Physical Activity and Health

The Physical Activity and Health (PA&H) program is designed to prepare graduates to work in the areas of community and public health, within the public, private, and government sectors.  There is ample opportunity for hands-on experience through practicums and Individual Study, and a Thesis option for those students interested in going on to a doctoral program.  The PA&H program is a cohort design, thereby emphasizing full-time students who can begin studies in the Fall of each academic year.

Admission to the PA&H MS program is as follows:

All interested students must first be accepted to the UTC Graduate School (, which requires a $35 (domestic students) and $40 (international students) fee to apply.

Complete applications to the UTC Graduate School should include:

  1. Cover letter - include a statement indicating interest in PA&H
  2. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation (at least two from university faculty)
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Transcripts of all previous undergraduate work completed
  5. GRE scores from within the past 5 years

To be considered for admission into the PA&H program, applicants must have at minimum:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA > 3.0
  • GRE scores at or above the 25th percentile
  • A cover letter indicating interest in and knowledge of PA&H
  • At least two of the three reference letters from a university faculty member

The above criteria qualify an applicant for CONSIDERATION as a candidate, but do not guarantee admission. Other factors, including faculty advisee load, applicant letter of interest, and more will also be considered for admission.

For those students interested in a this graduate program, please contact the HHP Physical Activity and Health Program coordinator Dr. Nicholas Boer at (423) 425-4173 or


Core Courses: (31 or 34 credit hours depending on Research option):


HHP 5200 - Health Behavior Change

HHP 5370 - Community Nutrition

HHP 5490 - Physical Activity and Public Health

HHP 5491 - Sedentary Behavior

HHP 5492 - Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation

HHP 5495 - Physical Activity and Public Health Graduate Seminar

HHP 5550 - Introduction to Epidemiologic Methods

HHP 5781r - Practicum in Physical Activity and Health

HHP 5830 - Research Methods in Sports Medicine


Research Option (select one)


HHP 5998r - Research

HHP 5999r - Thesis

*Note: HHP5781 Practicum course: this is a repeatable course of variable (1-6 cr hr) enrollment; a total of 6 credit hours are required; however, not all of the 6 credit hours have to be completed in the same semester.


Electives to complete 36 credit hours


CRMJ 5130 - Diversity and Crime

ESC 5180 - Case Studies in Environmental Problems

BIOL 5420 - Environmental Physiology

ENGL 5250 - Proposals and Prospectus Writing

HHP 5170 - Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology

HHP 5180 - Advanced Exercise Prescription

HHP 5250 - Advanced Fitness Assessment

HHP 5250L - Advanced Fitness Assessment Laboratory

HHP 5350 - Promotion of Worksite Health and Human Performance

HHP 5410 - Exercise and the Older Adult

HHP 5450 - Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

HHP 5470 - Thermal Physiology

HHP 5650 - The Psychological Impact of Injury, Illness and Chronic Disease

Approved Graduate Courses




Graduate level courses that are not on this list may be approved toward the MS degree in Health and Human Performance. This will be determined on a case by case basis.


Total 36 Credit Hours