Dr. James Churilla
Graduate Program Director
Fall Term . . . . . . . . July 15
Applications are accepted for fall term only. The review process for admissions each fall term will begin June 1st.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and required documents before the July 15th
deadline to ensure full consideration for admittance pending application review by the Program Director.
Additional program requirements:
Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.
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Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.
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.
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