Public Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health, MPH/MS


Rui Li, PhD
Director of Exercise Science Program

520 Behrakis Health Sciences Center

Neil Maniar, PhD, MPH
Director of Master of Public Health Program

316 Robinson Hall

The Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University offers a combined Master in Public Health program (MPH)/Master of Science in Exercise Science (EXSC) program. This dual-degree program allows qualified students to achieve their goal of obtaining a more robust understanding of public health through an MPH degree while also completing their master's in exercise science. Course work consists of advanced physiology such as musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems and the assessment and prescription of exercise and physical activity in the context of the social determinants of health. Graduates of the program will benefit from having a greater understanding of public health issues in the fields of exercise and physical activity in order to better design exercise prescription programs in the healthcare industry that aim to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Public Health Requirements

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

Public Health
PHTH 5120Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States3
PHTH 5202Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
PHTH 5212Public Health Administration and Policy3
PHTH 5214Environmental Health3
PHTH 5540Health Education and Program Planning3
PHTH 6204Society, Behavior, and Health3
Urban Health
PHTH 6200Principles and History of Urban Health3
PHTH 6208Urban Community Health Assessment3
PHTH 6966Practicum3
PHTH 6910Public Health Capstone3

Exercise Science Requirements

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

EXSC 5200Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
EXSC 5220Advanced Exercise Physiology3
EXSC 5230Physical Activity and Exercise: Effects on Musculoskeletal Health and Disease3
Assessment & Prescription
EXSC 5210Physical Activity and Exercise: Prescription, Measurement, and Testing3
EXSC 6202Electrocardiography, Clinical Assessment, and Prescription3
EXSC 6400Applied Research Methods3


Complete one of the following:3
Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
Global Health
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Social Survey Research Methods
Improving the Patient Experience through Informatics

Program Credit/GPA Requirement

54 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours
EXSC 52103EXSC 52203PHTH 55403-4
PHTH 52103EXSC 62023PHTH 62083
PHTH 52123PHTH 51203 
PHTH 62043PHTH 52023 
 12 12 6-7
Year 2
EXSC 52003EXSC 64003 
EXSC 52303PHTH 52143 
PHTH 62003PHTH 69103 
PHTH 69663Approved MPH or EXSC elective3 
 12 12 
Total Hours: 54-55