Dr. Gary Liguori, Director
(423)524-4323 or e-mail Gary=Lguori@utc.edu
The Public Health/Active Living program is a professional degree which prepares graduates for leadership and management positions in Public Health/active living/active transport, or entry into doctoral study. The program places emphasis on the development of skills in critical thinking, communication, and applied research.
Selecting from a variety of specialty courses, students devise an area of specialization based upon education career interests. The PHAL program consists of 36 semester hours, 12-15 semester hours of a general core, 12 hours of a focused core and 9-12 hours of electives to complete 36 hours.
You must complete the admissions procedures to be accepted into the graduate school. These requirements can be found under “Admission Requirements ”. Submit the required documents-transcripts (once the student has completed his/her bachelor’s degree an additional transcript with degree conferral will need to be submitted), GRE scores, (TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not your native language), graduate school application and application fee. An applicant for admission to the Public Health/Active Living concentration must also include the following:
- Cover letter
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Transcript showing that you have taken the following courses
- Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
- Exercise Physiology (3 credit hours)
- Nutrition (3 credit hours)
- Exercise Prescription (3 credit hours)
- Statistics (3 credit hours)
- First Aid and CPR certification
A departmental committee will decide if the student is accepted into the degree program. The student must be accepted into both the graduate school and the concentration program. If a student has not taken all of the above prerequisites, he/she may be admitted to the program with the stipulations that he/she must take prerequisite courses either before or concurrent to taking graduate courses. Acceptance into the program is based on a composite score determined by prerequisite GPA, cumulative GPA, and undergraduate curricula, GRE scores, certification, work experience, cover letter and letters of recommendation. Additional materials my be requested or required. Candidates will be screened us the MS Health and Human Performance Admission Criteria Screening Instrument.
Note: Although not required for admission to the program, eligibility for internships sites may require a background check, drug test, orientation session, liability insurance (which can be purchased through UTC) and signing site specific documents.