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Exercise Science BS/MPH

(HEGIS: 08.35 PHYSICAL ED METHODOLOGY, CIP: 26.0908 Exercise Physiology)

Why study Exercise Science BS/MPH at UB?

The dual-degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology. The BS/MPH program prepares graduates to work on preventive approaches to improve the health of populations. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific, behavioral and clinical aspects of physical activity and the distribution and determinants of lifestyle-related diseases. Students will consider prevention from both individual and population perspectives. The program prepares students to develop preventive solutions to population health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

Learning Outcomes

The BS/MPH in Exercise Science and Epidemiology prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the areas of public health, wellness and community-based disease prevention programs.

Skills gained in this program include prioritizing and meeting deadlines; analyzing, interpreting, and translating scientific information; critical thinking; teaching and coaching; communicating, persuading, and influencing; coordinating and planning; and problem-solving.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the basic principles and vocabulary of exercise science
  • Work with individuals across the lifespan in establishing and achieving health/fitness goals
  • Prescribe exercise programs to restore health and maintain optimal well-being
  • Pass a national certification exam (ACSM, NSCA)
  • Demonstrate professionalism and integrity
  • Continue their education or find employment using the BS ES degree

Graduate Competencies

Students will gain the following competencies in the MPH portion of the program:

The Learning Environment

Students will take a series of courses related to human anatomy and physiology; exercise assessment and programming, exercise physiology, public health and epidemiology. Class size varies in undergraduate courses with lab and recitation sections kept to a maximum of 25 students per section. Labs allow students to practice skills such as ECG interpretation, vital sign monitoring, health risk appraisal, fitness assessment, exercise testing and prescription, and exercise instruction. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on independent study projects. Graduate courses are offered mainly on campus with select MPH courses also available remotely. Students also complete a practicum and field training to gain hands-on experience in exercise science and public health.

About Our Facilities

Students will complete lab-based coursework in the Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning labs designed to enhance the teaching and training of the clinical and applied aspects of exercise physiology. The labs are located in Kimball Tower and serve to prepare students for national certifications in exercise assessment, prescription and programming. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in departmental laboratories including the Emergency Responder Human Performance lab, Center for Research and Education in Special Environments (CRESE), the Nutrition and Health Research lab, and the Center for Health Research. CRESE is one of the only research centers in the world that allows scientists to study extreme environments. The full CRESE team includes scientists from three schools: Public Health and Health Professions, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

About Our Faculty

The department of Exercise and Nutrition Science includes 10 tenured/tenure track faculty members, 10 clinical faculty members, and 5 affiliated faculty members. Faculty research interests include environmental physiology, occupational health and safety, thermal stress, obesity, ingestive behavior, and neural control of energy balance. Over 150 classes a year are taught by ENS faculty with the support of teaching assistants and experience adjunct faculty who are experts in their discipline.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Exercise Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Career Choices

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions that focus on disease prevention and disease management, community-based fitness and wellness, and population health.

Alumni of the program have found employment in the following fields:

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation (hospitals, clinics)
  • Chiropractic*
  • Corporate fitness
  • Worksite wellness
  • Health promotion
  • Private/commercial fitness
  • Community fitness/wellness
  • Medicine*
  • Personal fitness training
  • Physical therapy*
  • Sports performance
  • Strength and conditioning (collegiate and professional level)

*Requires further education at the professional or graduate level

Work settings include:

  • Corporate and commercial fitness centers
  • Community health and wellness organizations
  • Sports training centers and professional sports teams
  • Private training/fitness studios
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Health departments
  • Health-related non-profit organizations

Academic Advising

The Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is the centralized advisement unit in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). The office provides advisement services to all undergraduate students in the school. The overarching mission of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs is to provide academic advising and retention efforts that strengthen and enhance the diversity of the student body.

Once students begin the MPH portion of the program, they are assigned a faculty member from epidemiology who provides graduate-level academic advising.

Academic Advising Contact Information

To contact OASA, call 716-829-5000 or email OASA. The office is located in 104 Kimball Tower.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students may apply for a summer scholarship to help offset the cost of Gross Anatomy, a course taken between the third and fourth year of the program. Summer scholarships are based on financial need and academic performance. Students in the fourth year of the program may also apply for the Outstanding Senior Award, a financial award based on leadership, service, and scholarship. Honoring the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions, the J. Warren Perry Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential.

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Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:13