The masters degree in Exercise Physiology is a two year program of study (typically one year for UVa undergraduates who complete the Bs.Ed in Kinesiology) . There are currently three options for study in Exercise Physiology at the Master’s degree level:
1. A Master’s degree specialization which prepares students for advanced graduate study in Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity Intervention, Exercise Science and potential academic/research careers;
2. A Master’s degree specialization which prepares students for clinically - oriented careers in fitness/exercise and health promotion, physical activity intervention, cardiac rehabilitation, or strength training and conditioning
3. A Master’s degree specialization which allows students to combine options 1 and 2.
Exercise scientists study the effects of exercise/physical activity on health, disease, and sport performance. They focus on the prescription of exercise and promotion of physical activity for healthy individuals, athletes, and/or clinical populations. The field of exercise physiology thus overlaps considerably with public health, epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, and athletics.
Our students take courses in metabolism, physiology, epidemiology, and disease prevention. They learn to critique research as well as conduct it. They learn to administer exercise tests, read electrocardiograms, and counsel patients about lifestyle. They gain the knowledge and skills to work with healthy adults, athletes, clinical populations, and children.
Career opportunities exist in health and fitness centers, sports programs, hospitals and other clinical settings, academic institutions, research laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, and public health agencies.
Students who graduate from this area of study will have:
A thorough knowledge of exercise and physiology with an emphasis on metabolism and cardio-respiratory function,
An ability to provide competent leadership for exercise classes involving health and high risk patients,
A thorough knowledge of, and practical experience, in procedures for exercise testing,
An ability to analyze and interpret basic data obtained during exercise tests, and
A working knowledge of research design, research methods, and basic statistics.
This course of study can lead to employment in community, corporate, and university exercise programs, or cardiac rehabilitation, advanced study and research in the field of applied exercise physiology.