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Applied Health Physiology

Course Descriptions

AHPH 502  INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH    3CR

Methods of investigating physiological mechanisms within the human clinical context; development of skills for producing as well as consuming research by proposing a research plan.  Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 512  PERFORMANCE: THEORY AND PRACTICE   3CR

Examination of strength training techniques and program design.  Emphasis placed on proper form and utilization of various workout designs to complement larger training goals.  Students will gain experience in the theoretical and practical aspects of designing individual workout sessions, periodization, and programming to enhance progression.  The course is designed to assist the student in meeting the requirements to be eligible for and pass the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam (Additional fee required for examination). Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 513  EXERCISE AND STRENGTH TRAINING FOR REHABILITATION   3CR

Review of the injury processes to bones and muscles that affect strengthening techniques and ability as well as the Interaction of complicating medical history on exercise programs.  Students will apply concepts of strengthening, cardiovascular and stretching techniques and design integrated programs for individuals with various medical conditions. Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

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AHPH 514  MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY, ADAPTATIONS TO TRAINING AND SUPPLEMENTS  3CR 

Examination of muscle structure and function. Focus on muscle response to aerobic and resistance training and alterations induced via supplement use. Additionally, students examine the influence of muscle disuse and response to injury.  Prerequisite: Admission to graduate study. Three hours per week.

AHPH 515 APPLIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING   3CR

Application of concepts and principles presented in AHPH 512 and AHPH 513. Students will be assigned a group of athletes to train. The student will work under the direction of the course instructor to design, implement and modify the strength and conditioning programs for their athletes. Emphasis will be placed on tailoring the strength and conditioning programs to best meet the individual athlete's needs. Prerequisite: AHPH 512, and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR. Three hours per week.

AHPH 532 EXERCISE METABOLISM   3CR 

A systematic, in-depth examination of the regulation of metabolic processes during exercise. Emphasis on carbohydrate, lipid, and amino acid pathways in skeletal muscle, adipose tissue, and the liver. Also includes an examination of metabolic factors contributing to fatigue and metabolic adaptations to strength and endurance exercise training. Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 534  HUMAN PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY   3CR
Study of the interrelationships between the mind and body.  Examination of current research and historical views on the interaction of physiological processes and psychological function. Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 542. COMPREHENSIVE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT 3CR

Study of exercise programming guidelines as established by the American College of Sports Medicine. A strong focus is placed upon nutrition and weight control in conjunction with exercise prescription recommendation for a variety of clinical populations. Students gain practical experience in developing exercise programs for individuals with various conditions. Prerequisite: Admission to program. three hours per week

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AHPH 544  ESSENTIALS OF PHARMACOLOGY   3CR

Examination of the physiological mechanisms involved in the clinical treatment of individuals with medications. Emphasis placed on the pharmacological influence on therapeutic exercise program design, monitoring techniques, and patient outcomes.  Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 545  CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY   3 CR

Study of cardiopulmonary physiology with an emphasis on gas transport, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid - base regulation, response to exercise, and training adaptations. Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 546  SPECIAL POPULATIONS INTERVENTIONS   3CR

Study of the pathophysiology and psychosocial aspects of aging in populations with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with coronary artery disease (CAD).  Examination of the deleterious effects of COPD and CAD on physical and psychological functioning.  Emphasis on cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation as a mechanism to enhance quality of life in populations with COPD and/or CAD. Prerequisite: Admission to program.  Three hours per week.

AHPH 553  APPLIED CLINICAL PHYSIOLOGY   3CR

Study of common lab techniques used in physiologic health screening, fitness testing, and research.  Emphasis on cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

AHPH 557  APPLIED CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY   3CR

Using a case-based approach to enhance critical thinking, this course provides an in-depth study of applied cardiovascular/pulmonary physiology to Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). An expected course outcome is students' achieving certification as ACLS providers.  
Prerequisites: American Heart Association Basic Life Support and consent of Program Director. Three hours per week.

AHPH 562  TRENDS & ISSUES IN PHYSIOLOGY

In-depth examination of current literature in physiological journals.  Emphasis placed upon critical review of research in regards to methodology, data interpretation and conclusions derived from data.  Prerequisite: Admission to program. Three hours per week.

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AHPH 590 SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED HEALTH PHYSIOLOGY 3CR

Provides opportunities to investigate special themes or issues of interest for students in the health and fitness professions. Topics will vary by semester. May be repeated once under different course subtitles for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Three hours per week. 

AHPH 559. RESEARCH In PHYSIOLOGY 3 hours credit

Teams identify a novel research question and develop a research protocol designed to answer that question. This includes conducting a pertinent literature review, determining resource needs and preparing an explanation/defense appropriate for the SU Human Subjects Committee. Concurrently, discuss original research articles and gain practical experience contributing to an existing line of research. Prerequisite: AHPH 502. Six hours per week.

692. INTERNSHIP I 3 hours credit

A practical experience that requires the student to synthesize relevant professional knowledge and skills within a client care delivery environment. Prerequisite: Permission of program director, completion of 30 AHPH Program graduate hours. As required by the internship site: purchase of professional liability insurance, immunizations satisfaction, medical clearance to participate, criminal background investigation, drug screening and American Heart Association Basic Life Support.

693. INTERNSHIP II 3 hours credit

A practical experience that requires the student to synthesize relevant professional knowledge and skills within a client care delivery environment. Prerequisite/corequisite: AHPH 692, permission of program director, completion of 33 AHPH Program graduate hours. As required by the internship site: purchase of professional liability insurance, immunizations satisfaction, medical clearance to participate, criminal background investigation, drug screening and American Heart Association Basic Life Support.

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