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Master of Science - Exercise Physiology

The Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. The program emphasizes academic preparation in exercise physiology, laboratory experience, exercise leadership experience, knowledge of research methodology, and statistics. Students must complete a thesis in the general area of exercise physiology.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the biological foundations of motor control, explain information processing and learning theories, and evaluate current theories and research related to motor behavior.
  • Explain biomechanical concepts related to human performance and evaluate current research related to biomechanics.
  • Specify physiological responses to exercise for a variety of populations and conditions, and evaluate current exercise physiology research related to human performance.
  • Explain sports medicine concepts and their relationship to human performance, and evaluate current research in sports medicine.
  • Design and implement a research study.
  • Interpret empirical data and communicate effectively in a professional meeting.

Career Possibilities

Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Research
  • Industry
  • Education
  • Environmental protection
  • Enforcement of government regulations

Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several areas.