M.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise physiology

M.S. in Kinesiology

Emphasis: Exercise physiology

Exercise Physiology is the study of issues related to acute and chronic effects of physical activity on human physiological systems and health, and how fundamental concepts of human energetics and mechanics apply to exercise, sport, physical exertion, and health promotion. Students examine the role of physical activity and exercise in promoting optimal health/wellness and preventing and managing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, obesity, osteoporosis, and other common medical conditions. Graduate students learn to apply principles of physiology to solving problems related to functional responses and adaptations involved in human skeletal muscular activity.

Students gain laboratory experience in the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology and the Human Performance Teaching Laboratory, directed by Professor Donald Dengel, the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science directed by Professor Li Li Ji, and the Skeletal Muscle Plasticity and Regeneration Laboratory, directed by Dr. Sarah Greising. This emphasis area has strong interdisciplinary ties with many academic programs across campus, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, public health, epidemiology, physiology, nutrition, and psychology.