Message from the Department Chairman
Welcome to the Department of Applied Health Sciences (AHS)!
We are committed to creating, disseminating, preserving and applying knowledge in the areas of Athletic Training, Communication Disorders, Exercise Science, Pre-Health Professions, Wellness, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management through scholarly research, teaching and engagement. We are pleased that you are interested in the AHS Department and are eager to introduce you to the various programs of study available at the Department.
- The Athletic Training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Program focuses on the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize patient and client activity and participation in athletics, work, and life. They work with a wide range of ages and skill levels in a variety of settings – from professional sports teams and high school programs to sports medicine clinics, government agencies, and performance arts. Athletic training students may also simultaneously complete the prerequisites to apply for graduate studies in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or health care professions. The goal of the Athletic Training program is to provide the athletic training student the knowledge and the clinical experience to pass the BOC (Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer) Exam and become a successful entry-level health care professional in a variety of settings.
- The Communication Disorders program offers an undergraduate degree in communication disorders that provides students with the foundation they need for graduate study in audiology or speech-language pathology. The program also offers a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The Communication Disorders programs prepares students to prevent, diagnose, treat, and research communication disorders. The Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. The program also operates The Murray State University Speech and Hearing Clinic which provides therapeutic services for individuals across the lifespan residing in the West Kentucky Region. The clinic serves as a site for clinical education in which services are provided under the direction of the state-licensed and ASHA certified MSU faculty members.
- The Community Health program offers a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. The program provides a core of health education courses, establishing a professional foundation knowledge base; covering the seven areas of responsibility of a health educator. Students declaring Community Health select one of three tracks of specialization: Gerontology, Nonprofit Leadership, and Healthcare Administration. The Community Health program is designed to prepare students to gain employment as community-based health educators, assisting individuals and communities in promoting health and preventing disease. Students employed in this profession carry out their mission through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental, and environmental health concerns of entire communities as well as those specific populations at high risk of disease and/or injury. Employment settings include but are not limited to: hospitals, non-profit organizations, government and private business, as well as medical clinics and health departments. The program is also designed to prepare students to pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.
- The Exercise Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES). A Bachelor of Science degree with an area in Exercise Science includes programs designed for students with an interest in health promotion, wellness, strength and conditioning, and those interested in pursuing graduate programs in an allied health profession. Students declaring an Area in Exercise Science choose a track in Wellness or Pre-Health Professional. The Pre-Health Professional track is designed for those students ultimately preparing to pursue graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Physician Assistant, among others. The Exercise Science program focuses on mastery of knowledge/techniques related to programming for enhancement of health through physical activity and for delivery of preventive and rehabilitative physical activity programs that promote health and prevent disease.
- The Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management program offers a B.S. degree with a choice of three tracks. The Dietetics track prepares students to become Registered Dietitians (RD), the primary professionals in the field of food and nutrition. The Food Management track prepares students for careers in the business of foods and food service management. The Nutrition and Foods track provides a curriculum for students interested in a general knowledge of nutrition and food for positions not requiring the RD credential. The Program’s mission is to provide students with a broad general education with a strong foundation in nutrition/dietetics and the sciences. The emphasis will be on providing a program that integrates theory, research, and application of knowledge to the profession of dietetics resulting in successful students and graduates.
The Department goal is to facilitate a positive and productive educational learning environment in both the academic and clinical settings which integrates classroom knowledge and skill acquisition for meeting the challenges of dynamic and ever-evolving wellness and health science professions.
The Applied Health Science Faculty members are distinguished by their clinical and scientific experience. With a commitment to excellence, the Department serves local, national and international citizens to make a difference by helping others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle or to improve the function and quality of life after illness or injury.
Career opportunities exist in academic institutions, hospitals and other medical/clinical settings, research laboratories, physical therapy facilities, rehabilitation facilities, health and fitness centers and public health and educational agencies. The Department of Applied Health Sciences is dedicated to improving the health of people and is the best place to prepare for a successful and rewarding career in applied health sciences.
Thank you for your interest in our programs.
Please let us know if we can assist you in any way and best wishes for the future.
Join us! We appreciate all of you!
Chairman of the Department of Applied Health Sciences,
Michael I. Kalinski, PhD, FACSM.