While earning your Doctoral degree in Health and Human Performance you’ll choose 4 Cognate Electives. 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. Below is a list of the Cognate Electives to choose from:

Course Number Course 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.
HHP 7100
Seminar in Health & Human Performance
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the students to study a specific topic/area of interest within the field and develop an academically sound project with the aid of an advisor. Topics/ area of interest will be approved by the Program Director. Independent study should be related to specific program design of Health & Human Performance interventions, grant proposals for agency submission, or academic manuscript preparation for professional presentation and/or publication. This course will culminate in an independent study that will directly demonstrate program competencies.
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.
HHP 7070
The Professoriate
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the professor in American colleges and universities. Topics will include teaching and advising strategies, job search strategies, academic research requirement, the tenure system, and issues facing women and faculty of color, and professional socialization.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
AES 6810
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Explore the foundations of strength and conditioning as established by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Design and critique strength and conditioning programs based on NSCA guidelines. Designed to prepare students interested in becoming Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
AES 6320
Vitamins and Minerals
Examination of the role and function of vitamins and minerals from physiological and clinical perspectives.
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.
AES 6520
Program Design in Corrective Exercise
Explores program design principles for corrective exercise training, with an emphasis on the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Continuum.
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.
AES 6820
Advanced Strength and Conditioning Theory
Explore the principles of resistance training and periodization. Develop periodized programs based on foundational and current literature. Critique and justify programming selections.
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.
AES 6380
Special Topics: Seminar in Sports Nutrition
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports nutrition.
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.
AES 6560
Special Topics: Seminar in Human Movement Science
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in human movement science.
AES 6660
Special Topics: Sports Performance Training
In-depth study of selected advanced topics in sports performance training.
AES 6860
Seminar in Strength and Conditioning
In depth exploration and analysis of advanced topics in strength and conditioning. Evaluation of current industry trends and practices. Creation of personal strength and conditioning philosophy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.