Course Descriptions

Not all courses are offered each year, so be sure to check the current course offerings.

Core Courses

KAHS 5400 & KAHS 5410 6.0: Non-thesis Master's Practica, Part I & II (MFSc)

Restricted to Non-thesis students in the Fitness Science.

KAHS 5400 & KAHS 5410 3.0: Master's Practica, Part I & Part II

Masters students enroll in a practicum under the supervision of their thesis supervisor. The practicum involves 10 hours per week for 1 term. Practicum work is limited to the training necessary for students to carry out their thesis research successfully, and may involve such activities as library research, conducting and assisting in experiments, data analysis and the preparation of written reports. The practicum is taken in the first year of study.

KAHS 6010 3.0: Univariate Analysis and Design

This course provides a common base of elementary statistical techniques.  Topics include probability, one and two-sample inference, the analysis of binary data, ANOVA, and an introduction to regression models.  Students are also responsible for learning a statistical program and presenting the methodological aspects of a paper from their research area.

KAHS 6020 3.0: Multivariate Analysis and Design

Epidemiological and analytical methods are introduced and applied to a database. This course will cover basic issues of database design, and guidelines for confidentiality and privacy. Particular attention will be paid to the principles and application of multivariate statistical methods for data analysis. Students will be encouraged to apply these techniques to a database of their choice.

KAHS 6210 3.0: Master’s Graduate Seminar

Masters students enroll in this course in their first year of study. The content includes visiting speakers, faculty and student presentations. Masters thesis students shall give a research presentation at this seminar during their second year of study. The Graduate seminar is graded as pass/fail based on attendance taken by the faculty member responsible for the seminar series. Attendance is expected during both years of study.

KAHS 6220 3.0: Readings in Special Topics

A supervised reading course in a topic for which there is no present KAHS course offering. Permission to enroll is required.
Requests must be made by the student's supervisor to the Graduate Program Director. The supervisor must provide a rationale. Graduate Executive Committee will grant final approval.

KAHS 7200 & KAHS 7210 3.0: Ph.D. Graduate Seminar, Part I & Part II

PhD students enroll in these courses in their first 2 years of study. The content shall include visiting speakers, faculty and student presentations. PhD students shall give a presentation on their research at least twice during their tenure in the program, once during the proposal stage of their research and once at a later stage. The Graduate seminar is graded as pass/fail based on attendance taken by the faculty member responsible for the seminar series.

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Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

KAHS 6300 3.0: Cardiovascular Systems in Health and Exercise

The topics covered in this course are devoted to both the central (heart) and peripheral (blood flow) circulation, with an emphasis on health, disease, and adaptation. The course emphasizes the cellular and molecular basis of cardiovascular physiology in these areas. The purpose is to further an understanding of selected current and advanced topics in cardiovascular exercise physiology.
Same as BIOL 5130 3.0.

KAHS 6301 3.0: Vascular Biology in Health and Disease

Understanding the cellular composition and function of the vascular system provides the basis for studying the processes of angiogenesis, atherosclerosis, inflammation, hypertension and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Discussion focuses on understanding the cellular mechanisms underlying these events and investigating some of the associated current and novel pharmacological and genetic therapeutic strategies.
Same as BIOL 5134 3.0.

KAHS 6310 3.0: Advanced Respiratory Physiology in Health and Exercise

This course examines in depth the function of the respiratory system, with an emphasis on whole body and systems level control of function.
Same as BIOL 5132 3.0.

KAHS 6315 3.0: Redox Biology and Oxidative Stress in Health and Disease

This course exams the role of free radical and non-radical oxidants as 1) essential signals for regulating multiple cellular processes and as 2) mediators of dysregulation in disease including neurological diseases, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and muscle wasting as well as 3) potential targets for treatments of this diseases through ‘redox therapeutics’.
Pre-requisites: One of KINE 4510, KINE 4515, KINE 4516, KINE 4518 or permission of instructor or equivalent.

KAHS 6320 3.0: Stem Cells and Tissue Regeneration

This course examines specific stem cell populations and the molecular regulation governing their capacity for proliferation, differentiation and self-renewal with particular emphasis on skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Other topics include normal and traumatic regeneration/repair; stem cells in cancer; therapeutic strategies for muscle myopathies.

KAHS 6340 3.0: Physiological, Molecular, and Nutritional Aspects of Obesity

Alterations in the energy balance equation, either by diet, exercise, or both, are sensed by this complex and interactive system, that acts to regulate body weight and energy homeostasis. Under conditions of increased energy expenditure (exercise) and energy restriction or surplus (diet) “protective mechanisms” are activated and metabolic adjustments take place in order to preserve body weight. Physiological, molecular and nutritional aspects implicated in these metabolic adjustments, in normal and obese subjects, is the focus of this course.

KAHS 6365 3.0: Mitochondria in Health and Disease

Analyzes the function and biogenesis of mitochondria with an emphasis on skeletal muscle. Apoptosis, mitochondrial disease, effects of exercise and training are examined at the molecular level. Current original literature is read and discussed in lecture and class presentation format. There are no prerequisites or corequisites.

KAHS 6370 3.0: Advanced Exercise Physiology I: Muscle

This course will cover advanced topics in exercise physiology and biochemistry of muscle, including energy metabolism, fatigue, cell signaling and the molecular adaptations to exercise and disease states. Discussion of original research articles in exercise physiology.
Same as BIOL 5139 3.0.

KAHS 6391 3.0: Advanced Exercise Physiology/Therapy for Chronic Diseases

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the theoretical basis and empirical evidence supporting, or refuting, chronic exercise therapy for common cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and immunological diseases. The physiological adaptations to the cardiorespiratory, neuroendocrine and musculoskeletal systems in a variety of pathological conditions will be the focus of this course.

KAHS 6392 3.0: Nutrition, Health and Exercise Performance

This course provides a link and a deeper understanding of the processes, relationships, associations and causal effects between nutrition, health, disease and sports performance.
Prerequisites: KINE 4010 3.0 & KINE 4020 3.0 or permission from course director.

KAHS 6393 3.0: Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition

Participation in physical activity and optimal nutrition are prerequisites for optimal health. This course examines advanced topics in sports nutrition, including macronutrient nutrition, requirement and metabolism; molecular and physiological techniques in sports nutrition research, and controversies in sports nutrition.

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Neuroscience and Biomechanics

KAHS 6145 3.0: Vision Health and Visual Disability

This course will examine vision health from a lifespan perspective, combining epidemiological data from both developed and developing countries with visual physiology and psychophysics to develop a view of the importance of vision health and the costs of visual disability from a psychological as well as an economic perspective. Particular emphasis will be placed on the significance of vision health to the process of healthy aging, and the increasing burden of cataract, diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Prerequisites: Permission from course director.
Same as PSYCH 6276 3.0.

KAHS 6148 3.0: Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance to Imaging?

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its application to functional brain imaging, including theory and hands-on practical training. Students design, implement and analyze their own functional MRI experiment.
Same as BIOL 5148 3.0 & PSYC 6227 3.0

KAHS 6149 3.0: Applications in Vision Science

Unique in Canada, this course is comprised of a series of one-week training units on different applications of vision science. Lectures will be presented by faculty members at York, and guest lectures will be presented by scientists and engineers from industry and government.

KAHS 6150 3.0: Brain Mechanisms of Movement in Health and Disease

This course will survey the role of different cerebral cortical and sub-cortical areas in controlling voluntary movements. Following a review of the fundamental concepts in motor control and basic neuroanatomy, students will give presentations about the motor function of different brain regions. Data from theoretical, experimental, and patient studies will be used to illustrate how areas such as primary motor, premotor, parietal, and cerebellar cortices are involved in the planning and execution of sensory-guided voluntary motor behaviour.
Same as PSYC 6235 3.0 and BIOL 5137 3.0.

KAHS 6152 3.0: Shaping Action: The Role of Sensory Information in Motor Learning

The emphasis of the course will be on basic principles as revealed by studies of learning in motor systems that steer the eyes, head or limbs, such as the vestibulo-ocular reflex, saccadic eye movements, reaching and throwing. Topics include behavioural principles of motor learning; synaptic changes that underlie learning; time course of motor learning and adaptive capabilities of motor control systems; neural correlates of motor learning; computational principles of learning in neural networks; and concepts of optimization in sensorimotor systems.
Same as PSYC 6277 3.0.

KAHS 6153 3.0: Brain and Behaviour: Cognitive Systems

This course provides an in depth examination of the cognitive systems that guide our awareness, behaviour and mental capacity. This is done through classic and recent research papers. The two areas of major emphasis are attentional systems (ie. spatial attention, feature-based attention, and object-based attention) and the study of consciousness (ie. conscious awareness, blindsight, false memories/reality monitoring).
Same as PSYC 6278 3.0 and BIOL 5141 3.0.

KAHS 6155 3.0: Fundamentals of Neuroscience I: Structures, Neurons and Synapses

The course will provide graduate students with an in depth analysis of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the structure and function of the developing and mature nervous system. This is an advanced course that will focus on current research topics in selected areas of Neuroscience. The course includes three modules, (1) molecular and cellular neuroscience, (2) functional neuroanatomy and (3) muscle and spinal cord neurophysiology.
Enrollment priority given to students in the Neuroscience Diploma Program.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Neuorscience or permission from course director.
Same as BIOL 5146 3.0 and PSYC 6257 3.0.

KAHS 6156 3.0: Fundamentals of Neuroscience II: Circuits, Systems and Behaviour

The course will provide graduate students with an in depth analysis of the circuits within the nervous system that underlying the structure and function of the developing and mature nervous system. This is an advanced course that will focus on current research topics in selected areas of Neuroscience, which is the study of the biology of the nervous system and its relationship to behavior and disease.
Enrollment priority given to students in the Neuroscience Diploma Program.
Prerequisite: KAHS 6155 3.0 or permission from course director.
Same as BIOL 5147 3.0 and PSYC 6253 3.0.

KAHS 6161 3.0: Perception and Action

This course will look at some of the biological and neurophysiological principles that underlie the representation of the spatial world and the sensory and motor processes with which we interact with the world. Specific examples of the realization of general principles will be drawn from how we know about and control our own movements, including the control of eye and head movements, reaching and pointing and locomotion and navigation. We will consider how various senses are transduced, coded, centrally represented and eventually converted into action.
Same as PSYC 6265 3.0 and BIOL 5136 3.0.

KAHS 6170 3.0: Instrumentation, Signal Processing, and Modelling in Biophysical Research

Techniques in data acquisition, reduction, modelling, and signal processing commonly employed in biophysical research are discussed in class and used in laboratory sessions. Students will become familiar with the use of many transducers and their systems characteristics, electromyography, analog-to-digital conversion, documentation of motion, signal-to-noise enhancement, stress-strain, models, and tissue mechanics.

KAHS 6229 3.0: Statistical modelling of perception and cognition

This course covers fundamental statistical concepts and their application to statistical modelling in psychology. Topics in statistical foundations include probability, random variables, common statistical distributions, and Bayes' theorem. To illustrate these concepts we cover classic statistical models of behaviour and physiology, such as signal detection theory, optimal cue combination, diffusion models of reaction times, probability summation, and ideal observers. We also discuss model fitting and testing, e.g., parameter estimation, bootstrapping, goodness of fit, and model selection. The course uses a statistical programming language such as MATLAB or R for illustrations and problems.

Prerequisite: basic programming skills; the course may be taken concurrently with KAHS 6273, Computer programming for experimental psychology.

KAHS 6260 3.0: Visuospatial Memory and Goal-Directed Action

The course examines how the brain represents, updates, and transforms spatial information from the senses, primarily vision, into goal-directed movements of the eyes, head, and hand.
Prerequisite: a systems neuroscience course such as Psychology 3250 3.0, Biology 4370 3.0, Kinesiology 4500 3.0 or 4505 3.0.
Same as PSYC 6260 3.0.

KAHS 6273 3.0: Computer programming for experiemental psychology

This course covers computer programming methods that are useful in experimental psychology. The course assumes no previous programming experience, and brings students to the point where they are able to write useful programs to advance their own research. Classes are held in a computer laboratory, and each week's class consists of a lecture followed by programming practice on assigned problems. Topics include the MATLAB programming language, data files, curve fitting, Monte Carlo simulations, statistical tests, journal-quality data plots, 2D and 3D graphics (OpenGL) and interfacing to external devices.

KAHS 6381 3.0: Biomechanics of Human Movement in Health and Disease

This course will provide the theoretical framework for the fundamental issues in estimating moments and forces. These include measurement and analysis techniques, muscle modeling, link segment modeling and analysis, optimization modeling, energy and power analysis. The strengths and limitations of current models will be stressed such that a critical review of current research and notable past literature can take place.

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Health and Fitness Behaviours

KAHS 5340 6.0: Advanced Fitness/Lifestyle Assessment and Counseling

Theoretical and practical experience in designing, administering and interpreting fitness assessments along with the follow-up exercise counseling and personal training for high performance athletes and the general public.
Restricted to Non-thesis students in the Fitness Specialization
Integrated with the undergraduate course KINE 4400 6.0.
Prerequisite: KINE 4010 3.0 or permission from course director.

KAHS 6030 3.0: Qualitative Research Methods

This seminar format course familiarizes students with qualitative research approaches and methodologies, as informed by naturalistic inquiry (i.e., the attempt to understand the motives and meanings of social actions from the viewpoint of those involved) and teaches skills for developing, implementing, analyzing and representing qualitative research data. Various strategies (traditions) of qualitative inquiry will be explored with a focus on participant observation and interviewing. The implications and consequences of different stages of inquiry including data collection, analysis, representation and assessment will also be explored.

KAHS 6110 3.0: Critical thinking about health research

This course examines critical thinking skills vital to success in health research, including research biases, evaluation of published studies, identifying pseudoscience, and writing for a general audience. A major focus is research ethics and exploring cases of research misconduct/fraud.

KAHS 6130 3.0: Fundamentals of Health and Exercise Psychology

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to theories, measures, statistical and research methodologies typically used in health and exercise psychology research. Students learn critical evaluation and application of these key principles.

KAHS 6140 3.0: Personality, Motivation and Stress: Relationships to Exercise and Health

This course will cover a number of topics in the areas of personality and personality disorders, addictive behaviours, and the eating disorders. The format of the class will be interactive seminar discussions.

KAHS 6142 3.0: Cognition, Emotion and Behaviour Change in Health and Disease

This course examines the independent/interactive influence of different behaviours on health status. Emphasis is on empirical findings related to the prevention, treatment and adaptation of cancer, cardiovascular, infectious and neurological disease. Topics will include cognitive and emotional effects on immuno-competence, organ deterioration and disease risk responses; and behavioural interventions that prevent disease and promote healthy behaviour change.

KAHS 6143 3.0: Current Issues in Health Psychology

The goal of this course is to present an overview of current topics in health psychology. The course is intended to expose graduate students to some of the current theoretical and practical issues in the field of health psychology.
Same as PSYC 6455 3.0.

KAHS 6144 3.0: Behavioural Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation

This course provides an in depth examination of the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease from a behavioural, psychosocial, and health services lens. It involves an analysis of the primary topics in cardiac psychology, and emphasizes both psychological research approaches and application of behavioural medicine.
Same as PSYC 6425 3.0.

KAHS 6390 3.0: Aging, Body Composition and Chronic Disease: Lifestyle Therapeutic Interventions

This course examines how body composition (fat and lean tissue mass) changes across the adult lifespan. The course will also focus on how these changes influence an individual's risk for development of metabolic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver disease, and other conditions such as aged-related lipodystrophy, osteoporosis and sarcopenia.

KAHS 6400 3.0: Epidemiology of Physical Activity, Fitness and Health

This course examines interrelationships among physical activity, fitness and health from an epidemiological perspective. A main objective is to provide students with the ability to critically examine empirical information regarding these relationships and to develop an understanding of the methods used in this research.

KAHS 6430 3.0: The Human Body in Social Theory

This course introduces students to philosophical and sociological understandings of the human body as it has been understood in Western social theory in the past two hundred years(i.e. since the Enlightenment). The intention is to introduce students to these strands of thought in order to allow them to build informed theoretical frames for further research

The course revolves around a series of themes prevalent in the literature on the human body, such as: being, alienation, commodification, aesthetics, perception, discipline, enslavement, resistance, otherness and representation. Schools of thought that will be examined include (but are not limited to): Phenomenology, Marxism, Existentialism, Post-Structuralism, Black Studies, Psychoanalysis, Decolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Feminism and LGBT studies.

KAHS 6440 3.0: Current Issues in the Psychology of Skilled Performance

This course provides an in-depth examination of research on human expertise, particularly in sport. Students will be exposed to critical studies from the fields of cognitive psychology, motor learning, developmental psychology and sport performance that inform our understanding of the acquisition of expert-level performance.

KAHS 6455 3.0: Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course provides a detailed examination of previous and current research in sport and exercise psychology. Emphasis is placed on providing a broad and in-depth analysis of both theoretical and applied aspects of the psychology of sport and exercise. Topics examined in this course include motivational theories, youth development, social influencers, group dynamics, and mental training in sport and exercise settings. Classes are seminar based, with students playing an active role participating in and facilitating weekly sessions.

KAHS 6456 1.5 & KAHS 6457 1.5: Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology - Seminar 1 & 2

Students who plan to enrol in the Health Psychology Graduate Diploma Program are required to take two seminar courses, KAHS 6456 1.5 and KAHS 6457 1.5 during any two years of their doctoral program. The seminars are intended to support students in their general degree program and to provide the basics of a broad and systemic training in health psychology. The seminars are not only intended to be educational but also a supportive environment for students both instrumentally and emotionally as they progress through their graduate training.

KAHS 6460 3.0: Applied Epidemiology

Specific topics examined in this course include study design (e.g., case studies, case-control designs, surveys) and an overview of epidemiologic approaches. Popular health status measures will be explained, including incidence, prevalence, standardized mortality ratios, odds ratios, and relative risks. Issues relating to confounding, selection bias, misclassification bias, and effect modification will be emphasized. Furthermore, the course will provide an overview of the principles of research design in the health related field.

KAHS 6465 3.0: Stress, Coping, and Health

This course reviews theory, methods, and findings on stress and coping in relation to physical and mental health. Topics include measurement and conceptualization of stress, coping, and outcome plus the study of their inter-relations.

KAHS 6475 3.0: Sport, Physical Activity and Health Policy: Development, Analysis and Evaluation

This course introduces students to (1) process of policy development in the realm of sport, health, and physical activity; (2) policy analysis from a sociological perspective; and (3) evaluation of policy, using specific cases of policies in sport, health, and physical activity such as doping, gender equity, crime reduction, physical activity promotion, injury prevention, and so on. Particular attention is given to sport policy and governance.

KAHS 6480 3.0: Autonomic function in health and disease

This course describes the autonomic nervous system including central and peripheral aspects i.e. brain regions, parasympathetic system, and sympathetic system. Students learn methodologies for measuring parasympathetic and sympathetic activity in both experimental and clinical settings. Lastly, students discuss the role of the autonomic nervous system in various clinical conditions including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), heart failure, and diabetes.

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