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Applied Health Physiology

The Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology (AHPH) program has been offering graduate students a multi-focused academic/professional program since 2000. Students may choose from a credentialing focus within Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (American College of Sports Medicine), Fitness/Wellness (American College of Sports Medicine), and/or Strength and Conditioning (National Strength and Conditioning Association). Given these options, graduates have a wide scope of entry points into the applied exercise physiology community.

This upcoming Fall 2019 semester, Salisbury University offers programs of study in Applied Health Physiology at the off campus location at The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Graduates of the Applied Health Physiology major at USG will receive a Masters of Science within their major.

The AHPH program has been awarded “Recognition” as a Graduate Studies Program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  The program has also made a commitment to seek accreditation, at the Master’s degree level, by the Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences (CoAES), which we expect to occur within the next two years. Together, these two oversight organizations help us to define and focus on developing a quality academic experience that benefits both the graduate, and more importantly, the individual receiving professional guidance from that graduate.

The AHPH program has aspects that make it extremely appealing to the potential student. Its historically comprehensive curriculum has successfully included individualized student experiences, responsive to the changing demands of the applied healthcare community. Specifically, the curriculum rigorously includes a systematic study of physiological systems, as well as patient/client assessment and individualized exercise prescription design. The program also fosters a strong commitment for every student to earn an appropriate professional credential. Additionally, every student participates in at least 500 hours of supervised Internship in varied practice areas, such as: hospital cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation departments, private personal training facilities, university-based athletic performance activities, etc. These curricular aspects anticipate a growing professional need for not only trained practitioners, but also more broadly educated credentialed practitioners. Student progression is facilitated by a developing focus on competency-based techniques, which help insure professional success.

The well-regarded AHPH faculty invite you to discuss your professional aspirations with us, and determine if earning a Master of Science in the Applied Health Physiology Program will advance your career goals. If you are energetic, positive, and looking for a rewarding career helping people, call AHPH Program Director Dr. Randy Insley (410-677-0145) or AHPH Admissions Coordinator Dr. Tom Pellinger (410-677-0144) to discuss your admission options. 

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Our Academic Program

The AHPH curriculum prepares students for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine - CEP), Certified Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine - EP-C), and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association - CSCS) credentialing examinations. Given this preparation, it is expected that all AHPH graduates will have achieved at least one of these credentials before graduation, although achieving all three is preferred. To that end, each student will be required to declare a primary area of concentration (respectively; Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness/Wellness, and/or Strength and Conditioning), as that in which the student will be credentialed. This declaration will occur after the student has completed no more than 24 credits of the 42 credit curriculum. As all students take the same 42 credit curriculum, this declaration will not specifically change any courses taken, but will affect the predominant site assignments within the Internship courses, which occur as a capstone at the end of coursework. Students will spend most of the Internship hours within their area of special interest, although all students will be exposed to a variety of professional practice experiences.

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From attaining a position as a minor league strength coach to being hired at SU … the knowledge gained throughout the program has prepared me in all aspects of physical fitness and rehabilitation. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to advance their career and learn from some of the top professors in the field.
Matt Nein SU Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Applied Health Physiology Adjunct Faculty

Program Information

AHPH Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 2017. The AHPH Program reported these outcomes.

Further information regarding CAAHEP accreditation may be found at:

2017 84.6% 100% 100%
  • 2 Required Internships
  • 18 Courses Offered
  • 42 Graduate Study Hours

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