• Graduate Program
    Masters of Science in Health - Exercise Science and Chronic Disease

    The Department of Clinical and Applied Movement Sciences offers an Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) concentration. This concentration culminates in a Master of Science in Health (MSH) degree.


    The MSH in ESCD is a graduate degree that integrates advanced training in exercise science and epidemiology. The field of Exercise Epidemiology examines the relationship(s) between physical activity, sedentary behavior and fitness level with chronic diseases ubiquitous in today’s society. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take seven exercise science and epidemiology core courses for a total of 24 credit hours. The remaining credits will be satisfied with nine credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship/project or thesis. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance into the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 39 graduate credit hours dependent upon the student’s elective focus and can be completed in two years.


    Two distinct elective foci are available; however, the students may choose any electives they wish to satisfy the 39-credit MSH in ESCD requirement. The Exercise Physiology focus will prepare students to work in leadership positions in the health and fitness industry and clinical settings. The curriculum will provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the area(s) of health and fitness, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, and lifestyle coaching. Students are encouraged to sit for the national certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) following the completion of their degree. The Physical Activity Epidemiology focus will begin to prepare students to become independent investigators by providing them with the skills necessary to conduct original research. Students will be exposed to both primary data collection (human subjects) and secondary data analysis (existing data sets). Students planning on pursuing a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue the research curriculum.


    UNF admits 15-20 students into the program each fall semester. To be considered for admission, students must apply to the program by July 15th (postmark) of the year for which they wish to be admitted.


    The MSH in ESCD courses are scheduled in late afternoons and early evenings with distance education integral to many of the courses. This framework provides our students the opportunity to gain practical experience while pursuing their graduate degree.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of the University of North Florida Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Program:

    1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in exercise science and epidemiology.
    2. Understand epidemiological methods and demonstrate the ability to recognize and employ various study designs.
    3. Translate research into practice in developing evidence-based exercise prescriptions for individuals with chronic diseases.
    4. Employ clinical judgment in exercise/fitness, rehabilitation and educational settings.
    5. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately utilize statistics and interpret results.
    6. Engage in best-practice behaviors that are client/patient, subject, field and society focused.
    7. Value integrity and ethics in life and in their profession.