Competencies

MS Degree Competencies by Major

Nutrition Science

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Applied Health Science with a major in Nutrition Science, students will be able to:

  1. Identify key sources of data for epidemiologic purposes.
  2. Apply the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic reports.
  4. Use biochemical mechanisms of nutrient metabolism to explain contributions of nutrients to health and disease.
  5. Demonstrate command of elective area of specialization in nutrition science.
  6. Demonstrate command of structures, chemical properties, and interrelationships of biological substances.
  7. Demonstrate command of ethical principles in designing and conducting research and presenting and publishing findings.
  8. Critically synthesize scientific literature to evaluate research findings.
  9. Select, apply and interpret appropriate statistical methods of analysis to data.
  10. Conduct nutrition science research project.
  11. Synthesize and summarize nutrition research in an effective presentation.
  12. Demonstrate proficiency with Nutrient Data System for Research software to analyze food intake.
  13. Demonstrate command of methods and techniques of research.

Safety Management

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Applied Health Science with a major in Safety Management, students will be able to:

  1. Core public health competencies.
  2. Apply research and statistics.
  3. Assess & Evaluate Training.
  4. Utilize effective facilitation methods.
  5. Analyze Risk Matrix for Priorities.
  6. Identify BBS Case Recommendations.
  7. Evaluate Health Hazards.
  8. Critique Best Practices Manage Crises/Disasters.

School and College Health Education

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Applied Health Science with a major in School and College Health Education, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles and functions of the five core areas of public health.
  2. Assess needs, assets and capacity for Health Education in the school and college setting.
  3. Plan health education in the school and college setting.
  4. Implement health education in the school and college setting.
  5. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education in the school and college setting.
  6. Administer and manage health education in the school and college setting.
  7. Serve as a health education resource person in the school and college setting.
  8. Communicate and advocate for health and health education in the school and college setting.

Applied Sport Science

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Applied Sport Science, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the mechanical factors involved in human movement.
  2. Describe the human body's physiological responses to the specific stress of acute exercise.
  3. Understand the response of athletes to psychological variables in training and competition.
  4. Understand and describe the role that neurological systems play in the control of movement and human performance.
  5. Understand the role of statistics and research methods in adding to the knowledge of human performance.
  6. Integrate the fields of Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology, and Motion Control in understanding the improvement in athletic performance.

Athletic Administration/Sports Management

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Administration/Sports Management, students will be able to:

  1. Gain a general working knowledge of key program focus areas of athletic administration, marketing, and communication.
  2. Develop advanced knowledge in chosen area of specialization (administration, marketing, or communication).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge as it relates to historical foundations that helped shape the sport industry.
  4. Understand, and be able to critically analyze, research and its role in sport.
  5. Have an appreciation, and be able to explain, the role that sport plays in our society.
  6. Create an in-depth analysis of an industry problem within chosen area of specialization and propose a research plan to address the problem.
  7. Identify key public health issues and how the sport industry can positively contribute to public health.           

Athletic Training

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Training, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and explain the Pathomechanics of soft tissue injury and the healing cascade.
  2. Analyze lower extremity motion and determine normal and abnormal variants of gait.
  3. Apply knowledge of various orthopedic surgical techniques to contrast alternatives based upon current outcomes.
  4. Understand and develop therapeutic rehabilitation protocols based on diagnoses.
  5. Integrate current clinical research into professional clinical practice.
  6. Understand and Interpret Evidence Based practice applications to injury.
  7. Interpret athletic Injury data as a tool to develop and prioritize interventions, including policies, to promote a safe environment.
  8. Develop advanced manual skills for the treatment of soft tissue and other activity related orthopedic injuries.

Biomechanics

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Biomechanics, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the mechanical factors involved in human movement.
  2. Determine the role that neurological systems play in the control of movement and human performance.
  3. Describe the human body's physiological responses to the specific stress of acute exercise.
  4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the mechanical factors involved in human movement.
  5. Be able to make a detailed qualitative description of the mechanics of a human movement.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to calculate three-dimensional locations of body landmarks from measurements made in videotapes.
  7. Be able to combine theory with data collection and analysis to carry out a research project.

Ergonomics

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Ergonomics, students will be able to:

  1. Explain Ergonomic principles in the context of technology, environments, and injury prevention.
  2. Critique biomechanical and physiological characteristics in terms of risks and efficiencies.
  3. Collect measure and analyze human perception, movement, and movement tasks.
  4. Analyze the impact of various technologies to improve the human-made environment.
  5. Be able to integrate and translate current research to determine its applicability to professional issues.
  6. Interpret & apply knowledge of technology, human movement and work tasks to optimize efficiency and human effort.

Exercise Physiology

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major in Exercise Physiology, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the response of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems to the specific stressors of acute and chronic exercise.
  2. Describe the biochemical adaptations that occur with acute and chronic exercise.
  3. Apply knowledge of laboratory measurement techniques to collect data on exercising individuals.
  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the mechanical factors involved in human movement.
  5. Determine the role that neurological systems play in the control of movement and human performance.
  6. Critically examine scientific literature and assess future research questions.

Motor Learning/Control

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major Motor Learning/ Control, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of physics on motion of the human body during exercise.
  2. Describe the response of the human body to exercise as a result of training.
  3. Understand the role of academic inquiry, it's design and purpose to expand the body of knowledge on human function.
  4. Understand and explain adjustments made by the human body through skill improvement through motor-control.
  5. Understand the role of statistics and research methods in adding to the knowledge of human performance.
  6. Understand the role that the motor cortex and other brain structures play in the control of human movement in both normal and pathological conditions.

Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a major Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret physical activity data as a tool to develop and prioritize community-based interventions, including policies, to promote physical activity.
  2. Understand methods to assess physical activity across diverse community populations.
  3. Develop and apply evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health across the life-span.
  4. Understand evidence-based models to plan, evaluate, and translate physical activity interventions at community levels.
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate effective strategies to promote physical activity interventions across diverse community settings.
  6. Optimize adoption and adherence to physical activity/exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective communication, behavioral, and motivational strategies.
  7. Demonstrate skills in the design, delivery, and evaluation of interventions/programs that are consistent with both social and behavioral theories as well as safe and effective functional movement experiences.
  8. Address cultural, social, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the development and implementation of physical activity promotion.
  9. Recommend and translate effective intervention strategies to partners and other constituents.
  10. Use social marketing principles to promote physical activity within target populations.
  11. Facilitate and coordinate with local and community organizations to develop and implement policy and environmental changes designed to increase opportunities for physical activity.
  12. Collaborate with other disciplines to promote and administer physical activity research, practice, and policy at the community, state, or federal level.
  13. Categorize subsets of the worksite population and identify appropriate intervention strategies for each subset.

Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to make data-based decisions.
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills with various constituencies in diverse settings.
  3. Identify advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in the recreation, parks, and tourism profession.
  4. Promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation, parks, and tourism to enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, community, and the environment.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and skills needed by practitioners in the area of specialization.
  6. Analyze and demonstrate a full awareness and comprehension of concepts and philosophies related to the field of outdoor recreation.
  7. Develop expertise of the principles of resource management and the ability to develop and implement resource management strategies to the field of outdoor recreation and resource management.
  8. Foster professional development through participation in professional organizations, practical experiences, and volunteer activities.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate outdoor recreation offerings that reinforce the critical relationship between humans and the environment and the reciprocal nature of this relationship.

Park and Public Lands Management

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major Park and Public Lands Management, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to make data-based decisions.
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills with various constituencies in diverse settings.
  3. Identify advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in the recreation, parks, and tourism profession.
  4. Promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation, parks, and tourism to enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, community and the environment.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and skills needed by practitioners in the area of specialization.
  6. (Administration) Analyze concepts of administration by describing the various skills, roles, and functions of recreational administrators.
  7. (Budget and Finance) Demonstrate budget and finance process as a critical component of all recreational sport settings and analyze financial control methods and principles.
  8. (Ecology and Resource Management) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of conservation, parks and resources, science based data, impacts of use, and recreation as they relate to each managing places.
  9. (Public Engagement/Decision Making) Identify, explain, and analyze various data and resources needed to assess local and policy issues for resources, managing public involvement to evaluate public options and lead data driven decision making.
  10. (Leadership) Appraise conditions through research and observation in order to understand environmental influences on and determine alternative approaches to leading groups, teams, and units, focusing on personal leadership strengths.

Recreation Administration

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major Recreation Administration, students will be able to:

MS Program Learning Competencies

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to make data-based decisions.                         
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills with various constituencies in diverse settings.                                                       
  3. Identify advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in the recreation, parks, and tourism profession.                                                                
  4. Promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation, parks and tourism to enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, community, and the environment.                                         
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and skills needed by practitioners in the area of specialization.  

Recreation Administration Program Learning Competencies                                                                                               

  1. (Administration) Analyze concepts of administration by describing the various skills, roles, and functions of recreational administrators.                                                                                                               
  2. (Budget and Finance) Demonstrate budget and finance process as a critical component of all recreational sport settings and analyze financial control methods and principles.                                           
  3. (Ethics/Legal Aspects) Develop expertise of the principles of safety, emergency and risk management, and the ability to develop and implement risk management plans that assure the health and safety of participants and staff.                                                                                                            
  4. (Professional Development/Experience) Foster professional development through participation in professional organizations, practical experiences, and volunteer activities.                                            
  5. (Human Resources) Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreational offerings facilitating targeted human experiences that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Recreational Safety Management

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major Recreational Safety Management, students will be able to:

  1. Assess safety training needs and evaluate training effectiveness.
  2. Facilitate the delivery of effective safety training and education.
  3. Analyze a safety management risk matrix for priorities.
  4. Distinguish among the most effective components of successful behavioral safety efforts.
  5. Identify specific strengths & weaknesses of Behavioral Safety
  6. Evaluate and control recognized workplace health hazards.
  7. Critique the best practices for preventing and managing crises/disasters.               

Recreational Sports Administration

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major Recreational Sports Administration, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to make data-based decisions.
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills with various constituencies in diverse settings.
  3. Identify advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in the recreation, parks, and tourism profession.
  4. Promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation, parks, and tourism to enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, community, and the environment.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and skills needed by practitioners in the area of specialization.
  6. (Administration) Analyze concepts of administration by describing the various skills, roles, and functions of recreational administrators.
  7. (Budget and Finance) Demonstrate budget and finance process as a critical component of all recreational sport settings and analyze financial control methods and principles.
  8. (Ethics/Legal Aspects) Develop expertise of the principles of safety, emergency and risk management, and the ability to develop and implement risk management plans that assure the health and safety of participants and staff.
  9. (Professional Development/Experience) Foster professional development through participation in professional organizations, practical experiences, and volunteer activities.
  10. (Human Resources) Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate recreational offerings facilitating targeted human experiences that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.

Therapeutic Recreation

In addition to Core Public Health Competencies for Graduate Students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, after completing the Masters of Science in Recreation with a major in Therapeutic Recreation, students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to make data-based decisions.
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills with various constituencies in diverse settings.
  3. Identify advanced knowledge through linking theory, research, and practice in the recreation, parks, and tourism profession.
  4. Promote the importance and benefits of leisure, recreation, parks and tourism to enhance the well-being and quality of life of individuals, community and the environment.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior and skills needed by practitioners in the area of specialization.
  6. Ability to create and implement evidence in recreational therapy practice.
  7. Ability to analyze and describe contemporary issues in health care and recreational therapy.
  8. Ability to create and evaluate effective, evidence-based recreational therapy programs.