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Human Performance Specialists focus on the application of scientific processes to improve individual and team athletic performance, and decrease injury risk among all populations. These professionals may work across the breadth of scientific disciplines or be a specialist practitioner, who has training and/or applied experiences predominantly within one or more specific scientific discipline area(s) relevant to sport science, sports performance, and injury prevention.

Human Performance Specialists work with other healthcare specialists, such as athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, and team physicians, to maximize individual and team athletic success. Employment is often found with professional sports teams or collegiate athletic programs, and more opportunities will be available to those with advanced degrees in exercise physiology, biomechanics, or applied health science.

Consider the U of I Fitness, Health and Human Performance degree emphasis with the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

The Integrated Sports Medicine Movement Analysis Laboratory (ISMMAL) and the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory on the Moscow campus provide excellent opportunities for students to pursue undergraduate research that will enhance their applications to graduate degree programs previously mentioned.

Audiology is the science of hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiologists are experts in the nonmedical diagnosis and management of disorders of the auditory and balance systems. They frequently work with other medical specialists, speech-language pathologists, educators, engineers, scientists and allied health professionals and technicians. In industrial audiology, audiologists plan and execute programs of hearing conservation for workers.

Clinical audiologists work in a variety of settings and can specialize in pediatrics, geriatrics, balance, cochlear implants, hearing aids, tinnitus and auditory processing, among other issues. Audiologists provide a number of services including:

  • Evaluating hearing
  • Counseling patients and their families and caregivers
  • Fitting hearing aids
  • Evaluating and treating balance disorders
  • Determining an individual’s need for assistive devices
  • Teaching communication strategies, including speech reading

Some colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD); however, if you do not major in CSD, you may need to complete some prerequisites before applying to graduate school.

Audiologists must earn a doctoral degree (an AuD) from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation and get a passing score on a national examination.

Those individuals who have a graduate degree with major emphasis in audiology (e.g. AuD) may become certified by the Council for Clinical Certification, which issues Certificates of Clinical Competence for both audiology and speech-language pathology.

In almost all states, a current license in audiology or speech-language pathology is also required to practice.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Audiology)

Speech-Language Pathology is the study and treatment of human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with the full range of human communication to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers and rehabilitation counselors.

Their responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing future professionals in colleges and universities
  • Managing agencies, clinics or private practices
  • Engaging in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes
  • Developing new methods and equipment to evaluate problems. Establish more effective treatments
  • Investigating behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders
  • Working with employees to improve communication with their customers

Some colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD); however, if you do not major in CSD, you may need to complete some prerequisites before applying to graduate school.

Speech-language pathologists must:

Those individuals who have a graduate degree with major emphasis in speech-language pathology may become certified by the Council for Clinical Certification, which issues certificates of clinical competence for both audiology and speech-language pathology.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Speech-Language Pathology)

Epidemiology is the study and control of disease or injury patterns in human populations. When an unknown health crisis attacks a community, epidemiologists investigate the cause of disease and control its spread. Epidemiologists work at all stages of the outbreak with other public health practitioners to identify and stop the outbreak.

Epidemiologists do fieldwork to determine what causes disease or injury, what the risks are associated with health outcomes, what populations are at risk, and how to prevent further incidences of a disease, behavior, or transmission. They consider the demographic and social trends of populations in relation to a disease and injury.  Epidemiologists are often credited with the initial discovery and containment of an outbreaks, such as avian flu or mad cow disease.

Professionals in this field use statistical analysis through a distinctively different approach and methodology than what biostatisticians, Epidemiologists consider various hereditary, behavioral, environmental and health care factors. They also work extensively with other professionals working in the contributions of biological, clinical and other sciences, this can even include field techniques derived from biochemistry and molecular biology.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Epidemiology)

Public health biostatisticians use mathematical and scientific methods to determine the cause of disease and injuries, to identify health trends within communities, and to evaluate healthcare programs. Examples of using statistical methods in public health include:

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of new drugs in comparison to current treatments
  • Determining the relation of specific risk factors to a disease or other health outcomes
  • Explaining the probability of biological phenomena and health outcomes
  • Evaluating health programs

Career opportunities for graduates offer competitive salaries. Positions are available in data management, pharmaceutical and clinical trials, data analysis, and academia. In the public health sector, biostatisticians are needed at the federal, state and local levels.

(source: Explore Health Careers - Biostatistics)

Pre-Health Professions Program

Physical Address:

Vandal Success Center
Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd floor

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: 208-885-5809

Email: pre-health@uidaho.edu