Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with Concentration in Biobehavioral Science (Biomechanics) Program By University of Florida |Top Universities

Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with Concentration in Biobehavioral Science (Biomechanics)

Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with Concentration in Biobehavioral Science (Biomechanics)

University of Florida

University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    =173
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months
Graduate students are exposed to and directly involved in research covering the full multidisciplinary spectrum of human potential from young to old, fit to unfit, healthy to diseased, able-bodied to disabled, and from the casual recreational participant to the high-level athlete. In addition to human performance issues, APK faculty and students study the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in disease prevention and rehabilitation. The mission of the MS program in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a concentration in Biobehavioral Science is to prepare individuals for doctoral study in biobehavioral sciences, or to obtain private sector employment in the area of human biobehavioral evaluation. The program of study is developed by the student and the advisory committee based on the student’s background, interests, and career goals, as well as faculty expertise. Biomechanics is the scientific study of humans and objects as they move and interact with the environment. It is a multi-disciplinary field drawing from exercise science, engineering, medicine and manufacturing. Biomechanics is a high technology field that applies this expertise to athletic, clinical, legal, and commercial areas. The course work offered within this concentration allows the student to experience a wide variety of biomechanical studies or focus on specific areas such as sport or clinical applications to best meet the individual interests of the student. The mission of the specialization in Biomechanics is to prepare individuals for doctoral study in Biomechanics or to obtain private sector employment in the area of human movement evaluation. The program places an emphasis on research and laboratory experiences and demands mastery of advanced technology to solve movement-based problems. Coursework will include the study of the kinematics and kinetics of animal movement. Classroom experiences will include, but not be limited to, study in anatomy/kinesiology, biomechanics, engineering, medicine, physical therapy, and statistics. Additional areas of study will focus on developing research and laboratory skills, understanding motor performance and the control of motor actions. Historically, the study of Biomechanics in colleges such as HHP has focused on its application to sports in efforts to increase performance and decrease injuries. Our goal is to expand that traditional view to include exposure to biomechanical applications in the medical and industrial arenas. This expansion will provide students with a wider range of opportunities to prepare them for their future studies or provide additional opportunities for employment at the completion of their MS degree.