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Exercise & Health Sciences

Welcome to the Exercise & Health Sciences Department

The Exercise and Health Sciences (EHS) Department offers undergraduate (BS) and graduate programs (MS and PhD) in Exercise and Health Sciences

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About Our Department

The Exercise & Health Science (EHS) Department is an integral part of the Donna M. and Robert J. Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences (MCNHS). We offer undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS and PhD) programs, all in Exercise and Health Sciences.

The BS program is one of the largest undergraduate majors on campus and has a current enrollment of approximately 500 students. The BS curriculum provides a solid foundation based on the principles of exercise science while offering the flexibility for students to prepare for careers through the following four pathways: Pre-Health, Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and Health Promotion, and Fitness and Strength & Conditioning. For talented BS students, we also encourage consideration of our graduate programs.

Our graduate programs have a current enrollment of approximately 30 students. The MS program provides two concentrations – Applied Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity and Health Promotion, and two options – Thesis and Practicum. The program prepares students to pursue careers in research or to become practitioners and leaders in the field. Our PhD program is built upon our MS curriculum, and doctoral students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on supervised research and dissertation projects. Many of our doctoral students have obtained highly regarded research and teaching positions after graduation.

The EHS faculty are excellent educators, mentors, and scholars. Students benefit from EHS faculty through classroom teaching, experiential learning, and research projects. Our faculty’s research broadly addresses one of the leading challenges of our time – the quest for health equity. The two main foci for faculty research are applied exercise science with an overarching theme of understanding physiological mechanisms in vulnerable populations such as racial and ethnic minority groups and the promotion of physical activity in at-risk populations such as children and older adults. 

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Mission, Values, Goals

Our Mission

To engage in scientific discovery and dissemination of knowledge for the advancement and promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in individuals and communities.

Our Vision

To be nationally recognized for excellence in advancing health equity, promoting physical activity, and preparing students through innovative research, teaching, and community engagement.

Our Values

  • Physical Activity for All
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Community Impact

Our Goals

  • Improve student learning and success in the undergraduate Exercise and Health Sciences program
  • Increase enrollment and enhance student learning and success in the Exercise and Health Sciences graduate programs
  • Maintain or increase research funding, publications and presentations by faculty and students
  • Grow contributions and visibility locally, nationally, and internationally through professional engagement and service

American Kinesiology Association
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The University of Massachusetts Boston Exercise and Health Sciences Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association. The Bachelor in Exercise and Health Sciences Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Contact Us

Department of Exercise & Health Sciences
100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617.287.7500
Fax: 617. 287.7527