Master of Science - Exercise Science
Seventy percent (70%) of all premature death and chronic disability could be prevented with appropriate lifestyle changes. This includes sensible nutrition, exercise, and stopping smoking. An active lifestyle (Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General) can significantly reduce all-cause mortality and morbidity as well as morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease (Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health: NIH Consensus Statement), diabetes (American Diabetes Association), osteoporosis, obesity, mental health disorders, and cancer. It can improve our quality of life as well as increase our chances for longevity. Because of this awareness and the sky-rocketing cost of treatment-oriented health care, allied health professionals in preventive and rehabilitation programs are poised on the threshold of becoming major players in an approach to health care emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention rather than a preoccupation with treatment. Allied health professionals in such programs assist Americans in assuming some responsibility for their health. The number of such wellness, preventive, and rehabilitation programs is rapidly expanding. We intend for our graduates to make strong contributions in these areas.
To help meet this need, the School of Kinesiology in the Marshall University College of Health Professions offers a Master of Science degree program in Exercise Science with a (1) Clinical Applied Area of Emphasis: Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation and an (2) Exercise Physiology Area of Emphasis to prepare students for careers in the community, hospital and medical center, corporate wellness, performance enhancement, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation settings. Preparation for such positions includes an emphasis on leadership roles and skills that permit one to work with individuals on a client/patient continuum from the elite athlete to the cardiac transplant patient, men and women, the young and senior populations as well as the recreational athlete and those simply wishing to stay healthy by living sensibly.