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MS in Exercise Physiology: Human Performance Track

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The master's program in human performance uniquely prepares you for the professional workforce in a summer-to-summer, 34-hour program (three semesters on campus, one semester off campus). Interactions with athletes and coaches will allow you to gain an understanding of the day-to-day operations in the field as well as network with professionals who are connected to the industry. Various projects relating to performance and athletics will challenge and develop your problem-solving skills. Your educational experience at Ohio University is continual whether in the classroom, weight room, practice field, or testing laboratory. 

Practicum, Laboratory Spaces, and Performance Analytics

Practicum placement opportunities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Ohio University Strength and Conditioning
  • Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • Ohio University Human Performance Center
  • University and local athletic teams

The Human Performance Center includes state-of-the-art laboratory spaces specifically designed to monitor:

  • Resistance training
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Body composition

Learn more about the Human Performance Center.

Performance Data Analytics in humans and sports require practitioners to have the capacity to manage large data sets and derive meaningful information from the collected data. The program's curriculum and planned experiences help you develop a systematic approach to using analytics to understand the meaning of the acquired results. Experiences in performance data analytics are offered through:

  • Related coursework
  • Ohio University Athletics
  • Ohio University Running Clinic
  • Research

Enhance Your Academic Experience

Professional academic development is derived from the entirety of your graduate experience. We encourage involvement in other educational experiences and certifications not only to increase your full knowledge in the field but to also increase your employability. Some of these experiences could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Instructor Certification
  • Performance analytics training
  • Technical proficiency with laboratory and field equipment

Sample Course Schedule

Summer ICredit Hours
EXPH 5150 Physiology of Exercise Lab 2
EXPH 6080 Research Methods and Statistics4
EXPH 6920 Practicum Experience 1
EXPH 5999 Exercise Physiology Seminar 1
EXPH 6150 Testing and Monitoring in Performance 4
EXPH 6560 Advanced Physiology of Exercise 3
EXPH 6570 Advanced Physiology of Exercise Lab 1
EXPH 6920 Practicum Experience 2
EXPH 5999 Exercise Physiology Seminar 1
or EXPH 6931 Independent Study (if CSCS has been obtained) 
EXPH 6160 Advanced Resistance Training 3
EXPH 6600 Advanced Biomechanics 3
EXPH 6920 Practicum Experience 2
NUTR 6600 Nutrition for Sport and Fitness 3
Summer II 
EXPH 6910 Internship1

Admissions Information & Funding

Applications must be submitted by February 15th for full consideration of admission, financial aid, and graduate funding opportunities. Competitive financial awards are available annually to qualified students. Awards provide partial to full-tuition funding along with a living stipend to support the academic year while at Ohio University. 

View the admissions guidelines page for more information.


Program Contact:

Angie Hillman, Ph.D.
Research and Human Performance Graduate Coordinator