About the Department
Welcome to the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Exercise and Health Sciences Program (EHS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I am delighted that you are considering our Program and careers in the fields of exercise and the health sciences. Our commitment to excellence in teaching and research provides a sound theoretical knowledge and exemplary practical experience that is needed in the rapidly-growing fields of exercise and health. I trust that you will find the information on our website and in our student handbook helpful, and I welcome you to visit with us should you wish to further explore any facet of our program.
The Exercise and Health Sciences Undergraduate Program was created to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing a variety of health-related careers. As a relatively new academic discipline, we are among the fastest-growing programs of study in the country. Our enrollment has nearly tripled in just a few short years to over 500 students who represent the rich sociocultural diversity of a great research-based University. Our faculty ranks have likewise increased, to nearly twenty full- and part-time professors, who represent the best and brightest in the exercise and health fields.
Our curriculum is both challenging and rewarding, offering students a broad theoretical knowledge base coupled with experiential learning opportunities at many of the top institutions in Boston, the health care capital of the world. The EHS curriculum is also flexible, allowing students the ability to tailor these programs to match career and/or graduate study interests. Further, we offer superior facilities where students will gain in-class practical knowledge, such as our dedicated EHS lab in the Center for Clinical Education and Research, and GoKids!, a center which leads the nation as a research facility focused on reducing sedentary lifestyles and obesity in urban youth.
I recognize the personal and financial investment students make when pursuing higher education and I am confident you will find the faculty and staff of the Exercise and Health Sciences Program will be there to help you through your educational journey, and beyond.
Laurie Milliken, Ph.D., FACSM
Chair, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences