Through partnerships with many other schools, community agencies, neighborhood health centers, and additional centers and departments in the university, students are able to work side-by-side with faculty in conducting cutting-edge research, are exposed to diversified experiential learning opportunities, and have access to practice sites that service the pressing health needs within the Boston area. Partnering centers within Northeastern include including the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice, the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, and the Northeastern’s Humanities Center.
Master's Degree in Exercise Science -- Physical Activity and Public Health
Northeastern University offers a Master of Science (MS) in Exercise Science with a concentration in physical activity and public health that integrates key competencies in exercise science recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The program addresses ACSM’s mission to promote scientific research, knowledge and practical applications of exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness,
health and quality of life. Graduate students will gain knowledge of the key concepts of exercise science and fitness as well as skills to assess, test and prescribe physical activity and exercise. Additionally, the program of study includes a research practicum that integrates research design theories with the practical experience of designing and executing a research study in the field of physical activity/exercise.
Graduates of this program have a strong foundation in exercise science, public health, physical activity, and research. Additional areas of focus such as nutrition and clinical exercise may also be incorporated based on student’s interests. This knowledge base and skills will increase their competitiveness when seeking job opportunities in various settings such as city, county, or state health departments, federal health agencies, private companies, professional organizations, nonprofit organizations, commercial organizations, health maintenance organizations, hospitals and community health centers. The program also prepares graduates interested in pursuing a doctoral degree.
Access to University and Professional Research Centers
In the Department of Health Sciences, students and faculty members work together on research that focuses on the application of knowledge to real world community issues. Through the college's many university and community partnerships, students become well acquainted with the professional demands and expectations in their respective careers. The college is affiliated with 12 research centers and programs, including the Critical Care Fellowship Program, Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice, and "Health in Motion" Van.
The Human Performance and Exercise Science Laboratory is located in the Behrakis Health Sciences Center. The 2000 square foot facility is equipped with the state-of-art technology for teaching and research in exercise science. Equipment in the laboratory allow to measure cardiopulmonary function and aerobic assessment; body composition and bone density; anaerobic power; muscle strength, power, and endurance; muscle histology and biomarkers; and resting energy expenditure. Research and practice in the Human Performance and Exercise Science Laboratory include different populations such as athletes, children, older adults and special populations with diabetic, metabolic, and cardiovascular complications. Faculty conduct cutting-edge research research projects at multiple levels. Graduate students work closely with faculty and actively interact with undergraduate students and research participants, obtaining hands-on practical skills and research experiences.
Supported by an Experienced Faculty
Faculty members from the Department of Health Sciences are highly experienced in the fields of social and environmental determinants of health, mental health, behavioral health, environmental health, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, health disparities, population health, social epidemiology, aging, personal health informatics and computer human interface, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity and chronic disease management, health policy and law, and public health. Students are able to work side-by-side with faculty in conducting cutting-edge research in these fields.