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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Physiology of Exercise - MS

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Degree Title: Master of Science in Physiology of Exercise

Program Name and Numbers: Physiology of Exercise - MS8111, MS8147

Department/Unit: School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring | Summer]

Program Mission: The mission of the Physiology of Exercise Master’s Program is to provide students the opportunity to expand on their foundation in science and gain experience in research and hands-on skills.

Program Mission: The mission of the Physiology of Exercise Master’s Program is to prepare graduates to apply their foundation in science in a professional setting. The program positions graduates to enhance professional ability through coursework, research projects, and real-world experiences.

Program Learning Objectives: Upon completion of their Master of Science degree in the Physiology of Exercise the student will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge of the energy systems and contributions of required substrates in the performance of physical activities.
  • Appraise the normal cardiopulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, endocrine and neurological responses of an exercise bout.
  • Analyze the physiological principles underlying chronic training adaptations and differentiate these responses between various populations.
  • Build evidence based exercise prescriptions through the appraisal of research and apply knowledge of physiology, exercise physiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition to accommodate for various populations and needs.
  • Synthesize appropriate research or clinical data with respect to interpreting research outcomes or patient health status.
  • Delineate clinical or research outcomes in professional and non-professional means (i.e., presentations, publications, etc.).

Program Overview:  The Physiology of Exercise graduate program prepares students with specialized skills to advance their careers in multiple areas of expertise or enter advanced degree programs in related fields.  Students can choose between two programs: Research or Clinical. 

The Research program [MS8111] is a two-year program.  This track prepares students to work in an academic or research environment, encouraging students to become actively involved with faculty research and conducting their own research under the mentorship of faculty.

The Clinical program [MS8147] is designed to prepare students to work as researchers in the field, or as preventative and rehabilitative specialists.  This program includes hands-on experiences throughout the entire four-semester program to prepare students to seek advanced certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/ahsw/exercise-physiology/graduate/index.cfm

Graduation Requirements: The Research program [MS8111] typically is completed in 2 years and requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.  In general, the Clinical program [MS8147] is completed in four-semesters (which typically begins and ends in the summer) and requires a minimum of 34 credit hours.

Culminating Experience: The Research program [MS8111] culminates in a faculty-guided research project with an associated thesis and oral defense. The Clinical program [MS8147] requires the completion of one of the following: an integrated (multiclass) project with an oral defense, a comprehensive exam, or a written and oral defense. The program is completed following a 600-hour culminating internship. 

Admission Requirements: selected science and application lectures and lab; competitive GPA ≥3.0/4.0; satisfactory GRE ≥50th percentile for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing; statement of purpose; resume or curriculum vita; and three (3) letters of reference (at least two (2) from academic faculty members).

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