Program Mission - Biomechanics

Program Mission

The purpose of the Master of Science in Biomechanics at Marshall University is to prepare biomechanically trained individuals who will serve the needs of the citizens of West Virginia and the region to expand the knowledge and scholarship of the movement science profession. Our specific objectives are to educate, train, and prepare the biomechanical graduate who will:

  • Meet the needs of the community and students,
  • Develop graduates that recognize the need for professional growth and life-long education,
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in movement science and biomechanical assessment,
  • Prepare students for academic and professional careers in fields involved in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, injuries and disabilities that result from the interaction of individual and environmental issues/factors in ergonomics and biomechanics,
  • Obtain training and practical experience in the basic tools and methods needed to be successful in researching human movement, whether in clinical, occupational, or sport applications,
  • Provide the analytical skills essential to understand the development and management of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the skills needed to promote preventive programs in industry and the health care environment,
  • Train the student in basic research, study design, and the use of equipment and measurement techniques employed in ergonomic and biomechanical evaluation and analysis,
  • Encourage students to participate in research activities in such areas as injury pathomechanics, injury prevention, evidence-based practice, sport performance, and product development, and lastly
  • Add to the portfolio of healthcare and healthcare related programs currently offered at Marshall University.