The Department of Health Sciences currently offers a Master of Science in Exercise Science with a public health emphasis. Faculty in the department are exploring a range of research topics including acute/chronic effects of exercise, community-based exercise and nutrition interventions, nutrition epidemiology, health disparities, urban public health, and application of technology for measuring and motivating behavior change. The concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health recognizes that inactivity is a major public health problem and represents a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Moreover, this concentration integrates key competencies for a degree in exercise science recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) including knowledge of exercise physiology and the assessment and development of physical activity and exercise programs. Graduate students seeking this degree are members of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences - a leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial, and biomedical sciences, which supports the University's mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs through inter-disciplinary research, urban engagement, experiential learning, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience.
The Exercise Science Program at Northeastern University provides students with knowledge, skills and abilities to improve the health of individuals and communities. Faculty engage in exercise based translational research and community practice, to inspire students to succeed and become lifelong contributors in the fields of exercise, physical activity, public health.