Preventive practices are gaining favor over the traditional treatment approach to health care in the United States. Preventive practices not only improve overall health and quality of life but are much more cost effective than the treatment required for diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. With the growing awareness of the role that exercise plays in promoting wellness and preventing disease, the role of the exercise specialist with knowledge of public health will rise in prominence as a career of choice.
The master’s degree in kinesiology combined with a graduate certificate in public health is designed to provide students with an in-depth science-based understanding of how exercise/physical activity interventions can decrease risk of diseases related to sedentary living and prevent health problems from happening or recurring through surveillance, educational programs, sound public health policies, and research.