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Prepare for a Career Improving Lives

Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology

Physiology is the foundation upon which we build our knowledge of life, including how to improve performance and treat disease. A career in applied physiology will allow you to apply evidence-based best practice guidelines to individuals with their unique needs and conditions, feeling the satisfaction of knowing that you have improved their lives.

Why Choose the M.S. in Applied Health Physiology Program at SU?

The nationally recognized AHPH program is designed to include the knowledge, skills and opportunities for practice that are essential for the development of health care and strength and conditioning professionals. Consistent with this objective, the program fosters a strong commitment for every student to earn an appropriate professional credential. Students may choose from a credentialing focus within:

  • Clinical physiology (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Fitness and wellness (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Strength and conditioning (National Strength and Conditioning Association)

Additionally, every student participates in at least 400 hours of supervised internship in varied practice areas, such as:

  • Hospital cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation departments
  • Strength and conditioning (university or private)
  • Corporate/community wellness
  • Research laboratories (university or industry)

The AHPH program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Applied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) within the exercise physiologist domain. In addition, our program has been awarded recognition as a graduate studies program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Together, these distinctions represent our faculty’s commitment to academic quality and dedication to the profession.

Meet Erika – Applied Health Physiology Student

Meet Erika – Applied Health Physiology Student

Learn how the applied health physiology program is preparing Erika to pursue her dream career in cardiac rehab.

Application Requirements

Students applying to the M.S. in applied health physiology program should review the application requirements.

Faculty with Real-World Experience

Our faculty members have a personal interest in the success of students and mentor students as they progress to a degree.

Our faculty and staff train students to be well-rounded physiologists who have the ability to apply what they’ve learned to improve the quality of life for a variety of individuals, ranging from clinical patients to elite athletes.
Dr. Tom Pellinger Associate Professor & Program Chair

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