• 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 Master of Science in Health (MSH) in Exercise Science and Chronic Disease (ESCD) integrates an evidenced-based curriculum in an applied research environment. Students pursuing the MSH in ESCD are required to take ten core exercise science, epidemiology, and biostatistics courses for a total of 30 credit hours. The remaining credits will be will be satisfied with nine credits of elective course work and either a six credit internship, project, or thesis option. Students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option upon acceptance in to the program. The MSH in ESCD requires the completion of 45 graduate credit hours and should be completed in two years.

    Elective coursework is available in the areas of strength and conditioning, chronic disease epidemiology, nutrition epidemiology, and pharmacology. Students may choose any approved electives to satisfy the 45-credit MSH in ESCD requirement. The Exercise Physiology coursework will prepare students to work in leadership positions in the health and fitness industry inclusive of clinical settings. The Epidemiology and Biostatistics coursework will begin to prepare students to become independent investigators by providing them with the tools to conduct original research. Thesis students may be exposed to both secondary data analysis (existing data sets) and primary data collection (human subjects) when conducting their research. The MSH in ESCD curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work and provide leadership in the areas of health and fitness, preventive medicine, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes education, lifestyle coaching, and research. Students planning on pursuing a thesis and terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D.) are strongly encouraged to pursue elective coursework in chronic disease and nutrition epidemiology. Thesis students will be accepted each fall on a competitive basis and contingent upon graduate assistantship funding.



    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.