GRADUATE RESOURCES

Below, you will find a list of resources for Graduate students in the College of Health Sciences.

Biomechanics & Movement Science

BMSC 667-012/KAAP 667-012 – Biomedical Signal Processing
Meeting Location:
 Online
Meeting Time: M 12-3
Description: In this course students will acquire skills in acquisition, processing, and scientific analysis of experimental data. We will learn about time domain and frequency domain methods such as filtering, Fourier analysis, correlation and coherence, discuss how, when and why to apply them, and introduce the mathematical tools upon which these techniques are based. The focus will be on application for research, with a hands-on approach in a combination of lectures, supervised problems during class and homework assignments. In the later part of the class, students will work on a self-developed term project that integrates aspects of signal processing and analysis that is relevant to their own research interest.

 

BMSC 667-013/ KAAP 667-013 – Neurobehavioral Control of Gait & Posture
Meeting Location:
 Online
Meeting Time: TR 11-12:15
Description: The evolutionary development of bipedal stance, which freed the hands from locomotion, is considered the fundamental distinction between humans and our closest relatives. Accompanying that development is the problem of stability.  Engineered devices, such as cars and robots, solve the stability problem by having a wide base of support and/or concentrating the bulk of its weight lower down. However, the human body has evolved with more than just upright stability as a constraint, with its mass concentrated higher up in the trunk, making it inherently unstable and prone to falls. This “mechanically unstable” design has been matched with a sophisticated control system to maintain upright stance during functional behavior (e.g., tool-use), lending itself to many fundamental questions about how the nervous system solves this complex control problem. Moreover, the neural and biomechanical subsystems that enable standing are subject to injury and dysfunction, leading to many disease populations with limited options based upon current medical treatments. The course will review current literature on the control of standing and walking in humans. Topics will include balance control, multisensory integration, transitional movements, and the impact of cognitive challenges on balance with a focus on neurologically impacted populations.

 

BMSC 867-010/PHYT 867-010 – Communication and Culture in Rehabilitation Research
Meeting Location: 
Online
Meeting Time: TBD
Description: This course will elevate students’ knowledge and skill in the effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication in their area of rehabilitation research. Each student will build a personalized process focused on becoming a flexible, adaptive, clear, and compelling communicator in the service of their science. The course will focus on high risk/high reward communication events such as thesis/dissertation defense, post doc and job talks, live/recorded interviews, and both solo and panel conference events. Each class period, students will practice skills, discuss key issues/elements and ‘workshop’ ideas with the group. Students are encouraged to work directly on their current projects and field of study.

 

Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

KAAP 627-010 – Biomechanical Methods
Meeting Location: 
Online
Meeting Time: TR 3:30-4:45
Description: Introduces students to fundamental methods of two- and three- dimensional analysis in biomechanics. Topics will include creation of local coordinate systems, coordinate system transformations, joint center predictions, vector manipulation, linear and angular kinematics, joint forces and moments.

 

KAAP 628-010 – Biomechanical Analyses V3D
Meeting Location: 
Online
Meeting Time: W 1-4
Description: This course aims to introduce students to Visual3D ¿ a computation tools commonly used in biomechanics research. Using motion capture data as a framework, key concepts covered by this course include model building, event identification and metric quantification, kinematic and kinetic data extraction, scripting and automation, and data aggregation and file management. A key focus of this class will be teaching the underlying mathematical concepts and generalized approaches employed by Visual 3D, with a goal of preparing students to collect, process, and troubleshoot traditional biomechanics laboratory data.

 

KAAP640-011 – Human Cardiovascular Control
Meeting Location: 
Online
Meeting Time: TR 3:30-4:45
Description: This course will examine neural and hormonal control of the cardiovascular system during stressors such as exercise, orthostasis, and heat stress.

 

KAAP 667-011 – Brain Imaging: Basics & Clinical Applications
Meeting Location:
 Online
Meeting Time: M 3:30-6:30
Description: This course will introduce students to the basic principles of neuroimaging methods as applied to human subject research. A special focus will be placed on fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics and image formation, experimental design and data analysis as well as the applications of functional and structural MRI techniques in human motor controls studies and in the study of movement disorders. The course is a mixture of lectures, discussion of research papers, and hands-on lab sessions.

 

KAAP 667-012/BMSC 667-012 – Biomedical Signal Processing
Meeting Location:
 Online
Meeting Time: M 12-3
Description: In this course students will acquire skills in acquisition, processing, and scientific analysis of experimental data. We will learn about time domain and frequency domain methods such as filtering, Fourier analysis, correlation and coherence, discuss how, when and why to apply them, and introduce the mathematical tools upon which these techniques are based. The focus will be on application for research, with a hands-on approach in a combination of lectures, supervised problems during class and homework assignments. In the later part of the class, students will work on a self-developed term project that integrates aspects of signal processing and analysis that is relevant to their own research interest.

 

KAAP 667-013/BMSC 667-013 – Neurobehavioral Control of Gait & Posture
Meeting Location:
 Online
Meeting Time: TR 11-12:15
Description: The evolutionary development of bipedal stance, which freed the hands from locomotion, is considered the fundamental distinction between humans and our closest relatives. Accompanying that development is the problem of stability.  Engineered devices, such as cars and robots, solve the stability problem by having a wide base of support and/or concentrating the bulk of its weight lower down. However, the human body has evolved with more than just upright stability as a constraint, with its mass concentrated higher up in the trunk, making it inherently unstable and prone to falls. This “mechanically unstable” design has been matched with a sophisticated control system to maintain upright stance during functional behavior (e.g., tool-use), lending itself to many fundamental questions about how the nervous system solves this complex control problem. Moreover, the neural and biomechanical subsystems that enable standing are subject to injury and dysfunction, leading to many disease populations with limited options based upon current medical treatments. The course will review current literature on the control of standing and walking in humans. Topics will include balance control, multisensory integration, transitional movements, and the impact of cognitive challenges on balance with a focus on neurologically impacted populations.

Epidemiology

EPID 627 – Social Epidemiology
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 4-7
Description: Introduces students to the epidemiologic methods used to design and conduct studies of
social factors that effect health, including disease specific risk factors.

EPID 667-011 – Biostat for Health Sciences II
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TR 12:30-1:45
Description: An intermediate statistics course for graduate students in the College of Health Sciences
with applications for clinical and population health. The course covers research designs, ANOVA, linear
regression, multiple regression, and logistic regression.

EPID 964 – GRANT WRITING IN EPIDEMIOLOGY
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: W 5-8
Description: A hands-on approach to grant writing including development of skills in locating potential
funding sources and the use of appropriate grant-writing style and technique. Students are guided
through the development of a proposal for a U.S. governmental funding agency such as the NIH.

Behavioral Health & Nutrition

BHAN 645 – Health, Physical Activity, & Disability
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: R 4-7

Description: Advanced study of emerging trends and policies related to health and physical activity for individuals with disabilities. Includes planning, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs designed to promote health and function in individuals with disabilities.

BHAN 820 – Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Behavior
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: R 4-7

Description: Studies the social, economic and environmental conditions under which people live that determine their health. Explore how influences such as income, living conditions, education, infrastructure, built environment, religious affiliation, healthcare, social capital, stress, gender, and race affect health and longevity.

BHAN 856 – Multivariable Biostatistics for Population Health
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: T 4-7

Description: Provides an understanding of the theory and application of the general and generalized linear models to the analysis of population-based data. Emphasis will be placed on generating and interpreting results and health-related applications.

HLPR 650 – Healthy Lifestyles – Mind Body Behavior
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: W 4-7

Description: Healthy lifestyle behavior change from a mind-body perspective. Learn about mind-body behavioral interventions in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, sleep hygiene and stress management. Develop abilities to critically evaluate mind-body research and apply these interventions.

HLPR 813 Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 7-10

Description: Relationships among social, psychological, and cultural factors and health, including prevention and treatment of disease and other health behaviors.

NTDT 610 – Overweight and Obesity Prevention and Management
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: R 5-8

Description: Pathophysiology and therapies for overweight/obesity. Tools to assess and manage weight. Examination of diet/exercise, pharmacotherapy and surgery as treatment options. Treatment and prevention resources for client education. Review of popular weight loss regimens. Related legislative and policy issues. Analysis and synthesis of current scientific literature on obesity-related topics. 

NTDT 611 – Advanced Macronutrient Metabolism
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: W 4-7

Description: Metabolism and its relation to human nutrition; current literature; methods and techniques of nutrition research.

NTDT 822 – Research Methods in Nutrition Assessment
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 4-7

Description: Advanced study of nutrition status assessment methods from a research perspective. Principles/assumptions of methods; critical evaluation of literature as it relates to contemporary issues. Course culminates with study design/research proposal development.