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Health Sciences

Dr. Robert Koslow, Academic Unit Head
     Phone: (540) 568-6510
     Web site: http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/

Dr. Patricia Brevard, Ph.D., R.D., Graduate Coordinator
Dietetics and Nutrition and Physical Activity

Mr. James Hammond, P.A.-C, Graduate Coordinator
Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Jeff Loveland, O.T.D., O.T.R./L, Graduate Coordinator
Master of Occupational Therapy Program

Professors
A. Bopp, P. Brevard, J. Hammond, R. Koslow, J. Thompson, D. Wenos, M. Wessel

Associate Professors
P. Bailey, D. Cockley, B.K. Diduch, J. Gloeckner, J. Loveland, D. Sutton, D. Torisky, T. Wagner

Assistant Professors
C. Cadieux, A. Kent, K. Lewis, S. Maiewski, C. Peterson, M. Rittenhouse,
J. Wenos, A. Russell Yun

Instructor
E. Richardson

Overview
The Department of Health Sciences is home to three graduate programs: M.S. in health sciences with a concentration in either dietetics or nutrition and physical activity; M.O.T. in occupational therapy; M.P.A.S. in physician assistant studies. The department also offers a health services administration track in the M.B.A. program.

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Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for programs in the Department of Health Sciences vary by program. Refer to the specific program for admission criteria and deadlines.

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Mission
The graduate programs in health sciences are dedicated to preparing students to become evidence-based critical thinkers in the health sciences. Specifically, these programs build upon the undergraduate health sciences programs by providing a more detailed knowledge base that is fortified by self-directed learning experiences and the development of practical, clinical and/or research skills.

Goals
The specific goals of the graduate programs in health sciences are designed to help students develop their critical thinking abilities while expanding their knowledge in the rapidly changing health-related environments. Specifically, students will be able to:

The mission and goals are based, in part, on the Standards for the Preparation of Graduate-Level Health Educators.

In the Master of Science programs, courses must be selected with the approval of the major adviser in accordance with the program requirements. Students electing a major in the health sciences department are expected to have adequate undergraduate preparation in the chosen area of graduate study and satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores.

Students entering the dietetics or nutrition and physical activity concentrations of the health sciences graduate program who do not possess the required prerequisites must obtain them before beginning the program.

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Master of Science Concentrations
Health Sciences: Dietetics Concentration
         Dr. Patricia Brevard, Graduate Concentration Coordinator
         Phone: (540) 568-6362

A master of science degree in health sciences may be pursued with a concentration in dietetics. The program includes course work in advanced nutrition, topics in foods, professional issues in dietetics, management in dietetics settings, research methods, nutrition and disease, nutrigenomics, and geriatric nutrition. In addition to course work, students must plan, conduct and publish a research project. The prerequisite for admission to this program is the Registered Dietitian credential.

Dietetics Concentration Degree Requirements

Minimum Requirements
Credit Hours
MATH 522. Statistics for Researchers
3
NUTR 655. Integrated Nutrition
3
NUTR 654. Current Topics in Foods
3
NUTR 660. Research Techniques/Research Methods in Dietetics
3
Choose one of the following options:
6-7
Nonthesis option:
     NUTR 681. Directed Research in Dietetics I (two credits)
     NUTR 682. Directed Research in Dietetics II (two credits)
     NUTR 695. Seminar and Research Interpretation in Dietetics (one credit, twice)
Thesis option:
     HTH 700. Thesis Research (six credits)
     NUTR 695. Seminar and Research Interpretation in Dietetics (one credit)
Choose 12 hours from the following elective courses:
12
     NUTR 545. Nutrition and Exercise
     NUTR 555. Theories and Practices of Weight Management
     NUTR 650. Nutrition Education and Counseling
     NUTR 671. Nutrition in Disease Development, Progression and Prevention
     NUTR 672. Professional Practice Issues in Dietetics
     NUTR 673. Advanced Management in Dietetics
     NUTR 674. Optimal Nutritional Health for Older Adults
     NUTR 675. Nutrigenomics

Health Sciences: Interdisciplinary Program in Nutrition and Physical Activity
This 33 credit hour master's program permits students to major in health sciences or kinesiology with a concentration in nutrition and physical activity. Students must declare a major in either health sciences or kinesiology with a concentration in nutrition and physical activity. This graduate program has been planned for registered dietitians or persons with an undergraduate degree in dietetics, kinesiology or a related area. This program is designed for the student who has an interest in nutrition and its role in physical activity.

An undergraduate degree with a major in dietetics, kinesiology or a related field is required. Courses in nutrition, exercise physiology, anatomy and physiology are prerequisites for admission to the program. Students should also check the prerequisites listed in the catalog for each course required. Thirty-three hours are required for the degree program, including a thesis or directed research on a selected topic in nutrition and physical activity. The degree program can be completed in as few as two academic years, with a maximum of six academic years. This program does not lead to the RD status recognized by the American Dietetic Association; however, students are encouraged to obtain the RD status by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and applying for a dietetic internship. A list of DPD requirements is available at the specific Web page and a list of all dietetic internships in the United States is available at the Web site.

Interdisciplinary Program in Nutrition and Physical Activity Concentration Degree Requirements

Minimum Requirements
Credit Hours
NUTR/KIN 555. Theories and Practices of Weight Management2
3
KIN 644. Metabolic and Cardiorespiratory Aspects of Exercise
3
KIN 645. Muscular, Hormonal and Environmental Aspects of
3
     Exercise1
KIN 650. Exercise Testing, Prescription and Evaluation2
3
NUTR 660/KIN 655. Research Methods in Dietetics/Research
     Techniques1
3
MATH 522. Statistics 2
3
NUTR 545. Nutrition and Exercise2
3
NUTR 582. Nutrition and Metabolism1
3
NUTR 652. Nutrition Assessment1
3
Choose one of the following:
6
     HTH/KIN 700. Thesis
     NUTR 681, 682, 695. Directed Research in Dietetics I-II and Seminar and
        Research in Dietetics

 
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1 Fall only.

2 Spring only.


Master of Business Administration: Health Services Administration Concentration
The Department of Health Sciences cooperates with the College of Business Master of Business Administration program to offer a health services administration concentration within the Master of Business Administration program. This program is intended to provide practicing health professionals with the business skills and health systems knowledge necessary for promotion or to take advantage of new opportunities.

This track includes the following four courses:

Three of these courses are used to meet Master of Business Administration elective requirements. Students in the health services administration concentration take HTH 661, Financial Management of Health Services Organizations, instead of FIN 655, Advanced Topics in Financial Management.

Students who have not had at least two years of work experience in a health services organization will be required to complete a three-month internship. Application for admission must be made to the College of Business Master of Business Administration program. Applicants must meet the Master of Business Administration prerequisite requirements. Refer to the Master of Business Administration Web site for specific requirements for this concentration.
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Course Offerings
Health Sciences
HTH 501. Workshop in Health and Nutrition. 1-3 credits.
An intensive investigation of a major current health problem such as sex education, drug abuse or environmental health.

HTH 510. Human Sexuality. 3 credits.
Components of human sexuality as they relate to the physical, social and emotional health of children, adolescents and adults. Such topics as physical and sexual changes during adolescence, abortions and contraceptives are discussed.

HTH 549. Contemporary Health Issues. 3 credits.
An investigation of concerns in the area of health promotion, including cardiovascular health, fitness, the personal role of health education, drugs and drug abuse, and other selected topics.

HTH 552. Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice. 3 credits.
An in-depth analysis of health education strategies employed in altering individual and community health behavior.

HTH 558. Health Planning. 3 credits.
An intensive exploration of resources and techniques employed in planning and evaluating health programs designed to meet the specific health needs of communities and groups.

HTH 645. Practicum in Health Sciences. 1-3 credits.
Selected practicum experiences for students in the various health sciences graduate programs.

HTH 655. Research Techniques. 3 credits.
This course examines: the focus of research, literature review, research design, choices of method of analysis, data collection techniques and the various ways to conclude a research effort. The logic of statistical analysis is used to develop research designs. Prerequisite: One statistics course.

HTH 657. Chronic Diseases. 3 credits.
Survey of common chronic diseases of humanity with emphasis on prevention and early diagnosis. Topics include such diseases as cardiovascular, endocrine, ophthalmic, respiratory and neurological disorders.

HTH 659. Health Care Environment. 3 credits.
This is a survey course examining the U.S. health care system, federal and state health policy, and public and private providers. Comparisons of the U.S. system will be made with other systems in the industrialized world.

HTH 660. Health Economics. 3 credits.
Course explores economic dimensions of the health care delivery system: demand, demand-related human behaviors, competitive markets, economic models for care delivery, regulation and medical insurance. Delivery models of other industrialized nations are considered, as is how the U.S. system may be improved. Prerequisite: Undergraduate microeconomics.

HTH 661. Financial Management of Health Services Organizations. 3 credits.
This course emphasizes financial management in a variety of health care organizations. Activities include the study of patient accounting, third party reimbursement and cost reporting. There will be extensive use of microcomputer spreadsheet methods. Prerequisites: Required: HTH 659; recommended: FIN 645.

HTH 669. Modern Health Care Administration. 3 credits.
Study of health organizations' internal operations through examination of activities in various health agency settings.

HTH 671. School Health Practice. 3 credits.
Analysis of two areas of the school health program (health services and health instruction) with emphasis on planning, implementing and evaluating health services and instruction.

HTH 680. Reading and Research. 3 credits.
Directed reading in designated areas of specialized interest. Investigating, researching and reporting. Course may be repeated for credit, with permission of the department head, when content changes.

HTH 685. Field Work in Health. 3-6 credits.
Practical experience in applying health theory to problems encountered in a professional setting. Specific assignments will be determined by the needs of the student. (Amount of credit will be based on amount of experience acquired. No more than six hours can be counted toward a degree program.)

HTH 695. Directed Research. 3 credits.
This is for research designed to complete the Directed Research Option. The course must be taken twice. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator.

HTH 698. Comprehensive Continuance. 1 credit.
Continued preparation in anticipation of the comprehensive examination. Course may be repeated as needed.

HTH 699. Thesis Continuance. 2 credits.
Continued study, research and writing in the area of thesis concentration. Course may be repeated as needed.

HTH 700. Thesis Research. 6 credits.
This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory/incomplete (S/U/I) basis. Prerequisite: HTH 655 or equivalent.

Dietetics
NUTR 545. Nutrition and Exercise. 3 credits.
Addresses the relationship of nutrition and exercise and the effect of dietary intake. Techniques of nutritional assessment and counseling through dietary plans will be investigated. This course is designed especially for professionals who may be employed in physical fitness programs. Prerequisite: NUTR 280 or equivalent.

NUTR/KIN 555. Theories and Practices of Weight Management. 3 credits.
An examination of the physiological, psychological and environmental theories of obesity. Current trends in obesity research are examined. A case study and laboratories are utilized to provide students with practical experience in conducting a weight loss program. Prerequisites: BIO 270, BIO 290, NUTR 280 or permission of instructor.

NUTR 582. Nutrition and Metabolism. 3 credits.
A study of the nutrients, their roles in intermediary metabolism, the effects of genetic errors in metabolism, nutritional deficiencies and means of assessing nutritional status. Agencies and programs concerned with nutrition and health and current trends in nutrition research are emphasized. The development of an individual nutrition research project, collection and reporting of data is required. Prerequisites: NUTR 280, physiology, biochemistry and statistics.

NUTR 650. Nutrition Education and Counseling. 3 credits.
Review of philosophy and provisions of major nutrition education of current research in the field of dietetics. Techniques of planning, implementing and evaluating programs. Theories and techniques of nutrition counseling. Nutrition education and counseling experience will be provided in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 652. Nutrition Assessment. 3 credits.
Methods of assessing nutritional status of people in clinical and experimental settings. Prerequisite: NUTR 384 or equivalent.

NUTR 654. Current Topics in Foods. 3 credits.
In-depth study of a variety of current topics related to the United States and global food supply, food processing, food regulation, food marketing, and the relationship between foods and disease. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 655. Integrated Nutrition. 3 credits.
The biochemical and physiological processes involved in nourishing the body in health and in disease. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 656. Food Systems Management Practicum. 3 credits.
Food systems management in menu development, equipment and food procurement, cost control, food production and service, and personnel management. A six-month off-campus practicum in a clinical setting taken simultaneously with NUTR 651. Course will be graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: Admittance into the dietetic internship.

NUTR 660. Research Methods in Dietetics. 3 credits.
This course emphasizes skills in the initiation, conduct and interpretation of research, particularly that involving social science techniques applied to dietetics and health sciences. Emphasis is given to measurement issues, design, questionnaire development, survey techniques, field research, evaluation, quantitative (using SPSS) and qualitative analysis, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course.

NUTR 671. Nutrition in Disease Development, Progression, and Prevention. 3 credits.
Pathophysiology of disease will be investigated in this course, emphasizing the role of inflammation in development of major chronic diseases. The impact of nutrients on inflammation and in specific disease states and various nutrients and food components that can be used as preventive measures or treatment modalities will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 672. Professional Practice Issues in Dietetics. 3 credits.
This course emphasizes development of skills needed by Registered Dieticians in leadership positions in the profession, professional associations, administrative dietetics employment positions, and other volunteer or employment professional settings. Topics include communication strategies, developing a strategic approach to professional skills and competencies, grant writing, leadership, public policy, and legislative issues. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 673. Advanced Management in Dietetics. 3 credits.
Management and leadership principles will be investigated with emphasis on skills needed in food service, dietetics or nutrition-related services. Current research used in policy making will be reviewed. Focus areas include project, financial, human resource, and outcomes management; quality assurance; marketing strategies; employment law; regulation of food and healthcare; entrepreneurship; and adult education and training. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 674. Optimal Nutritional Health For Older Adults. 3 credits.
Students will investigate physiological changes associated with normal aging, the impact of those changes on nutrition status, and the impact of nutrition on the longevity and quality of life. Evidence-based treatment modalities to minimize the effects of physical, social, economic and mobility changes on nutritional health will be developed. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 675. Nutrigenomics. 3 credits.
The role of food choice and physical activity on gene expression and the impact on health and wellness of individuals will be explored. Also, the role of genetics and nutrition therapy in the prevention and development of chronic diseases will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to M.S. in health sciences program with dietetics concentration, which includes RD status, or permission of the instructor.

NUTR 681. Directed Research in Dietetics I. 2 credits.
Advanced research in dietetics directed by a graduate advisory committee. Course will be graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisites: Unconditional admission status in the graduate program and NUTR 660.

NUTR 682. Directed Research in Dietetics II. 2 credits.
Advanced research in dietetics research directed by a graduate advisory committee. Course will be graded on an S/U basis. Prerequisite: NUTR 681.

NUTR 695. Seminar and Research Interpretation in Dietetics. 1 credit.
Critical evaluation and interpretation of current research in the field of dietetics. Professional oral and graphic presentation of results obtained from research completed in NUTR 682 or HTH 700 required during the final semester in which the course is taken. May be repeated up to a total of two credits. Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics.

NUTR 697. Directed Research Continuance. 1 credit.
Continued study, research and writing in the area of directed research project. Course may be repeated as needed, but does not count toward degree requirements. Course will be graded on an S/U basis.

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