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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Public Health Physical Activity

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The curriculum prepares professionals in physical activity promotion research and evidence-based practice. Courses examine the psychological as well as social and environmental factors associated with initiating and/or adhering to exercise programs and physically active lifestyles.

Note: All students admitted Fall 2016 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.

“Core” requirements (15 or 17 credit hours)
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:

  • Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Health (3 hrs)
  • Epidemiology: 2 options:
    • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) OR
    • MPH 708 Veterinary Epidemiology (2 hrs) and MPH 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs) (TOTAL of 5 credit hours)
  • Health services administration: MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)

Required Courses and Credit Hours Needed

Required Courses: 9 hours

KIN 610

Program Planning and Evaluation (3 hrs)

KIN 612

Policy, Built Environment and Physical Activity (3 hrs)

KIN 805

 Physical Activity and Human Behavior (3 hrs)

Choose remaining courses from the list below (7-12 hours)

KIN 600

Psychology of Physical Activity (3 hrs)

KIN 602

Gender in Sport and Exercise (3 hrs)

KIN 606

Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology (3 hrs)

KIN 614

Physical Activity Behavior Settings: Youth Sport to Senior Centers (3 hrs)

KIN 625

Exercise Testing and Prescription (3 hrs)

KIN 635

Nutrition and Exercise (3 hrs)

KIN 655

Fitness Promotion (3 hrs)

KIN 797

Topics: Public Health Physical Activity Behavior (3 hrs)

KIN 815

Research Methods in Kinesiology (3 hrs)

KIN 851

Topics in the Physiological Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs) (Students without an undergraduate class in physiology will be required to take this class.)

KIN 852

Topics in the Behavioral Basis of Kinesiology (1-3 hrs) (Students without an undergraduate class in behavior science will be required to take this class.)

KIN 896

Independent Study (instructor permission (1-3 hrs)

AAI 801

Interdisciplinary Process (online Manhattan; face-to-face Olathe) (3 hrs)

FNDH 600

Public Health Nutrition (3 hrs)

FNDH 844

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 hrs)

MC 750 

 Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs) (alternate years)


Wealth, Power and Privilege (3 hrs)


Sociology of Women (3 hrs)


Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States (3 hrs)

STAT 705

Regression and Analyses of Variance (3 hrs)

STAT 710

Sample Survey Methods (3 hrs)

STAT 716

Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)

STAT 717

Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs)

STAT 720

Design Experiments (3 hrs)

STAT 725

Intro to SAS Computing (1 hr)

STAT 730

Multivariate Statistics Methods (3 hrs)

Capstone/culminating experience (6 credit hours)
Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All students admitted BEFORE Fall 2012 may follow the old requirements  or the new requirements (above).