About Exercise Physiology

The field of Exercise Physiology encompasses all aspects of human physiology including cardiovascular adaptation, nutrition, muscle development, and biomechanics. We work with populations of all ages and activity levels ranging from elite athletes to sedentary peoples.

Exercise Physiologists are becoming a more prominent fixture in healthcare as the impact of physical activity on health becomes more clear and resolute. We believe tomorrow’s exercise physiologists also require skills in modifying a person’s exercise behavior, particularly patient-populations with or at risk for preventable diseases.

Completing a master's degree in Exercise Physiology will open career paths in coaching, strength & conditioning, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, worksite wellness, health coaching, public health, and research.

Our students complete a research manuscript, internship, or both as their capstone project. Students and faculty from our laboratory present and publish routinely on the topics in exercise assessment and prescription. These experiences prepare students for Ph.D. programs as well as the current job market.

Experiential Learning

Course assignments aim to take our students out of the classroom and into the field. Internships and volunteer experiences provide valuable insight into career opportunities in our field. These experiences, combined with academic and research experiences, balance classroom education with real-world applications.

American College of Sports Medicine

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The Exercise Physiology program aims to stay aligned with the ACSM mission through courses, certifications, and research. Students and faculty regularly attend and participate in the Fall and Spring Northland ACSM conferences as well as the annual National Conference.