Concentration in Health Sciences

Program Description

The Master of Liberal Studies emphasis in Health Sciences offered in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Performance utilizes a highly skilled faculty teaching a well rounded curriculum. This degree offers graduate students all the flexibility of the Master of Liberal Studies degree in a framework that emphasizes highly practical skills in human performance issues. The curriculum integrates both topics of traditional importance along side workshops in more contemporary issues to give students a broad overview of the discipline. While the program has wide appeal to many different graduate students, this program may well appeal most to:

  • Physical education teachers,
  • Coaches,
  • Athletic administrators, and
  • Health/wellness professionals.
  • Many graduate students interested in furthering their education will find the off-campus delivery model used in the HHP emphasis to be conducive to their specific educational needs.

Program Curriculum

The MLS degree with a concentration in HHP is not a Masters in Health and Human Performance. If you are searching for a discipline-specific masters degree, you should check with your certifying agency to determine if the MLS degree will meet your needs.

The MLS concentration in HHP will accept no more than six (6) transfer credits. Students completing the MLS in this concentration will have the following notation listed on their transcripts: "Liberal Studies (Health Sciences)"

Program Requirements:

1. All applicants must meet the admission requirements as set forth by the Graduate School and the MLS program at Fort Hays State University.

2. Each student admitted into the MLS concentration in HHP will be required to enroll in the following six (6) hours as a part of his or her approved program of study: HHP 815 Research in Health and Human Performance (3 credit hours); and HHP 874 Graduate Independent Study in Health and Human Performance: Culminating Experience (3 credit hours).

3. Each student admitted into the MLS concentration in HHP must satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination over the subject fields in his or her program of study. The comprehensive examination is not merely a reexamination of materials covered in the student's program of study but is a test of the student's ability to integrate materials from the program of study and any related or supporting fields. Each student will sit for a minimum of eight clock hours of comprehensive examinations, the content of which is determined by the HHP Department in cooperation with the Director of the MLS program.

4. Each student must be admitted to candidacy before being eligible to take the comprehensive examination. Normally, the comprehensive examination is taken upon the completion of all the courses in the student's program of study or during the final semester of enrollment. All comprehensive examinations for MLS students in the HHP concentration will be proctored. Guidelines for the examination process will be provided to the student during his or her final semester.

Proposed Spring offerings are listed below

HHP 617 Nutrition and Aging 2
HHP 663 Assessment and Planning in Adapted/Special Programs 3
HHP 811 Health Promotion Programming 3
HHP 855 Legal Issues in Health and Human Performance 3
HHP 874 Graduate Independent Study: Culminating Experience 3

Proposed Summer offerings are listed below

HHP 619 Exercise Testing and Prescription for the Elderly 2
HHP 670 Sports Marketing and Promotion 3
HHP 815 Research Methods in Health and Human Performance 3
HHP 860 Facilities in Physical Education and Athletics 3
HHP 874 Graduate Independent Study: Culminating Experience 3

Proposed Fall offerings are listed below

HHP 635 Motor Behavior 3
HHP 812 Nutrition for Health and Fitness 3
HHP 830 Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum 3
HHP 874 Graduate Independent Study: Culminating Experience 3

Program Contact

For more information, contact Mr. Glen McNeil to see if the Master of Liberal Studies degree in Health and Human Performance could be right for you. You can also reach Mr. McNeil at (785) 628-5296. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read The MLS Student Handbook.