James R. Churilla, Ph.D., MPH, MS, RCEP, CSCS, FACSM
Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences



APK-4120C Clinical Exercise Physiology
This course involves the study of how exercise and physical activity are utilized as an intervention in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Rudimentary coverage of electrocardiography (ECG) will be a large part of the didactic approach when discussing cardiovascular disease. The mechanisms of medications typically prescribed in chronic disease will be addressed as well as their exercise interactions. The knowledge and skills (KS’s) that help prepare students for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification as an Exercise Specialist will be introduced. Written and oral evaluations.

PET-3080 Physical Activity Epidemiology
This course will examine the current state of physical activity and public health with a particular focus on chronic diseases. The course will review the positive impact regular physical activity and exercise purveys on overall health as well as its impact on various common chronic conditions e.g., diabetes, heart disease. The course will be taught from an epidemiological perspective incorporating the use of the scientific literature with the objective of augmenting student knowledge in epidemiology and study design. Written and oral evaluations.

PET-4550 Physical Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
This course will address the knowledge, skills and techniques required for becoming Health and Fitness Specialist Certified™ with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Students will learn pretest responsibilities, exercise-testing techniques, and the fundamentals of preparing an exercise prescription for apparently healthy individuals. Students will also learn how to recognize specific cardiovascular risk factors and understand how exercise prescriptions vary when dealing with various special populations. Written and practical evaluations.

HSC-4615L Laboratory Methods in Exercise Physiology
Laboratory experiences in aspects of exercise physiology and sports medicine, which involve the investigation of resting bodily functions and the body’s response(s) and adaptations to both acute and prolonged exercise. Written and practical evaluations.


APK 6107C Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology and ECG    
This course will examine healthy and pathological cardiovascular physiology. This course will cover advanced diagnostic and exercise testing techniques including 12-lead electrocardiography interpretation. Assessment, primary, secondary and tertiary care options for cardiovascular health will also be covered.

APK 6336 Physical Activity and Chronic Disease         
This course will examine the associations between various chronic diseases and exercise, physical activity and fitness. This course will integrate selected scientific studies and the learner will be able to distinguish study designs and explain study findings in a group setting. The learner will write scientific critiques for selected studies demonstrating their ability to evaluate study designs, methodology, data analysis, and findings.

APK 6057 Epidemiological Methods in Physical Activity Research 
This course will teach students how to develop a scientific question, conduct a literature review, choose a study design, manage and analyze data, and write scientific abstracts and manuscripts.

NGR-6673 Principles of Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
This course will examine the frequency, distribution and determinants of health related states in varying populations. The course will cover the historical origins of epidemiology, core epidemiological concepts, statistical interpretation and study design. The course is geared to the beginning practitioner in the field and will examine a wide range of epidemiological topics. The course will be taught from an epidemiological perspective incorporating the use of the scientific literature with the objective of augmenting student knowledge in epidemiology and study design.


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