University of Dayton
Academic Catalog

Health and Sport Science

Until further notice, applications are not being accepted for the Master of Science in Education, Physical Education Specialization.


Lloyd L. Laubach, Interim Department Chairperson
Philip A. Anloague, PT, DHSc, OCS, MTC, Program Director
C. Jayne Brahler, Ph.D., Research Coordinator
Harold Merriman, PT, Ph.D., CLT, Assistant Professor, General Medicine Coordinator
Kurt Jackson, PT, Ph.D., GCS, Assistant Professor , Neurology Coordinator
Joaquin A. Barrios, PT, DPT, Ph.D.
Betsy Donahue-Fillmore, PT, PhD., PCS
Terri Glenn, PT, Ph.D
Mary Insana Fisher, PT, MSPT, OCS, Advanced Therapy Coordinator
Sean P. Gallivan, PT, MS, NCS, CBIS, C/NDT


The Department of Health and Sport Science offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in exercise science. The DPT is a fully accredited professional program that aims to graduate knowledgeable, service-oriented, self-assured, adaptable, reflective practitioners who, by virtue of critical and integrative thinking, lifelong learning, and ethical values, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs that are supported by evidence; promote the health of the client; and enhance the professional, contextual, and collaborative foundations for practice. The M.S.Ed. in exercise science is designed to prepare individuals for careers in exercise science, corporate fitness, wellness, or personal training as well as for doctoral study in the exercise sciences. It has a scientific base which includes a substantive research emphasis. Graduates will also be prepared for the American College of Sports Medicine or National Strength and Conditioning Association certification exams.  The degree requires a research/capstone project that must be submitted to a professional journal for publication prior to graduation.


The coordinator of the graduate program within the department will act as the student's academic advisor. A personalized program will be planned with the student during the first term of enrollment in an effort to meet the student's professional and personal goals and needs. The coordinator will also counsel the student on the purpose and requirements of graduate work, selection of courses, and the options available within the department.


There are several graduate assistantships (GA) available within the Department of Health and Sport Science. In return for tuition remission and a stipend, GAs teach courses, labs, assist faculty with research, and participate in other departmental activities as appropriate.  Those interested in GA positions should contact the department chair.

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Master of Science in Exercise Science

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. Students must achieve an average of at least B (3.0) in all work undertaken to qualify for graduation. Students who receive grades of C or less in two courses will be dismissed from the program.

Research Component
Select one of the following:3
Rsch Methods & Design
Intro to Ed Research
Srv-Rs Prc/Dsn-Sp Sc
Select one of the following:3
Quant Rsch&Stats
Evl&Appl Stat-Sp Sci
Select one of the following:3
Adv Res Stat&Data Anl
Adv Stats/Sport Sci
Educational Component
EDT 500Models of Teaching3
HSS 540Instructnl Stratgies3
Professional Component
Select five of the following: *15
Safty&Law-Sprt Sci
Physio Resp-Exercise
Lab Technqs-Sprt Sci
Issues-Sport Sci Sem
Research Project
Total Hours30


HSS 591 Research Project and HSS 550 Physio Resp-Exercise are required.



HSS 531. Nutrition-Ex&Sport. 3 Hours

NUTRITION: EXERCISE AND SPORTS - Investigates the latest research trends in the nutritional assessment of the athlete. Topics will pertain to dietary needs, fluid replenishment, pre-game meals, and 'fad' diets for the athlete.

HSS 537. Biomechanics. 3 Hours

BIOMECHANICS - Investigations of physical principles operative in the performance of physical education activities with attempts to analyze for methods of greater effectiveness and improved performance.

HSS 540. Instructnl Stratgies. 3 Hours

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES - Contemporary research on teaching in physical education, sport instruction, and an in-depth study of Mosston's Spectrum of Teaching Styles serve as the primary foci of this course.

HSS 548. Safty&Law-Sprt Sci. 3 Hours

SAFETY AND LAW: SPORT SCIENCE - Study of basic safety measures to prevent injuries and avoid legal suits. Investigation of the fundamental principles involved in the legal aspects of sports in contemporary society. Analysis of specific court cases dealing with negligence in physical education and sport.

HSS 550. Physio Resp-Exercise. 3 Hours

PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE IN EXERCISE - Study of the physiological changes that occur during exercise and training.

HSS 551. Lab Technqs-Sprt Sci. 3 Hours

LABORATORY TECHNIQUES IN SPORT SCIENCE - The practical application of selected sport science tests and measurements. Emphasis will be placed on human performance (strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, and body composition) testing.

HSS 555. Srv-Rs Prc/Dsn-Sp Sc. 3 Hours

SPORT SCIENCE RESEARCH AND DESIGN PROCESSES - This course is designed to develop an understanding of the nature of the general field of sport science research. It emphasizes the application of various research processes and design, learning by doing, and learning through example. Intended for use by individuals who have minimal knowledge of statistics.

HSS 556. Issues-Sport Sci Sem. 2 Hours

ISSUES IN SPORT SCIENCE - Seminar to investigate and report on a specific issue in sport science.

HSS 560. Evl&Appl Stat-Sp Sci. 3 Hours

EVALUATION AND APPLICATION OF STATISTICS IN SPORT SCIENCE - Application of descriptive and inferential statistics to sport science tests and measurements. Quantitative analysis of selected physical fitness, motor performance, and body composition data.

HSS 563. Adv Stats/Sport Sci. 3 Hours

ADVANCED STATISTICS IN SPORT SCIENCE - The theory and hands-on applications of various social science statistical analyses to include: independent and dependent groups t-test, analysis of variance and covariance, multiple regression and non-parametric analyses. Students will use selected statistical software packages to execute real-world analyses problems.

HSS 575. Ind Std-Phy Ed/Sp Sc. 1-6 Hours

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT SCIENCE - Individual investigations of a problem in sport science. Students may not register for HSS 575 without having completed HSS 555 and HSS 560.

HSS 582. Intrnshp-Sport Sci. 1-4 Hours

INTERNSHIP IN SPORT SCIENCE - Job-related experience under the immediate supervision of personnel from a local sport science agency.

HSS 591. Research Project. 1-6 Hours

RESEARCH PROJECT - The development, planning, execution, analysis and manuscript completion of a research thesis in the sport sciences. The specific research question will be the student's choice with concurrence from his/her project advisor. Submission of the written product to a peer-reviewed research journal of at least national distribution is required before graduation. Students will also complete a successful oral defense of the thesis before the predesignated thesis team of at least three graduate faculty members from the School of Education & Allied Professions, two of which are from the Department of Health & Sport Science.