Exercise Science with Concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health, MS

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 interdisciplinary 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.

Two unique features of the program are:

  • The program offers three pathways of study based on student interests: research, public health, and practice-based pathways. Students take two electives to enhance their knowledge in their selected pathway. These pathways are designed to train students to pursue a terminal degree in exercise science/opportunities in a research setting, federal/private/nonprofit institutions, and clinical setting.
  • We offer students internship, practicum, and research opportunities at both on- and off-campus sites. Experiential education is a key component of the program because application of classroom knowledge provides valuable preparation for a career in exercise science.

Please visit Bouvé College Learning Outcomes for the specific student learning outcomes for this program.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.

Exercise Science
EXSC 5200Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
EXSC 5210Physical Activity and Exercise: Prescription, Measurement, and Testing3
EXSC 5220Advanced Exercise Physiology3
EXSC 5230Physical Activity and Exercise: Effects on Musculoskeletal Health and Disease3
EXSC 6202Electrocardiography, Clinical Assessment, and Prescription3
Public Health
PHTH 5540Health Education and Program Planning3
PHTH 6208Urban Community Health Assessment3
PHTH 5202Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
EXSC 6400Applied Research Methods3


Complete 6 semester hours from the following: 16
Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
EXSC 5000 to EXSC 6402
PHTH 5000 to PHTH 6800

Program Credit/GPA Requirement

36 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required