About the Program Human Performance and Wellness Program
Human Performance and Wellness involves the scientific study of acute physiological, biomechanical, and nutritional responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions. Exercise scientists like exercise physiologists, biomechanists, nutritionists use exercise as a non-invasive means to investigate changes in physiologic systems, organs, tissues, cells, organelles and molecules. In addition, exercise scientists with a clinical interest study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Moreover, exercise scientists discover health and fitness benefits from different doses and types of physical activity, exercise and diet.
Human Performance and Wellness degree provides a strong academic foundation for individuals interested in careers in science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and weight management, lifestyle behavior change, sports physiology, coaching and other health- and fitness-related professions.
The Master of Science degree in Human Performance and Wellness provides the flexibility to customize your own program of advanced study in order to enhance your professional preparation and expertise in your current field or prepare for future doctoral studies. This degree requires a total of 36 credits of coursework. The first 12 credits are the Human Performance and Wellness core courses. For the remaining 24 credits, you can choose the specific courses from each specialization that meet your interests and career goals. To customize your program, up to six credits can be chosen from any other graduate level courses offered at Barry.
There is also the option for a Human Performance and Wellness degree with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.
You will select a graduate committee of faculty from various areas of specialization. This team will work with you to ensure that your plan of study is right for you and meets all graduation requirements.
The Master of Science in Human Performance and Wellness program can be personalized to meet your professional goals in your specific areas of interest, including courses in biomechanics, athletic training, exercise physiology and sport, exercise, and performance psychology.
The program is designed to:
FlexibilityThis unique program is designed to provide you with a flexible learning environment. While all students will gain the core knowledge of the field, the curriculum's electives, hands-on internships, and research thesis opportunities will enable you to focus on the specific areas that appeal to you.
South Florida LocationThe South Florida environment will provide you with a broad range of internship and practicum opportunities, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in different areas of movement science in order to choose a focus that interests you.
FacilitiesOur state-of-the-art facilities, including an Athletic Training room, Human Performance Lab, Performance Behavior Lab, and Biomechanics Lab, are designed to provide you with hands-on and research experience.
ExpertSince you will have the ability to take classes in all four areas of specialization, you will have access to all of the internationally-recognized faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.