Applied Health Science Courses

Messiah College Course Catalog

APHS 170 Concepts of Conditioning (2)
Introduction to the basic foundations of physical fitness and wellness concepts. Particular emphasis is placed on the fitness components of cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscle strength and endurance, and labs emphasizing flexibility. Students design and implement individualized exercise programs, and significant class time is devoted to vigorous sport and exercise sessions.

APHS 210 Exercise Psychology (3)
The course provides an overview of psychological issues related to exercise and health behavior, including and understanding the concepts, principles and theories that relate to the practice of promoting and supporting regular exercise participation, patterns, and modification. Emphasis will be given to the psychological influences and consequences of exercise participation on positive health behaviors, and the impact of exercise on mental health states such as depression and anxiety. Social influences that impact exercise behavior will also be explored. (Alternate years, offered 2012-2013.)

APHS 215 Chronic Disease and Exercise (3)
The course provides students with a basic understanding of the epidemiology of chronic disease and the role exercise has in the management and treatment of the disease. The course will examine diseases such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal disease/disorders, and pulmonary disease. In addition, the course will address intervention strategies for risk reduction and chronic disease prevention for the individual as well as the broader community. (Alternate years, offered Fall 2013.)

APHS 220 Health Promotion Management (3)
The course provides the student with the history and current practice of health promotion and fitness instruction that can be used in a variety of health and exercise settings (e.g., corporate fitness, schools, non-profit organizations, hospital based programs, or service programs). Students will survey current health promotion topics, how to implement the administrative structure to conduct the programs, and assessment tools to evaluate the programs.

APHS 225 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3)
A course designed to introduce the theoretical basis and application process of research in the field of exercise science. The course explores the concepts of the research process, research design, ethical issues for the use of human subjects, and organizing a literature review. The students will also be introduced to the statistical concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics; including correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, factorial design and regression analysis.

APHS 271 Kinesiology (3)
Detailed study of human balance and motion, including the application of physical laws to action of bones, muscles, and their articulations. Practical application to physical education activities.

APHS 301 Exercise Physiology (4)
Physiological adjustments of major organs and systems to exercise, including theories and principles for improving performance. Examination of current literature and research. An analysis of ethical and physiological implications of using scientific technology to enhance performance.

APHS 310 Elite Athletic Performance (3)
The course will utilize students’ backgrounds in biomechanics and exercise physiology to examine training methods and models that facilitate sport performance at the elite level. Profile characteristics of elite athletes will be presented as well as the relationship between inherited and acquired capacities responsible for elite performance. Attention will also be given to ways that technology is currently being used to enhance elite athletic performance. Prerequisite of HPED 322. (Alternate years, offered Spring 2012.)

APHS 315 Stress Testing and ECG Interpretation (3)
The course provides the student with an understanding of basic electrocardiogram interpretation for the normal and the diseased heart at rest and during graded exercise testing. The course will review the anatomy and physiology of the cardio respiratory system and will include a survey of electrocardiography, including the topics of rate, rhythm, hypertrophy, axis determination, atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, conduction defects, myocardial ischemia, and myocardial infarction. Prerequisite: HPED 322 or Instructor’s consent. (Alternate years, offered Spring 2012.)

APHS 330 Advanced Research Methods (1–3)
Students will carry out the research project proposed in the Research Methods course under the direction of faculty mentors. The semester will culminate with the submission of the final two chapters (results and discussion) and a presentation at a departmental colloquium. Prerequisite: HEXS 225.

APHS 360 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)
Practical experience in using physiological laboratory instrumentation. Emphasis on appropriate application of test results to the planning of individual fitness programs. Populations discussed include adults, elderly, cardiac patients, and athletes. Particular emphasis on data collection using bicycle ergometers and treadmills. Includes two hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: HPED 322.

APHS 391 Health and Exercise Science Practicum (1-3)
Practical experience related to health, physical education, athletic or leisure programming, or health and fitness. May involve experience as an instructional aide, athletic trainer, recreational sports, or off-campus employee. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

APHS 410 Topics in Health and Exercise Science (2–3)
Seminar in which content may change depending on when it is offered. Possible topics include sport and ethics; sport and Christianity; competition in sport and leisure; sport and leisure related in culture; trends in sport and leisure; the effects of technology in sport and leisure; problems in youth sports; the influence of sport in society; and the influence of sport in politics.

APHS 412 Senior Seminar for Health and Exercise Science (3)
This capstone course will investigate contemporary exercise science issues with a look to preparing students as future servant-leaders in society. Topics for discussion will include preparation for the senior capstone exam, current exercise trends in society, popular nutritional supplements, national certifications related to personal training and conditioning, physical therapy and graduate school expectations, and vocational issues. Through readings and class discussions, students will formulate a personal written philosophy articulating their mission as a Christian professional in the field of exercise science.

APHS 415 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
The course provides an advanced study of the physiological responses and adaptations to physical activity. Emphasis is placed on human bioenergetics, skeletal muscle structure and function, and the cardiovascular system. The critical analysis of the effect of exercise on human physiologic function will include in-depth examination of current literature. Prerequisite: HPED 322. (Alternate years, offered 2012-2013.)

APHS 491 Independent Study in Health and Exercise Science (1-3)
Independent research with faculty supervision.

APHS 497, 498 Major Honors (3,3)
Independent research program for students who have a strong academic record for a minimum of five previous semesters of college study. GPA of 3.5 and departmental approval required for enrollment.

HPED 305 Contemporary Issues in Health (3)
An indepth study of selective, contemporary health issues. An emphasis on exploring Healthy People 2000 Objectives is included.

HPED 423 Principles of Administration (3)
A study of leadership, basic skills, processes, and functions of management pertaining to physical education, fitness, and sport. The development of an extensive policies and procedures manual that includes, but is not limited to the following components: mission statement, objectives/goals, code of ethics, organizational plan, policies, facility plans, and operational budget. The case study approach is heavily utilized for the student practice decision making skills. (Offered Spring Term only.)