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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4376
Email: gaschumacher@fhsu.edu
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Online Master of Science in Health and Human Performance

Online graduate-level study in the Department of Health and Human Performance leads you to a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance (HHP). This online program gives you the opportunity to further development of your conceptual, technical, analytical, and communication skills related to careers in health and human performance, while enabling to stay at your place of work in your home community.

The program consists of 17 credit hours of core courses, required of all graduate students, plus an additional 15 credit hours of elective coursework. The wide range of elective courses enables you to work with your advisor to develop a concentration that best fits your personal and professional needs. Most online graduate students take six credit hours per semester, including summers, which allow them complete their degree over a three to four year period. As a final step in the program, all students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in health and human performance or a related field, you will need to complete up to 18 credit hours of leveling coursework. Those 18 credit hours do not need to be completed prior to starting the program, but you will be expected to complete those classes within a year of being admitted into the program. If you have taken hours in physical education and/or health, the department will review those hours to determine if they can be applied to your leveling work.

Admission Criteria

  • Acceptance to the Graduate School at Fort Hays State University:
  • An undergraduate degree in field or a related filed; or completion of a minimum of 18 undergraduate credit hours in health and human performance, exclusive of service courses;
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for last 60 credit hours on the bachelor's degree; or
  • A 2.50-2.99 grade point average for last 60 credit hours on the bachelor's degree and a minimum score of 148 on both the Verbal and Quantitative components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a minimum score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Program Summary

Core Courses

All core courses for the Master's in HHP are offered in the summer. For your convenience in planning out your course of study, the schedule of summer courses are listed below.

Offered in Summer 2017, 2019, 2021

HHP 815 Research (3)
HHP 825 Statistics (3)
HHP 835 Motor Learning (3)
HHP 850 Physiological Analysis of Motor Activity (3)
HHP 875 Graduate Seminar (2)

Offered in Summer 2018, 2020, 2022

HHP 650 Biomechanics (3)
HHP 815 Research (3)
HHP 820 Concepts and Objectives (3)
HHP 875 Graduate Seminar (2)

Program Electives

Elective courses are available online, on a rotating basis. Not all courses are available every semester. Check the current semester schedule to determine availability. You are encouraged to select electives that will enable you to develop a program of study applicable to your career goals and interests.

HHP 602 Public Health (3)
HHP 605 Introduction to Gerontology (3) Fall
HHP 610 Global Health (3) Fall
HHP 612 Physiology of Aging (3) Spring
HHP 613 Issues in Aging (2) Intersession
HHP 615 Issues in Nutrition (2) Fall
HHP 617 Nutrition and Aging (3) Spring
HHP 618 Environmental Health (3) Spring
HHP 619 Exercise Prescription & Testing for the Elderly (3) Summer
HHP 620 Epidemiology in Public Health (3) Fall
HHP 625 Legal Issues in Health Care (3) Spring
HHP 630 Administration in Health Care (3)
HHP 633 Assessment and Planning in HHP (3) Spring
HHP 635 Motor Behavior (3) Fall
HHP 650 Biomechanics (if not taken as a core course) (3) Summer
HHP 655 Sports Marketing and Promotion (3) Fall
HHP 810 Sport in American Society (3) Fall
HHP 811 Health Promotion Programming (3) Spring
HHP 812 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (3) Fall
HHP 830 Secondary School Physical Education Curriculum (3) Spring
HHP 835 Motor Learning (if not taken as a core class) (3) Summer
HHP 840 Coaching Today's Athlete (3) Spring
HHP 855 Legal Issues in HHP (3) Fall
HHP 860 Facilities in Physical Education and Athletics (3) Summer
HHP 899 Thesis* 3-6 credit hours
Graduate Project or Internship** (3)

Total Credit Hours: 15

*If you wish to consider the thesis option, please visit with your advisor. Thesis is considered 6 hours of electives and does require a certain number of on-campus activities.
A graduate project or internship may be considered as part of your program. If you are interested, you must contact your advisor before it is included in your program of study. There are specific requirements that must be met before a project or internship is considered. You will be awarded a maximum of three credit hours for a graduate project or internship.

Comprehensive Exam

As a final step in the program, all students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

Program Contact

For more information, contact Dr. John Zody to see if the Master of Science degree concentrations offered through the Department of Health and Human Performance could be right for you. You can also reach Dr. Zody at (785) 628-4370.

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