Applied Physiology – M.S.Ed. – School of Education & Human Development

Applied Physiology – M.S.Ed.

Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Applied PhysiologyM.S.Ed.

The Applied Physiology masters program is specifically designed to produce highly qualified practitioners for successful careers in sports and fitness. This uniquely designed program allows students to create their own path to reach their intended career goals.

The program emphasizes practice-based instruction promoting proficiency in the areas of nutrition, human performance, and administration and operations of facilities. Student can take classes based on their intended career path including courses in functional assessment and corrective exercises, advanced strength training, Olympic weightlifting, sports conditioning and speed training, as well as coursework in sports nutrition and clinical exercise testing and programming. For those pursuing careers emphasizing competencies in the development of sports performance, much of the practical course work is performed in the University of Miami’s athletic facilities and interested students will have the opportunity to work directly with our NCAA Division I athletes and coaches. Those looking to become exercise physiologists will have the opportunity to take classes and do research in one of the clinical labs.

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The University of Miami Graduate program is officially recognized as an approved graduate strength and conditioning program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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Common Career Paths


This track emphasizes practice-based instruction promoting proficiency in cutting edge programming and implementation; including practical requirements in functional and corrective exercises, advanced strength training, Olympic weight lifting, speed, agility and quickness training, as well as training for competitive endurance sports. Coursework is performed in the University of Miami’s athletic facilities and qualified students will have the opportunity to work directly with our NCAA Division I athletes and coaches.
This track is rooted in a scientific background in the applied sciences, which integrates the nutritional components of wellness programing and key elements of nutrition for optimal performance. The curriculum represents the biological synergy between nutrition and exercise physiology so that students can take leadership roles in clinical-based wellness programs, exercise physiological and nutritional research, as well as tailoring the optimal, evidence-based nutritional practices for coaches and athletes.
This track is designed for individuals pursuing careers in Sports/Fitness administration or those looking to open their own business. Courses provide guidance to higher competency in business operations for supervisory positions. Common jobs include facility owner/operators, program or wellness director, and corporate paths in upper management such as a regional or national director of personal training.
This track prepares students for careers in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, community or corporate wellness, and teaching. Additionally, it provides students who are pursuing careers in medicine, physical/occupational therapy, physician’s assistant studies, or higher education with a unique and valuable foundation in exercise science. Students have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the program’s well-equipped laboratories of clinical and applied physiology, neuromuscular research and active aging, and sports medicine and motion analysis.

Required Coursework

Strength and Conditioning

Students looking to master the skills of programming and instructing world class human performance should choose this path. The coursework provides for in depth education in athlete evaluation, musculoskeletal correction, skill development, and advanced training techniques. Students are instructed in and required to perform practicals in movement assessment, Olympic weightlifting, advanced strength training and speed, agility and quickness. Additionally, students will learn to design and operate their own performance facilities.

Approved Electives

Fall
KIN 636 Strength and Conditioning I
KIN 646 Elite Conditioning I
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming *
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness *
KIN 661 Facility Management

 

Spring
KIN 637 Strength and Conditioning II
KIN 647 Elite Conditioning II
KIN 662 Fitness Facility Management II
KIN 670 Advanced Programming
KIN 800 Practicum *

* Required Core (4 courses - 12 credits)

Clinical Nutrition for Performance

Students interested in combining exercise science with additional knowledge and skills in nutrition can pursue coursework in applied nutrition. These classes provide the foundations for added knowledge in nutrition for clinical settings where an exercise physiologist or human performance specialist may work. The program does not confer licensure as a nutritionist or RD but can be part of a broader path to sit for the CNS board exam (additional class in biochemistry and 1200 clinical hours required to qualify for the exam).

Approved Electives

Fall
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming *
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness *
KIN 698 Professional Training and Counseling for Integrative Health
KIN 634 Integrative and Functional Nutrition
KIN 800 Practicum *

 

Spring
KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology *
KIN 650 Nutritional Biochemistry
KIN 785 Neurological Mechanisms of Weight Regulation
KIN 645 Therapeutic Lifestyle to Combat Chronic Disease
KIN 638 Nutrition during the Lifecycle

* Required Core (4 courses - 12 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Fitness Administration

Students pursuing careers in fitness administration or those looking to start their own business can take coursework specific to operating a facility and business. From start up budgets to acquiring funds to corporate structures, advertising and negotiations, this path helps build business acumen for success as an employer. It is complemented with the human performance program and instruction for those looking to be directors of performance who are required to oversee athletic facilities and for individuals seeking fitness business ownership.

Approved Electives

Fall
KIN 661 Facility Management
KIN 646 Elite Conditioning 1
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming *
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness *
KIN 795 Mentor/Internship

 

Spring
KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology *
KIN 662 Facility Management 2
KIN Elective
KIN Elective
KIN 800 Practicum *

* Required Core (4 courses - 12 credits)

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Students in the Applied Physiology Master’s and Exercise Physiology Ph.D. programs have numerous applied physiological research opportunities in the department’s well-equipped Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology, Laboratory of Neuromuscular Research and Active Aging, and the Laboratory of Sports Medicine and Motion Analysis. Additionally, the department’s close collaborative relationships with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, Health South Doctors’ Hospital, the Varsity Athletics Department, and the community allows Master’s and doctoral students to work in clinical environments while improving their hands-on clinical skills and advancing their research accomplishments. The program is best known for its work in women’s health, obesity, pediatric physiology, aging, Parkinson’s disease, biomechanics, cardiovascular physiology, exercise biochemistry, and human metabolism.

Approved Electives

Fall
KIN 630 Cellular Exercise Physiology
KIN 631 Laboratory Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle, Laboratory Experiences in Systemic Exercise Physiology
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming *
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness *
KIN 679 Principle of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular
KIN 784 Energetics of Obesity

 

Spring
KIN 621 Advanced Systemic Exercise Physiology *
KIN 645 Therapeutic Lifestyle to Combat Chronic Disease
KIN 686 Exercise Prescription/Assessment Laboratory
KIN 735 Methods in Biomechanical Analysis
KIN 800 Practicum *

* Required Core (4 courses - 12 credits)

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Program Director

Brian Biagioli

Graduate Program Director: Strength and Conditioning, Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

305-284-6772


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