seminar. (1-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Discussion of current research topics, use of databases, and evaluation of research articles. May be repeated for credit.

NDT 5941. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5942. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5943. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5944. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5945. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5946. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5947. Advanced Dietetics Practicum I. (0-0) 7 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all dietetics knowledge core requirements; must be in good academic standing. Supervised practice in dietetics in different settings including acute and long term care facilities, rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, community programs, and foodservice operations; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5951. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5952. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5953. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5954. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 4 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5955. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 5 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5956. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.

NDT 5957. Advanced Dietetics Practicum II. (0-0) 7 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: NDT 5947; must be in good academic standing. Advanced supervised practice in dietetics with culminating experiences leading to entry-level competency; includes weekly seminar.