Exercise Science Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Exercise Science Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University


Northeastern University Department of Health Sciences

Northeastern University's Bouve College of Health Sciences houses the Department of Health Sciences. The college's mission to inspire and create the next generation of interprofessional health leaders who will address the wellbeing of the global community. Their vision is to embrace the diversity inherent in humanity and capitalize on the opportunity to educate talented students while generating and disseminating new knowledge for the betterment of health and healthcare for people everywhere. The department offers students world-class education, research, and service in health sciences to promote health and well-being among individuals, communities, and populations.

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.

The MS program requires 36 semester hours of courses, including core courses in:

Exercise Science (4 courses or 12 SH) which provide the foundation for the understanding of advanced principles of exercise physiology on acute and chronic responses to endurance and strength exercise in major body systems including the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems.

Research (3 courses or 9 SH) which provide the foundation to understand epidemiological and intervention studies, and the fundamental principles and concepts in biostatistics. The research practicum provides hands on experience on a specific research project while integrating concepts learned in the classroom.

Public Health (2 courses or 6 SH) which provides the foundation to plan, develop, implement and evaluate primary prevention programs on exercise/physical activity and nutrition; as well as to understand how these programs are administered and the approaches taken to translate evidence-based programs in primary prevention to practice and policy.

Elective Courses in Public Health or Nutrition (3 courses or 9 SH) which enhance students' competitiveness and diversified portfolio.

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.

Financial Aid Opportunities

The financial aid office at Northeastern University is committed to helping students find the funds needed to complete their degrees, as evidenced by its efforts helping Boston residents find more than $10.5 million in financial assistance each year. In addition to federal loans and grants, Northeastern offers graduate students a number of departmental research and teaching assistantships. Additional graduate student resources include the Double Husky Scholarship for students with a bachelor's from Northeastern; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Graduate Fellowship for African-American students with solid academics and financial need; and the Graduate Dean's Scholarship for students in the top third of their incoming classes.

Northeastern University -- An Experiential Research University

Northeastern University was founded in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, and today stands as one of the nation's premier experiential research universities. Students in Northeastern's 9 principal schools and colleges are given educational opportunities that go beyond traditional instruction, to develop skills in topics that meet the current and future needs of global society, particularly in the rapidly growing areas of health, security, and sustainability.

Northeastern is also considered one of the most climate conscious universities in the country. The school is a founding member of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at higher education institutions. The university has also been awarded the highest score among Boston-based universities on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

Location & Contact

Exercise Science
Bouve College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
316 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States 

Contact Info
Prof. Carmen Sceppa
Phone: 617-373-5543
Fax: 617-373-2968
Email: c.sceppa@neu.edu

Contact Info
Margaret Schnabel
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 617-373-2708
Email: bouvegrad@neu.edu

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Physical Activity And Public Health Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required and optional
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 36
    • Accepted25
    • Acceptance Rate 69%
    • Enrolled 13
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students26
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
Research Assistantships With Tuition Reimbursements, Teaching Assistantships With Tuition Reimbursements, Career-Related Internships Or Fieldwork, Federal Work-Study, Scholarships/Grants, Tuition Waivers (Partial), And Unspecified Assistantships Available. Support Available To Part-Time Students. Financial Award Application Deadline: 3/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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