The Department of Health Sciences currently offers a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a public health emphasis. The Concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health recognizes that inactivity is a major public health problem and represents a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Moreover, this concentration integrates key competencies for a degree in exercise science recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) including knowledge of exercise physiology and the assessment and development of physical activity and exercise programs for the general and clinical populations. Graduate students seeking this degree are members of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences –a leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences, which supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs through inter-disciplinary research, urban engagement, experiential learning, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. Faculty in the department are exploring a range of research topics including acute/chronic effects of exercise, community-based exercise and nutrition interventions, nutrition epidemiology, health disparities, urban public health, and application of technology for measuring and motivating behavior change.
A total of 12 courses or 36 semester hours are required for completion of this degree and includes the following core and elective courses.
1. Exercise Science Core (5 courses; 15 SH) provides the foundation for the understanding of advanced principles of exercise physiology on acute and chronic responses to endurance and strength exercise in major body systems including the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems.
2. Research core (3 courses; 9 SH) provides the foundation to understand the fundamental principles and concepts of conducting scientific research including study design, research methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The research practicum allows the integration of this knowledge through experiential learning where students design a research study and undergo peer-evaluation.
3. Public Health Core (2 courses; 6 SH) provides the foundation to plan, develop, and evaluate primary prevention programs. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to implement evidence-based physical activity wellness programs in real-world settings.
EXSC5210 PA and Ex: Measu., Test. and Pres.
PHTH5212 Public Health Admin. and Policy
EXSC5210 Advanced Ex. Phys.
PHTH5210 Intro to Epi.
EXSC5200 Exercise in Musculo Heal. & Disease
EXSC5200 Cardiopulmonary Phys.
PHTH5540 Health Ed. and Prgm. Planning
EXSC6400 Applied Research Methods
Exercise Science Core
Public Health Core
4. Elective Courses in the concentrations (2 courses; 6 SH). Students will be able to elect 3 courses in either public health, practice-based, or research concentrations to deepen their knowledge in one of these competency areas.
Curriculum subject to change
To be considered for admission, students must have completed the following requirements:
For more information about applying, please visit the Graduate Student Services website.
The laboratory is located at 520 Behrakis Health Sciences Center. The 2000 square foot facility is equipped with the state-of-art technology for teaching and research in exercise science. The laboratory is dedicated to applying the practical skills and cutting-edge research to evaluate the effects of exercise and physical activity on health, disease, and human performance.
The experiential learning and collaborations listed below are some examples to illustrate the range of activities students can get involved in to complement their didactic instruction. These include translational and interdisciplinary research, fitness and health promotion, and assessment and prescription of wellness programs.
Graduates of the program will have a solid foundation in exercise science, public health, and research as they seek job opportunities in organizations that focus on improving health and wellness though physical activity. These include local, state, federal, private, professional, and nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and community health centers. Students will also be qualified to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in physical activity research.
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