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EdD in Health & Human Performance Program Overview

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The EdD in Leadership – Health & Human Performance is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students to pursue academic, clinical, leadership, and/or research roles in the fields of health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance and other related disciplines.The program emphasizes a rigorous application of evidenced based research, assessment, and scholarship as the basis for identifying and addressing issues arising out of the intersection of physical activity, health promotion, and human performance. The 61 credit hour program includes coursework in leadership, health, exercise science, research, statistics and a 9 credit hour dissertation requirement. 

 

Program Features

  • Program is offered 100% online
  • Interdisciplinary degree programs
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • No residency requirement or onsite visit required
  • Tuition Guarantee
  • Fall, Spring, and Summer start dates available
  • $711 per credit hour

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Health Science, Exercise Science, or related field with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogy Test (MAT), there is no minimum score requirement; however, the score is evaluated by the program coordinator during the application process. GRE or MAT must be taken within the past three years.

Required Documentation

  • Application for admission: Apply online.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner at a level typical of graduate work. A paper from your master’s program would be most appropriate. This sample should approach, but not exceed, five pages in length.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Objective Statement, including statement of career goals and research interests.
  • Transcripts: Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned.
  • International Transcripts: Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work.
  • While we prefer electronic submission direct to your advisor via email, you may also mail documents to:
    Concordia University Chicago
    Office of Graduate Admissions and Services
    Addison Hall, Office 158
    7400 Augusta Street
    River Forest, Illinois 60305-1499
  • Application documents may also be faxed to 708.777.4773 or emailed to exsci.admissions@cuchicago.edu.

Highlights

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EdD in Health & Human Performance Curriculum
Health and Human Performance Specialization Courses 30 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
HHP 7000
Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise
This course examines cardiovascular adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. The course will provide an in-depth analysis of metabolic, systemic, and hormonal responses to the stress of exercise and the adaptive changes that occur with training, as well as the underlying mechanisms.
3
HHP 7010
Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise
This course examines neuromuscular adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of neuromuscular structure and function, motor unit recruitment during different types of movement, and muscle adaptations to resistance and endurance training.
3
 
Cognate Elective
Students may elect graduate coursework in Health & Human Performance, exercise science, sports nutrition, human movement science, sports performance training, strength and conditioning, gerontology, and fitness.
3
HHP 7030
Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition
This course examines the latest evidence-based principles and recommendations on meal, energy, and nutrient timing for optimal fueling and performance. Topics include principles of nutrient timing, regulation of metabolism by micronutrients and macronutrients and their role in weight control in athletes, safety and validity of supplements and ergogenic aids, and nutritional aspects of optimal performance.
3
 
Cognate Elective
Students may elect graduate coursework in Health & Human Performance, exercise science, sports nutrition, human movement science, sports performance training, strength and conditioning, gerontology, and fitness.
3
GME 6300
Introduction to Grants
Provides an overview of key components of the grant process. Identifying priorities, utilizing grant databases and distinguishing various giving sources such as foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. Strategies for proposal development, researching, identifying, and cultivating partnerships.
3
HHP 7050
Program Design in Physical Activity and Health
This course examines planning and organization of health programs. Students will investigate, contrast, develop, and evaluate a variety in intervention activities. Theories regarding techniques to enhance behavior change and instructional design strategies to meet the health needs of a diverse population will be explored.
3
HHP 7060
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The course examines the process of disease prevention and control through the education and advocacy of health promotion. Students will examine the physiological and medical factors associated with common diseases/conditions including asthma, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and other metabolic disease states. Students examine various topics while utilizing methods of health communication for prevention/control of chronic diseases.
3
 
Cognate Elective
Students may elect graduate coursework in Health & Human Performance, exercise science, sports nutrition, human movement science, sports performance training, strength and conditioning, gerontology, and fitness.
3
 
Cognate Elective
Students may elect graduate coursework in Health & Human Performance, exercise science, sports nutrition, human movement science, sports performance training, strength and conditioning, gerontology, and fitness.
3
Research and Statistics 10 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
RES 7900
Research Design
Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.
4
RES 7605
Quantitative Analysis
An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.
4
RES 7700
Qualitative Analysis
An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.
3
RES 7810
Methods of Action Research Inquiry
Principles and application of action research planning, implementation and reflection in educational environments. Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individual approaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools and/or organizations.
3
Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics 12 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
EDL 7140
Organizational Change
Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.
3
FPR 7011
Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education and schooling. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions.
3
EDL 7210
Policy Analysis
Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.
3
HHP 7090
Ethical Issues in HHP
This course examines the ethical conflicts and challenges around autonomy, liberty, individual rights, and the common good in regard to healthful living and quality of life. Human rights, civil rights, influence of race, social class, and gender/sex will be examined in the context of health issues, such as social determinants of illness, health promotion and behavior modification, social justice, and research equity. Ethical considerations will center on the program design, evaluation, and research aspects related to Health and Human Performance with special attention to inclusion.
3
Dissertation/Comprehensive Exam 9 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
COMP 7000
Comprehensive Exam
 
4
DIS 7010-7040
Dissertation
 
9
Cognate Electives 12 Credit Hours (choose 4)
Course Number Course Title Credits
HHP 7020
Exercise for Disease Prevention and Management
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a framework for evaluating current
information on exercise recommendations for special populations. Students will engage in an in-depth
analysis of the implications for exercise in preventing and managing obesity, coronary heart disease,
diabetes, cancer, asthma, neurological conditions and musculoskeletal conditions.
3
HHP 7100
Seminar in Health & Human Performance
 
3
HHP 7040
Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Human Performance
This course develops skills for the selection, development, and implementation of various types of instruments and techniques for measuring and evaluating health and human performance interventions. Evaluation of these interventions includes general health behaviors, health-related fitness, nutritional and dietary intake, body composition, and other areas related to an individual’s quality of life. Students will learn methods for developing/choosing psychometric and biometric tools, choosing appropriate evaluation designs, procedures for data collection, and describing evaluation results.
3
HHP 7070
The Professoriate
 
3
AES 6200
Applied Exercise Physiology
Effects of exercise on the major systems of the human body, including cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, glandular and digestive; with emphasis on optimizing human performance. Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6300
Exercise and Sports Nutrition
Explores the relationships between nutrition, energy metabolism, and exercise and sport performance, with an in-depth analysis of dietary and nutritional supplementation.
3
AES 6400
Principles of Fitness and Health Promotion
Examines a systematic approach to personal training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. The course provides an overview of evidence-based principles of fitness assessment, program design, balance, flexibility, strength, stabilization, and power. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6500
Principles of Human Movement Science
Examines a systematic approach for identifying neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6600
Principles of Sports Performance Training
Examines a systematic approach to integrated performance training using the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Designed to prepare students interested in
154 becoming a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Prerequisite: AES-6010 Functional Anatomy or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6320
Vitamins and Minerals
Examination of the role and function of vitamins and minerals from physiological and clinical perspectives.
3
AES 6420
Program Design in Fitness and Health promotion
Explores program design principles for fitness and health promotion, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: AES-6400 Principles of Fitness and Health Promotion or consent of instructor.
3
AES 6520
Program Design in Corrective Exercise Training
Explores program design principles for corrective exercise training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum. Prerequisite: AES-6500 Principles of Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6620
Program design in Sports Performance Training
Explores program design principles for integrated sports performance training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Optimum Performance Training model. Prerequisite: AES-6600 Principles of Sports Performance Training or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6340
Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management
Examines nutrition and exercise strategies for weight management with an emphasis on metabolic, physiological and psychological factors.
3
AES 6380
Special Topics: Sports Performance Training
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports nutrition.
3
AES 6460
Bus Dev and Entrepreneurship in Fitness and Health
Interfaces between human resource management, operations, marketing, and entrepreneurship within the context of entrepreneurial, for-profit and nonprofit fitness and health promotion ventures. Prerequisite: AES-6440 Practicum: Fitness and Health Promotion or consent of instructor.
3
AES 6560
Special Topics: Seminar in Human Movement Science
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in human movement science. Prerequisite: AES-6540 Practicum: Human Movement Science or permission of instructor.
3
AES 6660
Special Topics: Sports Performance Training
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports performance training. Prerequisite: AES-6640 Practicum: Sports Performance Training or consent of instructor.
3
GERO 7560
Socio-Cultural Aspects of Aging
Presents a socio-cultural perspective on the aging process. This course examines social and cultural factors that influence aging and the nature of the integration of older adults into society, as well as the way in which population aging affects the larger society.
3
GERO 7820
Leadership, Applied Ethics, Aging & Global Change
Examines the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice, and the moral implications of decision-making as they relate to gerontological leadership. Considers the ethical challenges and decision criteria facing leaders, the role of politics and power in organizations and the leader’s ability to promote and infuse organizational ethics and integrity in an aging and globalized world.
3
GERO 7505
The Psychological Aspects of Aging
Presents a socio-cultural perspective on the aging process. This course examines social and cultural factors that influence aging and the nature of the integration of older adults into society, as well as the way in which population aging affects the larger society.
3
GERO 7000
Gerontological Theory
Reviews major types of gerontological theory within the context of theoretical paradigms. This course explores the differences and commonalities within the various theoretical strands of knowledge construction within gerontology.
3
GERO 7805
Issues in Aging Policy
Explores the development, implementation, and analysis of social policy in the United States on major issues affecting older people. Considers the determinants of aging policy. The policy making process and development of legislation are analyzed as factors related to the making of policy for older adults.
3
GERO 7800
Demography and Epidemiology of Aging
Explores fertility, mortality, and global aging; distribution of health and illness within a population; age based migration and its impact on locations of origin and destination; variations in health and mortality by gender, race, ethnicity, and social class; impact of health and mortality patterns for individuals, society and public policy.
3
GERO 7500
The Physiology of Aging
Presents an in-depth analysis of the biology of aging, building up from changes occurring at the molecular and cellular level and analyzing the consequences at the organism level. Examines the influence of these age-related changes in what are commonly considered a disease of aging.
3
GERO 7900
Diversity in Aging Societies
Explores how ethnicity, race, gender structures the lives of individuals throughout the life course and how other factors such as age, cohort, and class intersect with these realities. This course considers how the lives of people differ across diverse strata and how social policies shape individuals lives.
3
GERO 7810
Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Gerontology
Exploration and application of teaching and learning strategies for communicating gerontological knowledge. This course addresses teaching gerontology in classroom settings as well as in public settings to a variety of audiences in applied and policy settings.
3
GERO 6000
Perspectives in Gerontology
Introductory course for the masters of arts in gerontology program that provides students with a comprehensive overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology. Involves several academic disciplines or professional specializations in an approach to gerontology. Substantive, conceptual, and methodological issues central to the study of aging and the life course are explored.
3
GERO 6160
Sociology of Aging
This course examines the impacts of aging on individuals and societies, including social, cultural, and individual reactions to the aging in the society and the diversity of reactions to aging. Theoretical frameworks for aging and involvement will be presented, examined, and integrated. Field trips may be required.
3
GERO 6045
Aging, Values, Attitudes, and Ethics
Provides an overview of ethics as they relate to aging and older adults. This course examines a variety of ethical and moral issues at the clinical, social, cultural, policy, and individual levels. Students explore key value issues that shape societal and individual perceptions about ethics and aging. This course considers the ethical implications of ageism.
3
GERO 6050
Adult Development and Aging
This course promotes integrity as students acquire attitudes and skills that promote the understanding of adult development with special attention paid to the aging process. It further promotes integrity as students learn to suspend judgment and draw various fields together in order to understand and provide quality care services to the aging population with sensitivity to cultural differences. Students obtain the knowledge of techniques and research while attaining competency in the timely use of various person-centered interventions. As knowledge and competency develop, a sense of confidence and leadership is cultivated.
3
GERO 6500
Public Policies and Aging
The course provides an overview and analysis of the policy making process and policy initiatives as these affect older adults in society.
3
GERO 6510
Diversity in Aging
This course focuses on the differences and diversity of the aging population from a national perspective. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, social class, spiritual and economic issues.
3

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EdD in Health & Human Performance Faculty

The faculty at Concordia University can be found hard at work in the fields they teach-specialties in kinesiology and sports studies.At Concordia, we realize that a top-flight education in only possible with best-in-class instructors with real-world experience. We recruit passionate professionals from around the globe who are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Our faculty are experienced and distinguished, combining years of hands-on clinic experience with extensive academic knowledge and teaching experience. Many of our faculty have the highest credential available in the field in which they teach. They demonstrate the highest degree of professional skills, and find unique ways to convey that knowledge in our remote online curriculum.

Robert Ferguson, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Exercise Science and Pedagogy, University of Arkansas
MA in Health and Physical Education, Adams State College
BA in Business Administration, Adams State College 

 

BIO:
Dr. Robert Ferguson is an adjunct faculty member teaching in the web-based graduate program in Applied Exercise Science. Dr. Ferguson is the director of physical education and physical education project director in the Springdale Public Schools in Springdale, AR. He has also served as a grant consultant for school fitness and wellness programs and coaching/teacher continuing education. He has spent over 20 years working in higher education both as a track & field coach and teaching exercise science, coaching education, and teacher education coursework.
Previously, he was a full time faculty member at the University of Arkansas and Kentucky Wesley College from 1993 until 2006. He has taught exercise science, physical activity, and fitness related coursework at the University of the Ozarks (AR) and Northwestern State University (LA). Additionally, he was an exercise physiology instructor for Level I and Level II coaching certification programs for USA Track & Field from 2000 to 2010. He has coached college and high school track at Adams State College, Northwestern State University, Springdale Har-Ber HS and Tucumcari HS (NM).
He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas in 1997, a Master of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Adams State College in 1988, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Adams State College in 1986. While at Adams State, he was a member of the track & field and cross country teams and was an eight-time All-American and National Champion. He also ran post collegiately as a member of the Reebok Racing Team. His research interests include exercise and performance in the heat, fitness assessment, and teaching and coaching education.

Kimberly Harris, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Health Science, University of Arkansas
MS in Kinesiology, California University of Pennsylvania
BS in Education, Kinesiology, and Exercise Science
Michael Heifferon, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD — Motor Learning/Orthopedic Sports Medicine, The University of Toledo
MS – Strength Training and Athletic Conditioning, The Ohio State University
MBA — Healthcare Administration, Baker College, Flint Michigan, MI
BA – Physical Education, The Ohio State University 

 

BIO:
A native of Rochester New York, Michael Heifferon completed his Bachelor of Education and Master of Science at The Ohio State University. He earned his Doctorate of Science from The University of Toledo and Masters in Business Administration from Baker College. Over the past 29 years as an athletic trainer, Michael has worked with the New York Yankees, The Ohio State University, The United States Olympic Committee and United States Anti-Doping Agency. Additionally, during that period of time Michael was selected to participate as a Doping Control Officer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Additionally, from 1992 until present Michael has remained a health care administrator with a career in strengthening and leading all areas of operations within ambulatory, orthopedic, primary care, occupational, pain management and sports medicine practices. His diverse healthcare management experience includes achieving bottom line objectives, improving organization communication, and negotiator with success in securing advantageous contracts with strategic business partners, professional staff, insurance providers, and vendors. Other areas of interest and strengths include marketing, financial budgets, joint ventures, benchmarking and strategic planning and implementation.

Ayanna Lyles, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
MS in Athletic Training Education, California University of Pennsylvania
BS in Sport Science with emphasis in Athletic Training, University of Connecticut 

 

BIO:
A doctoral graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Dr. Lyles’ has presented at the NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association) Educator’s Conference, the AAHPERD (American Association for Health, Physical, Education, Recreation, and Dance) National Convention, the SOPHE (Society for Public Health Educator) Annual Meeting, the Columbia University Annual Health Disparities Conference, and the High Performance Center in Pretoria, South Africa, and the Global Internship Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Lyles’s maintains two research foci in education, problem-based learning in athletic training and health education including health disparities, cultural competency, and multicultural education.

Theresa Miyashita, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Education in Biomedical Sciences
MA in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training, University of North Carolina
BS in Athletic Training, Canisius College 

 

BIO:
I have worked in Higher Education for the last nine years as a Clinical Education Coordinator and now as a Program Director. My area of focus is on college athletes-injury prevention, evaluation, rehabilitation, and functional return to play assessments. I have worked with a variety of athletes at varying levels of competition. My research focuses on sports-related concussions.
I am a Subject Matter Expert for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and serve on a variety of school, state, regional, and national committees including by not limited to: Internal Review Board, Legislative Task Force on Youth Concussion, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Research & Education Committee, and PINK Concussions Medical Advisor.

Jordan Moon, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Florida Atlantic University
BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Corporate Fitness and Wellness, Grand Valley State University 

 

BIO:
Dr. Jordan R. Moon has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years with 6 years of online teaching experience and been actively involved in strength and conditioning for over 15 years. Dr. Moon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D) and a Certified Health and Fitness Specialist (HFS). Dr. Moon has trained all levels of athletes, including professionals in Major League baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, as well as college athletes and teams in addition to youth and fitness clients. He has presented over 40 lectures at multiple scientific conferences and has published more than 125 research articles and abstracts in the areas of sports nutrition and human body composition and changes regarding age and fitness level.

Ronald Wagner, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, and Pedagogy, University of Arkansas
MS in Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University
MS in Physical Education, Eastern Kentucky University
BS in Health Management and Athletic Training, Southeast Missouri State University

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

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EdD in Health & Human Performance Tuition & Fees
Our tuition is reasonable and will not change over time.

Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. And for graduates, the benefits of obtaining a Master of Science degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median of earnings for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a master’s degree or higher was $59,200, compared to just $44,970 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.

EhD in Health & Human Performance Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $711
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $1775
TOTAL $46,061

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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EdD in Health & Human Performance Career Options
A variety of careers are attainable with a Doctoral degree in Health & Human Performance

Our doctoral degree programs are 100% online, allowing students to achieve real-life success in their chosen profession, while advancing their careers.

Graduates with a doctoral degree in education and sports studies go on to serve in a variety of capacities in performance, education, and leadership careers. Our students emerge from our programs in as little as three years with:

  • Increased earning potential
  • Job security
  • Job opportunities
  • Increased job satisfaction

Explore the following career opportunities. Talk with your student advisor for additional information on which degree program is right for you. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • University Faculty
  • Education, Health, and Human Performance Researchers
  • University Leadership Positions
  • Education Administration
  • Non-profit and Private Sector Liaisons
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Training and Development Managers

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

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