Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, & Health

Miami’s KNH Department offers a M.S. degree in Kinesiology, Nutrition, & Health. Requirements include at least 15 semester hours in courses 500/600-level and above and at least 12 semester hours in courses offered by the department.

In the KNH M.S. degree program students choose either the Exercise and Health Science track or the Public Health Education and Health Promotion track. Required courses and typical electives must be approved by your advisor.

Students must complete all KNH requirements for the M.S. in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health, including a minimum of 30 credits, KNH 621, track coursework, capstone experience, and successful completion of a final exit examination. The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan developed with one's academic advisor.

Exercise & Health Science Track (30 HRS)

The Exercise and Health Science track is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of health-related professional programs and career options, including medicine, nutrition, physical/occupational therapy, nursing, chiropractic, clinical exercise physiology, biomedical research, and doctoral programs in Kinesiology and related fields.

Post baccalaureate dietetic intern students complete the Exercise and Health Science coursework plus dietetic internship experiences planned with the Program Director. Upon successful completion of the master’s program, dietetic intern students may take the Registered Dietitian Board exam.

Students are active in research and internship experiences. Laboratory equipment allows students and faculty to assess body composition, physical activity level, cardiorespiratory fitness, dietary intake and analyses, sensory evaluation, biological indices of muscle and cardio metabolic health, motion analysis, ground reaction force, motor control, and muscular strength and endurance in human and animal models.

REQUIRED (3 hrs):

KNH 621 - Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (3)

TAKE ONE (3 hrs):

EHS 667 - Behavior Statistics (3)

EHS 668 - Behavior Statistics II (3)

KNH 623 - Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health and Sport Studies Fields (3)

EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE (9 hrs):

TAKE THREE (3) COURSES:

KNH 503 - Professional Practices in Dietetics (3)

KNH 509 - Nutrition for Sports and Fitness (3)

KNH 542 - Strength Training and Conditioning (3)

KNH 582 - Exercise Prescription: Healthy Individuals & Individuals with Chronic Diseases/Disorders (3)

KNH 583 - Advanced Motor Control and Learning (3)

KNH 647 - Obesity and Weight Management (3)

KNH 654 - Physical Activity Motivation (3)

KNH 668 - Advanced Physiology and Biophysics of Human Activity (3)

KNH 685 - Physical Activity and Nutrition in Aging (3)

KNH 688 - Advanced Biomechanics (3)

EXIT OPTIONS (6 hrs):

Thesis Exit

KNH 700 - Thesis, M.A. (6 hrs required, maximum of 10 hrs)

-OR-

Non-Thesis Exit (6 hrs from the following):

KNH 620 - Research Problems

KNH 640 - Internship

ELECTIVES (minimum of 9 hrs)

TOTAL HOURS = 30

Planning to become a Registered Dietitian: Students interested in the Master’s Degree/Dietetic Internship at Miami to become a Registered Dietitian will need to complete the admission process including successful completion of an ACEND accredited undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics and admission to Miami’s Graduate School.

Public Health Education and Health Promotion Track (30 HRS)

The Public Health Education and Health Promotion track is designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge in the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of health across the human lifespan. The curriculum emphasizes both cultural and personal determinants of health and wellness. Coursework prepares students as program planners and coordinators of health promotion programs in community, worksite, clinical, and educational settings.

REQUIRED (3 hrs):

KNH 621 - Research Foundations in Kinesiology and Health (3)

TAKE ONE (3 hrs):

EHS 667 - Behavior Statistics (3)

EHS 668 - Behavior Statistics II (3)

KNH 623 - Qualitative Methodological Research Approaches in the Exercise, Health and Sport Studies Fields (3)

PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION (9 hrs):

TAKE THREE (3) COURSES:

KNH 553 - Seminar in Kinesiology and Health (3)

KNH 562 - Public Health Planning and Evaluation (3)

KNH 611 - Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Education (3)

KNH 612 - Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion and Education (3)

KNH 613 - Health Communication and Education (3)

KNH 654 - Physical Activity Motivation (3)

EXIT OPTIONS (6 hrs):

Thesis Exit

KNH 700 - Thesis, M.A. (6 hrs required, maximum of 10 hrs)

-OR-

Non-Thesis Exit (6 hrs from the following):

KNH 620 - Research Problems

KNH 640 - Internship

ELECTIVES (minimum of 9 hrs)

TOTAL HOURS = 30

Master in Athletic Training (Coming Soon)

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Miami University will lead to a Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree and will be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students who successfully complete the ATP will be eligible and qualified to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and enter professional practice. Athletic trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. 

Program curricular content includes the domains of:

  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention
  • Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility

In addition to the curricular content, clinical experiences under the direct supervision of a BOC-credentialed Athletic Trainer are required.  This requirement will be attained through clinical experiences with assigned clinical preceptors.  Clinical placement locations include Miami University athletics (both varsity and club), local high schools (both Ohio and Indiana), outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and other emerging clinical rotation sites.

The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Miami University is to prepare educated professional athletic trainers through academic and clinical education in which students develop competency and proficiency of entry-level skills for successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) examination and placement within the athletic training profession.  The focus of the program is to advance highly competent healthcare providers who integrate current evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values in athletic training practice.

Undergraduate Preparation

While any undergraduate degree would allow the student to apply to the MAT graduate program (given the prerequisite courses have been completed), the undergraduate program in Kinesiology is a logical degree program to prepare the prospective student for the Athletic Training Program.

The following UG courses are recommended:

1 semester of Biology with Laboratory

1 semester of Chemistry with Laboratory

1 semester of Physics with Laboratory

1 semester of Anatomy & Physiology with Laboratory

1 semester of Psychology