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Applied Health Science Web Site
The Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University is one of the oldest and most respected professional preparation programs in the United States. The department offers study in dietetics, health promotion, human development and family studies, nutrition science, public health, safety management, and school and college health programs. It has a top-ranked doctoral program in health education, and its M.P.H. program is ranked ninth among approximately 300 universities nationwide.
The department offers comprehensive curricula of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and courses that emphasize the importance of education in the prevention of personal and family problems related to lifestyle and health behavior. Seven areas of specialization are available to the student:
Dietetics is the science of applying food and nutrition to health. It focuses on using nutrition to not only prevent and treat disease but also to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students learn to apply the principles of nutrition, food science, and food management in an applied setting. The curriculum meets standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
Health promotion enables individuals and communities to increase control over and improve their health. In this graduate-level program, students acquire skills to serve as health educators and health promotion specialists in educational, clinical, occupational, and community settings and for managing a diverse array of health education programs. A highlight of the program is the travel study course, in which students have the opportunity to learn firsthand about health care systems, main health challenges, and cultures of China and Thailand.
Human development and family studies examines human behavior from the perspective of lifespan development and within the context of the intimate environment of the family. As an applied field, it focuses on how theories on development and family can illuminate relationships and behavior.
Nutrition science integrates nutrition with physical and life sciences to promote healthy lifestyles. It has become an increasingly popular route for IU pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-physician assistant students. Nutrition science provides a thorough background in advanced science courses preparing not only nutrition-savvy medical professionals, but also nutrition educators and researchers.
Public health has the purpose of assessing, understanding, and responding to the behavioral and ecological factors that influence the health of communities throughout the world. Public health professionals work with individuals and communities through government agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and corporations. The M.P.H. program focuses on the social and behavioral sciences, with core classes in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health behavior theory, and health administration. M.P.H. students can further prepare for their public health careers by choosing one of two specializations, public health leadership and practice or public health research. The M.P.H. program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Safety science and management programs develop the skills and professional competencies to support workplace safety and health programs and efforts in both public and private organizations. In today's technological workplace, safety is an increasing concern. The safety programs promote safety and health in the workplace through education; hazard identification, evaluation, and control; and risk management. Safety professionals are the leaders in protecting corporate resources and workers' lives.
School and college health programs provide comprehensive and coordinated programs that promote the health of children and young adults. Students accrue professional skills required to design, deliver, and assess effective health instruction in schools and colleges. Undergraduate students can earn secondary teacher certification in a joint program with the School of Education. Health teachers have a rich understanding of the health and lifestyle concerns of their students. They help students make decisions that will improve physical, mental, psychological, and emotional well-being. The graduate program allows for advanced study, focusing on leadership roles in school health programs and university health centers.
Degree programs currently available in the Department of Applied Health Science include:
Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science
Sources of potential employment for program graduates are numerous and varied and include public and private schools and colleges; local, state, and federal agencies; international agencies; voluntary health agencies; professional associations; clinics, hospitals, and private health care facilities; business; industry; and the military. Prospects for employment are excellent, especially if the individual is willing to relocate. The department actively gathers placement opportunities and information for students in their fields through its Placement and Career Services. Read more at www.indiana.edu/~aphealth/careers.
The Department of Applied Health Science has a longstanding commitment to scholarly inquiry in a broad spectrum of areas emphasizing health promotion and prevention of health problems. Research and creative activity in the department include both basic and applied work in program planning and development; evaluation of the effectiveness of instruction; and examination of lifestyle and health behavior in relation to nutrition, exercise, stress, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, individual development and family health, communicable disease, human sexuality, and related areas. In addition to research projects, faculty engage in a variety of other scholarly activities, including preparing articles, textbooks, and other publications. Faculty are frequently asked to present scholarly papers at regional, national, and international conferences.
In addition to offering a variety of courses and degree programs, the department is continuously involved in a number of innovative research, instructional, and service projects that include the following:
Center for Health and Safety Studies provides support services to the university community, to the profession, and to the state of Indiana through conferences, research projects, and the management of grants and contracts. Director: Torabi.
Center for Minority Health has the mission of research, outreach, programming, and training with regard to health disparities. Director: Torabi.
Center for Sexual Health Promotion is a collaborative effort of sexual health scholars from across the IU campuses and strategic partner academic institutions around the globe. These scholars, in partnership with practitioners from community-based health organizations, government, and industry, work toward advancing the field of sexual health through research, education, and training. Director: Reece.
Indiana Prevention Resource Center is a statewide clearinghouse of prevention technical assistance and information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, funded in part by a contract with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health. The mission of the center is strengthening prevention efforts through education, resources, and research. Director: Gassman.
Indiana University Institute for Drug Abuse Prevention is directed by faculty in the Department of Applied Health Science and provides a research and service infrastructure for a wide range of drug prevention grants and contracts. Co-directors: Gassman and Torabi.
Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention has its major focus as the promotion of AIDS/STD prevention in rural America. Senior Director: Yarber. Co-director: Torabi.
Tobacco Control and Wellness Research Working Group provides advanced training to graduate students interested in tobacco control and wellness research. Its goals include cultivating tobacco control and wellness research partnerships between faculty and graduate students. Director: Seo.Return to Department of Applied Health Science
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Kinesiology Web Site
The Department of Kinesiology offers both undergraduate and graduate curricula. Undergraduate concentrations in athletic training, dance, exercise science, fitness specialist, sport communication, sport marketing and management, and physical education (K-12 teacher certification), all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology are interdisciplinary, providing course work and appropriate practicum experiences that are excellent preparation for specific careers or for preprofessional and graduate school opportunities.
Athletic training prepares the student to sit for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination. Additionally, the program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Dance strengthens and refines contemporary dance technique as well as provides scholarly inquiry into the history, science, and aesthetics of dance. The dance major provides disciplined dance training and a strong academic and theoretical core, which is essential to producing wholly integrated artists and successful dance professionals.
Exercise science prepares students for graduate-level education in areas such as adapted physical education, biomechanics, ergonomics, exercise physiology, and motor learning/control. In addition, programs prepare students for entry into professional/graduate programs in areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, physician's assistant, dentistry, chiropractic, and other allied health fields
Fitness specialist prepares students to work in the fitness industry. In addition, students are prepared to sit for the following three certification examinations: 1) the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor; 2) the American Council of Exercise (ACE) Group Exercise; and 3) the ACE Personal Training.
Sport communication students may choose either print or broadcast concentrations with course work in journalism or telecommunications.
Sport marketing and management prepares students for lower management jobs in the sport industry. Students are also prepared for movement into advanced degree programs in sport management. Sport marketing and management majors complete a comprehensive professional core of sport courses and complement this course work with an intensive core of business courses. The Kelley School of Business minor may be earned in the process of completing the sport marketing and management major.
Teacher preparation—all grade is an undergraduate curriculum that combines courses in teaching methodology and the human movement sciences. Professional and technical instruction is provided for teaching various sports, dance, and fitness activities commonly taught in the elementary and secondary schools. This preparation is based on and intertwined with appropriate theoretical models and best practices that lead to all-grade (K-12) licensing in the state of Indiana.
The department offers an extensive program in physical activity instruction that is open to majors as well as students from other departments and/or schools on the Bloomington campus. Included in the elective courses are aquatics, conditioning, dance, fitness, individual sports, martial arts, racquet sports, and team sports.
Graduate curricula in the Dr. John M. Cooper Graduate Program in Kinesiology (Cooper Graduate Program) lead to the degrees Master of Science in Kinesiology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in human performance. A variety of emphasis areas are available for graduate degree candidates, including adapted physical education, applied sport science, athletic training, fitness management, human performance, ergonomics, and sport management. The Ph.D. program in human performance emphasizes adapted physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning/control, and sport management. The department operates human performance research laboratories in these areas.
Degree programs currently available in the Department of Kinesiology include:
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Certificate in Martial Arts.
Optional Undergraduate Minors
Master of Science in Kinesiology
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Performance
Continuing national attention to fitness, sports medicine, sport business and industry, and an active way of life for all makes employment prospects excellent. Examples of the many career opportunities available are aquatics management, athletic administration, athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, coaching/athletic community centers, corporate fitness, fitness center management, program directing, personal training, fitness educator/consulting, group exercise, laboratory research, public/private school teaching, preventive medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, research, sports information, sports reporting, sports broadcasting, audio/video production, public and/or media relations, fundraising/ philanthropy, sports advertising/marketing, and youth agencies.
The Department of Kinesiology faculty engages in research and creative activity in a variety of areas, including the exercise sciences, sport management, sport communication, pedagogy, and dance.
Within exercise science, the department supports research in ergonomics, exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, motor learning, motor control, and biomechanics. Additionally, studies involving the effects of physical activity on special populations have received considerable emphasis. Over the years, funding for these scholarly activities has included such sources as the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Athletic Congress, Lilly Endowment, and the Amateur Athletic Union. Faculty and graduate students have presented research reports at various scientific meetings and published their research efforts in scientific journals. Faculty members have also presented and published papers dealing with various topics in sport as viewed from a social science perspective. Research in sport management focuses on sport communication, sport marketing, sport history, and sociocultural issues in sport. Within these areas, studies examine issues related to sport and the media and consumption of the sport product.
The department has been concerned with the dissemination of new knowledge at all levels. Scholars have been invited to present research colloquia at national and international meetings. Graduate students have been successful in obtaining university teaching and postdoctoral research positions following completion of their doctoral programs.
Department faculty is involved in numerous service and research projects conducted by its laboratories, centers and programs. These include the Wynn F. Updyke Center for Physical Activity, the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming, the Aquatics Institute, the Human Performance Laboratory, and the Women in Science Program.
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Web Site
The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies offers both undergraduate and graduate curricula. The undergraduate curriculum, leading to the B.S. in Recreation, prepares students for positions as recreation activity programmers, planners, and leaders; managers of facilities; supervisors; park and recreation resource managers; and specialists in such areas as tourism management, therapeutic recreation, recreational sports, public and nonprofit organizations, and outdoor adventure education. The graduate curriculum is for students preparing for careers in administration management, teaching, and research. In addition, students often elect to pursue recreation specialist careers in such areas as recreation planning, environmental education, and clinical and nonclinical therapeutic recreation. The M.S. (Master of Science) in Recreation offers five major options:
Outdoor Recreation This option is for students interested in outdoor recreation management, resource management, camping administration, outdoor/environmental education, interpretation, and outdoor leadership.
Recreation Administration This option is for students interested in public agencies, private/ commercial agencies, or general administration management.
Recreational Sports Administration This option is for students with career objectives in recreational sport administration in colleges/universities, public and private recreation agencies, or the Armed Forces.
Therapeutic Recreation This option is for students interested in working with disabled persons in either clinical or nonclinical settings.
Tourism Management This option is for students interested in working in administration and conducting research related to the tourism industry.
Advanced graduate degrees include the Director of Recreation (Re.Dir.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). in leisure behavior. These degree programs are designed for graduate students wishing to pursue careers in management and administration, teaching, research, or administration in higher education.
Degree programs currently available in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies include:
The department prepares students for careers in a variety of park, recreation, tourism, and leisure services settings, such as public parks and recreation; youth agencies; recreational sports facilities; hospitals, extended care facilities, and rehabilitation centers; private and commercial recreation; tourism; camping, adventure, and outdoor education; and military recreation.
Scholarship in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies reflects a commitment to increasing the understanding of leisure and recreation at both basic and applied levels. Faculty and students are involved with scholarly research to develop findings that may be applied by practitioners. Illustrative studies on leisure behavior have been those on the leisure behavior of women and physiological indicators of leisure experiences. Examples of applied studies have been investigations to establish national standards for park and recreation systems, to determine travel behavior and decision-making patterns, and to study the effects of outdoor recreation on the behavior of children with disabilities. A second area is the scholarship of teaching, where faculty engage in creative activities such as those funded by recent curriculum development grants from the Administration on Aging and the Department of Education. A third area of applied scholarship is the development of strategic plans for leisure service agencies and the provision of accessibility training for staff members of the National Park Service.
Major programs within the department include the following:
Center for Student Leadership Development
Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands
Executive Development Program
Great Lakes Park Training Institute Serving park executives and their staffs with up-to-date, hands-on techniques, this institute draws administrators, supervisors, and technicians from municipal, regional, state, and federal agencies in the United States and Canada.
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center One of the oldest children’s gardens in the United States, Hilltop contains 75 children’s tree and vegetable plots plus a herbaceous perennial garden, fruit trees, an herb garden, special display plantings, and test gardens. As part of the department, Hilltop is a laboratory for Indiana University students in outdoor education, resource management, horticulture, and science education.
Institute on Fundraising The goal of the institute, which was established in 2002, is to educate undergraduate students about philanthropy, its importance in our society, and its relevance to public and private organizations. Fundraising courses including Introduction to Resource Development, Annual Giving, Development Services, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, Capital Campaigns, and Internships. Students also have service-learning opportunities and collaboration with other campus programs and agency partners, preparing them for roles as nonprofit professionals and volunteer community leaders. An 18 credit undergraduate fundraising minor is offered in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences to students of all majors.
Institute for Outdoor Leadership and Education (IOLE) The institute comprises a number of opportunities for enhancing the professional development of outdoor educators. The multidimensional venues include the Adventure Research Cache, the Therapeutic Outdoor Programs certificate, the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation/Education Program, the Bradford Papers, Research Connections, and the Bradford Woods Professional Training Series.
Leisure Research Institute Equipped with the latest in available computer support, this institute provides research support services to students and faculty as well as a focus for departmental research efforts and the expansion of cooperative research projects.
The National Center on Accessibility The center is a national leader in the movement to include people with disabilities in recreation, parks, and tourism. Through its comprehensive services of research, technical assistance, and education, NCA focuses on Universal Design and practical accessibility solutions that create inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. The NCA is a program of Indiana University’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies in cooperation with the National Park Service Accessibility Management Program.
Other Research and Service Projects
Since its start in 1975, IU Campus Recreational Sports has been providing a diverse array of programs and services for students, faculty, and staff of all skill levels and interests, including programs that meet the needs of students with families, people with disabilities, and international students.
The mission of IU Campus Recreational Sports is to connect, inform, and inspire people to lead active, healthy lifestyles. The vision is to be the most comprehensive, inclusive, and progressive recreational sports program in the country, through diverse sport and fitness opportunities, advancing a culture of wellness, offering student development opportunities, distinctive facilities and equipment, an enhanced sense of community, and leadership to the profession.
All students receive recreational sports membership through a portion of their student activity fee, providing access to programs and facilities at two convenient campus locations: The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Building (HPER) and the Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC). Opened in 1995, the SRSC is a 204,000-square-foot facility with three multipurpose sport areas, a five-court field house with a 1/8 -mile elevated running/ jogging/walking track, nine racquetball/squash courts, six outdoor tennis courts, a cycle-fit studio, a cardio studio, a strength circuit, a free-weights area, an auditorium, locker rooms, and a fitness consultation room.
The Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center is also located inside the SRSC and features an Olympic-size pool and a diving well with competition towers. Recreational Sports facilities available in the HPER Wildermuth Building include the Wildermuth Intramural Center—a 60,000-square-foot facility with 10 basketball/volleyball courts and a three-lane track, a strength and conditioning room, 11 racquetball/squash courts, three multipurpose gyms, a gym with basketball/ volleyball courts, a martial arts fort, table tennis, and Royer Pool and diving well. Additional outdoor recreational sports facilities include the Recreational Sports Field Complex at North Fee Lane, Woodlawn Field, Woodlawn Tennis Courts, the North Jordan Tennis Courts, and the Evan Williams Club Sports Field.
Campus Recreational Sports makes maximum use of all campus recreational sport facilities for aquatic, informal sports, intramural sports, club sports, fitness/wellness, and special event activities. For students who enjoy recreational activities at their leisure, informal sports hours are available during prime time at both the HPER Building and at the SRSC. Opportunities for indoor soccer are also available, with the installation of dasherboards in SRSC MS2 and dedicated time for friendly challenge matches every Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Equipment check-out is also available at no charge to students with a valid Indiana University identification card. Locker rentals are available at both the HPER Building and the SRSC.
The intramural sports program sponsors men’s, women’s, and co-intramural tournaments in team, dual, individual, and special event competitions. Students interested in tournament competition will find leagues that accommodate all skill levels.
The club sports program offers students more than 44 club sports opportunities ranging from aikido to fencing to tennis to water skiing. Clubs help students share a common interest in a particular sport, whether the emphasis within the club is social, instructional, or competitive.
For students who enjoy the water, the aquatics program offers three heated indoor pools and a diving well with competition boards and towers. Noncredit swimming and diving instruction is available. Campus Recreational Sports also offers lifeguard training sessions and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) sessions for students who want to learn the techniques of water rescue or swimming instruction. With the Olympic-size pool and diving well at the SRSC’s Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center, Campus Recreational Sports is able to host NCAA swimming, diving, and water polo competitions. It also hosts special events such as USA Swimming Speedo Junior Championships, as well as other state and national swimming events, intramural and club events, and family swim times.
The fitness/wellness program offers students the expertise of fitness/wellness consultants in two strength and conditioning rooms, with more than 400 pieces of variable resistance, free weight, and cardiovascular equipment. The fitness/wellness program also offers a wide range of group exercise sessions, such as cardio kickboxing, step, jazz dance, sports conditioning, strength, hip hop, trekking, and deep-water exercise. For an additional fee, indoor cycling is available, as well as mind/body sessions in yoga, Pilates, balletfit, and belly dance. A staff of highly qualified personal trainers is also available to provide fitness assessments, personal training services, and wellness education.
Special events include the Jill Behrman Run for the End Zone 5K Run/Walk, the proceeds of which benefit the Jill Behrman Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund and Jill’s House—a temporary residence for patients undergoing outpatient cancer treatment at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute in Bloomington. In addition, free Family Night programs are offered monthly at the Student Recreational Sports Center and open to IU and Bloomington-area community members. Campus Recreational Sports is also an active partner in the IUB new student orientation program, hosting interactive events for all incoming students, including “Sneak Peek” events at the SRSC during the summer orientation period and RecFest, held outside HPER Wildermuth during Welcome Week in the fall.
Campus Recreational Sports is committed to providing educational avenues for student development, leadership, and professional preparation for undergraduate and graduate students. As one of the largest employers on campus, with over 800 part-time student hourly positions, Campus Recreational Sports hires students for positions across all program areas, including lifeguards, intramural sports officials, informal sports supervisors, member services associates, and graphic designers. Two-year graduate assistantship appointments are available in the areas of Research, Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Informal Sports and Equipment Operations, Intramural Sports, Special Events, and Marketing and Sponsorship. Campus Recreational Sports also offers more than 500 volunteer opportunities through its student advocacy body—the Student Recreational Sports Association (SRSA), special events and outreach programs, including the Jill Behrman Run for the End Zone, the Family Night Program, and through the RS Magazine editorial and production team.
For students interested in a career in recreational sports management, IU has one of the country’s leading programs, through the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies. A fitness specialist option is also available through the Department of Kinesiology. The fitness specialist program provides specialized educational and practical experiences to those interested in a career in emerging industries related to fitness, health, and wellness.