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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Education

Kinesiology and Health Education

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Master of Arts
Master of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Education

Facilities for Graduate Work

Excellent teaching and research laboratories are available to graduate students in kinesiology and health education. Special classrooms and computer facilities are available, as well as teaching laboratories for human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, motor control and learning, physical development and aging, and athletic training. Research laboratories are available for both basic and applied research with whole-body and subcellular investigations. Also available for field research are various schools, institutions, and agencies in Austin and surrounding communities.

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Areas of Study

Most students major in either health education or kinesiology. Students may also pursue a general program, leading to the Master of Education, that allows for specialization in either health education or kinesiology but includes coursework in both areas.

Health Education

The programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees with a major in health education emphasize a biobehavioral, developmental, and research-based approach to health promotion across the life span. Students in the PhD program specialize in either health promotion or behavioral health.

All the health education degree programs provide students with a solid background in the social and behavioral foundations of health. Students have the opportunity to design a course of study suited to their interests and the research interests of the faculty. The program prepares students for academic, research, and applied careers in health promotion.

Kinesiology

Students in kinesiology specialize in exercise physiology, movement science, or sport management; doctoral students may also specialize in interdisciplinary sport studies. Within exercise physiology, master's degree students follow a general course of study or focus their work on clinical exercise physiology, sport sciences and nutrition, or exercise and sport psychology; doctoral students focus on human performance or exercise biochemistry. Students in movement science focus their work on biomechanics, motor control and learning, developmental science: pediatrics and aging, clinical movement science, or sport movement science.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Lawrence D. Abraham
John Bartholomew
Laurence H. Chalip
Carla A. Costa
Edward F. Coyle
Jonathan B. Dingwell
Marlene A. Dixon
Elizabeth W. Edmundson
Roger P. Farrar
Maureen P. Fitzgerald
Nell H. Gottlieb
B. Christine Green
Lisa Griffin
Carole K. Holahan
John L. Ivy
Jody Jensen
Alexandra Loukas
Fred L. Peterson Jr.
Waneen Wyrick Spirduso
Joseph W. Starnes
Mary A. Steinhardt
Janice S. Todd
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Admission Requirements

A student who lacks the prerequisite coursework described below may be admitted to the Graduate School, but he or she must then complete coursework in the appropriate areas in addition to degree requirements.

Health Education

Health education. To be admitted to the general Master of Education program, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate major or at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physical education, kinesiology, and/or health education.

Health promotion. An applicant to the Master of Arts or Master of Education degree program with specialization in health promotion must have completed an undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline; the applicant must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: theory and methods of health education and/or health promotion, biological sciences, behavioral sciences, and statistics.

Doctoral degree programs. An undergraduate major in health education or a related discipline is required; the student must hold a master's degree or the equivalent and must have completed at least three semester hours of coursework in each of the following areas: biological sciences, behavioral sciences, theory and methods of health education and/or health promotion, and statistics. The applicant must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants to the PhD program must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology. To be admitted to the general Master of Education program, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate major or at least twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in physical education, kinesiology, and/or health education.

Exercise physiology. An applicant to the master's or doctoral degree program with specialization in exercise physiology must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Applicants who plan to focus on exercise and sport psychology must also have completed coursework in sport psychology; all other applicants to the exercise physiology specialization must have completed coursework in vertebrate physiology. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Movement science. An applicant to the master's or doctoral degree program with specialization in movement science must have an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline and must have completed coursework in human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor control and learning. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

Sport management. For admission to the master's or doctoral degree program with specialization in sport management, an undergraduate major in kinesiology or a related discipline is required; the student must have completed coursework in management and marketing and in two of the following areas: sport ethics/philosophy, sport history, sport law, and sport sociology. Doctoral applicants must also be sponsored by a member of the Graduate Studies Committee and must demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research.

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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Master of Arts with thesis. Within the kinesiology degree program, the specializations in exercise physiology and movement science consist of at least thirty semester hours of graduate study; the sport management specialization consists of at least thirty-six hours. The health education program consists of at least thirty-six semester hours of graduate study. All students seeking the MA concentrate coursework and research in an area of departmental specialization. Of the nine semester hours of upper-division coursework allowed in the program, no more than six hours may be included in either the major or the minor. The minor field consists of six semester hours taken outside the department. A statistics course, a research methods course, and the thesis course are required.

Master of Arts with report. This option is available only in kinesiology. The specializations in exercise physiology and movement science consist of at least thirty-three semester hours of graduate study, and the specialization in sport management consists of at least thirty-six hours. Students concentrate coursework and research in an area of departmental specialization. Of the nine semester hours of upper-division coursework allowed in the program, no more than six hours may be included in either the major or the minor. The minor field consists of six semester hours taken outside the department. A statistics course, a course in research methods, and the report course are required.

Master of Education

This degree program consists of at least thirty-six semester hours of graduate study. Students concentrate coursework in an area of departmental specialization or pursue a general program in either kinesiology or health education. Of the nine semester hours of upper-division coursework allowed in the program, no more than six hours may be included in either the major or the minor. All specializations require at least twenty-one semester hours of approved coursework within the department and six hours outside the department. To complete any of the specializations, satisfactory performance in an approved culminating experience is required.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree designed to prepare students as scholars in a designated area of specialization.

During the student's first year in the program, the student and the adviser form a committee that includes two other faculty members chosen on the basis of the student's research interests. This advisory committee supervises the student's program of study, which also must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Prior to admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must successfully complete the comprehensive examination covering the area of specialization. The student must present the dissertation proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee. The dissertation must represent an independent scholarly investigation of a problem pertinent to the field of kinesiology or health education. It deals with basic questions in the area of specialization and must constitute a scholarly contribution to the body of knowledge in the profession.

The PhD programs in health education and kinesiology are outlined below. More detailed descriptions and requirements for each of the specializations are available from the graduate adviser.

Health Education

The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in health education provides a specialization in either health promotion or behavioral health. Each student designs a program appropriate to his or her research interests. The program with a specialization in health promotion must include at least eighteen semester hours of core coursework in health education and a twenty-four-hour area concentration. The area concentration must consist of twelve hours of organized coursework taken within and twelve hours taken outside the department. In addition, the student must complete nine hours of graduate coursework in statistics and research methods. The program with a specialization in behavioral health must include at least twenty-one semester hours of core coursework in health education and a twenty-one-hour area concentration. The area concentration must consist of nine hours of organized coursework taken within and twelve hours taken outside the department. In addition, the student must complete twelve hours of graduate coursework in statistics and research methods. Students in both specializations must complete research experience that includes at least six hours of independent study and eighteen hours in the dissertation courses.

Kinesiology

The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in kinesiology involves specialization in exercise physiology, movement science, sport management, or interdisciplinary sport studies. Exercise physiology involves in-depth study in human performance or exercise biochemistry. Movement science students concentrate in biomechanics, motor control and learning, developmental science: pediatrics and aging, clinical movement science, or sport movement science. Sport management involves training students to undertake research in the management and marketing of sport organizations and enterprises. Interdisciplinary sport studies involves coursework in at least one academic department on campus other than the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education; the curriculum includes sport history, exercise history, sport and gender, and other sociocultural aspects of sport.

Each student completes coursework in preparation for a comprehensive examination in one of these specializations. The program also includes a departmental elective taken outside the area of specialization; six semester hours of graduate coursework in statistics, biometry, or an appropriate area of mathematics; nine hours of supporting work outside the department; research experience that includes at least six hours of independent study; and eighteen hours in the dissertation courses.

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education is a professional degree program that emphasizes preparation for the highest levels of educational practice.

Health Education

Students pursuing the Doctor of Education with a major in health education may specialize in either health promotion or behavioral health. The program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in educational institutions, community health care settings, business and industry, government agencies, and voluntary health agencies. Minimum requirements are eighteen semester hours of core courses in health education; nine hours of applied research; a twenty-four-hour concentration of organized coursework that includes twelve hours in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education and twelve hours (the minor) in one of the following: administration, curriculum and program design, health communications, program evaluation, public affairs, and human development; and eighteen hours in the dissertation courses. The program normally includes a three- to nine-hour internship in an operational setting that is distinct from previous or concurrent work experience.

During the student's first year in the program, the student and the adviser form a committee that includes two other faculty members chosen on the basis of the student's research interests. This advisory committee supervises the student's program of study, which must also be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Prior to admission to candidacy for the degree, the student must successfully complete the comprehensive examination covering the area of specialization. The student must present the dissertation proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee. The dissertation must represent an independent scholarly investigation of a problem pertinent to the field of health education. It must be an original contribution to scholarship based on an investigation of problems associated with professional practice.

More detailed program descriptions and requirements for each of the specializations are available from the graduate adviser.

Kinesiology

The University also has approval to offer the Doctor of Education degree with a major in kinesiology. For information about the status of this program, contact the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

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For More Information

Campus address: L. Theo Bellmont Hall (BEL) 222, phone (512) 471-1273, fax (512) 471-8914; campus mail code: D3700

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, 1 University Station D3700, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: khegradinfo@teachnet.edb.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.utexas.edu/education/kinesiology/gradprograms.html

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