Staff and faculty of UMass Boston's Exercise and Health Sciences Department in the Integrated Sciences Complex

About the Department

Welcome to the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences 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. I am confident that you will find our commitment to excellence in teaching, research and mentoring will provide you with the sound theoretical knowledge and essential practical experience you will need as you enter 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 contact us or visit with us should you wish to learn more about any facet of our program. 

The Undergraduate Exercise and Health Sciences 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 grown dramatically to approximately 700 talented, motivated, high-achieving undergraduate students who represent the rich sociocultural diversity of a great research-based University and we have recently initiated master’s and PhD graduate programs. Our faculty is recognized both nationally and internationally as the best and brightest in the exercise and health fields.  

You will find our curriculum to be challenging and rewarding, offering students a sound theoretical knowledge base coupled with practical 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 to tailor these programs to match career and/or graduate study interests.  Furthermore, we offer cutting-edge facilities where students will gain practical knowledge, such as our dedicated EHS lab in the Center for Clinical Education and Research, and GoKids!,  a nationally-recognized center which provides groundbreaking health and exercise education to Boston-area children. 

I recognize the personal investment you are making in your future, 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. 

Jessica Whiteley, PhD
Chair, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences