About the Program
The one-year master’s program provides specialized training in physical activity programming for healthy and clinical populations in a city recognized as one of America’s healthiest places to live.
A primary objective of the program is to prepare health professionals to implement evidence-based programs in communities, workplaces, schools, etc… that address the needs of those specific populations. In PAWS, the science underlying the relationship between physical (in)activity and chronic disease will be examined and the impact that has on not only an individual level but also what that means for the population as a whole.
Upon completion of the M.S., the successful student should be able to identify the current health of a population, identify the population’s needs, identify what resources are already in place that could be accessed and applicable to the population’s needs, design an evidence-based program targeting the population’s needs including key steps, timelines, and measurable outcomes, successfully implement and evaluate their program and then effectively communicate their findings with their community as well as policy makers if warranted.
Graduates are immediately eligible for employment in a wide variety of health care and public health settings and prepared for doctoral and professional programs in public and allied health.