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Graduate Program

Masters of Science in Health Kinesiology/Lifestyle Medicine

The Master of Science in Health (MSH) in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine (KALM) is a life sciences degree that integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in KALM are required to take 11 core courses in exercise physiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, and behavioral medicine, for a total of 33 credit hours. The remaining credits will be will be satisfied with either a three or six credit internship/project or six credit thesis option. Elective coursework is available in the areas of strength and conditioning, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition for students who opt for a three-credit internship/project. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in KALM requires the completion of 39 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years. 


The MSH in KALM curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of lifestyle and preventive medicine, health and fitness, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, strength and conditioning, lifestyle coaching, and population and clinical research. Thesis option students will begin preparation towards becoming independent investigators by developing the skills necessary to conduct original research. Thesis option students may be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a thesis and terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue elective coursework in epidemiology. Thesis option students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding. Upon program completion, students are encouraged to sit for the national certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The internship option culminates in either a 150 or 300-hour experiential internship working under the direct supervision of a graduate degreed professional in fields including Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Rehabilitation and/or Medicine. 


The program does not require a specific undergraduate major. Applicants who apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program may be admitted contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor's degree prior to enrolling in graduate courses. 


UNF admits 10-15 students into the MSH in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by the posted deadline of the year for which they wish to be admitted. Prior to enrolling in MSH courses, students must have completed the prerequisites.


Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine concentration may include an internship component, so it is important to determine State Authorization of Distance Education and if you will be able to do an internship in other states, if desired. Please see the UNF State Authorization Status website for more information and updates. State Authorization of Distance Education is a complex and dynamic environment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the University of North Florida Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine Program:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in exercise science and epidemiology.
  2. Understand epidemiological methods and demonstrate the ability to recognize and employ various study designs.
  3. Translate research into practice in developing evidence-based exercise prescriptions for individuals with chronic diseases.
  4. Employ clinical judgment in exercise/fitness, rehabilitation and educational settings.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately utilize statistics and interpret results.
  6. Engage in best-practice behaviors that are client/patient, subject, field and society focused.
  7. Value integrity and ethics in life and in their profession.

Health Science: Kinesiology/Lifestyle Medicine (Master of Science in Health)

Program Description for Health Science

Major: Health Science Concentration: Kinesiology/Lifestyle Medicine Degree: Master of Science in Health


The requirements listed below are prerequisites for the Master of Science in Health (MSH)- Health Science major in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine (KALM). The course numbers listed below are the ones offered at the University of North Florida. Any substitutions to these requirements are made at the time of evaluation for admission into the MSH Program.

  • BSC2085c - Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • BSC2086c - Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  • CHM2045/2045L - General Chemistry I with lab
  • STA2014 - Elementary Statistics

Core Requirements (33 credits)

PHC6050 and APK5332 are distance learning (DL) courses.

APK6336 PA Epidemiology & Evid Review (3 Credits)

APK6116C Exercise Phys & Lab Techniques (3 Credits)

PHC6050 Public Health Biostats I (3 Credits)

APK6111C Medical Exercise Physiology (3 Credits)

APK6107C Cardiovas Ex Phys and ECG (3 Credits)

APK6127C Human Physiological Assessment (3 Credits)

APK6057 Research in KALM (3 Credits)

APK6176 Adv Concepts Strength Training (3 Credits)

APK6235C PA Measurement (3 Credits)

APK6415 Behavioral Medicine (3 Credits)

APK5332 Pharmacology for Chronic Disea (3 Credits)

Internships (6 credits)

Students who choose the thesis option will complete a six- credit research thesis. Non-thesis students may complete either a three or six credit internship or project. A six- credit internship project would fulfill the 39 credit degree requirement; the three-credit option would require students to take a three-credit elective to fulfill the 39-credit requirement.

THESIS Thesis option

  • Six credits in APK6972 - Thesis in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine are required.

INTERN/PRO Internship/Project option

  • Three or six credits in APK6942 Internship or Project in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine are required. If choosing a three-credit option, take a three-credit elective from the options below:
  • APK6056 Special Topics in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine
  • PHC6003 Chronic Disease Epidemiology (check schedule)*
  • HSC6509 Nutritional Epidemiology (check schedule)*
  • EDA6930 Grant Development and Project Design (check schedule)*
  • HUN7788 Nutritional Genomics (check schedule)*
  • APK6900 Independent Study in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine
  • PHI5605 Ethics
  • APK6135 Periodization
  • APK6327 Seminar in Kinesiology and Lifestyle Medicine
  • *Distance learning (DL) course