Program Overview

Exercise & Disease (MS / PhD)

The Exercise and Disease faculty conduct state of the science research aimed to advance the understanding of the role of exercise in the context of chronic disease prevention and amelioration of health outcomes attributed to chronic disease.

Graduate programs in Exercise and Disease provide translational and transdisciplinary training through coursework, directed experiences in research and teaching, and culminate in student-driven research.  Students must be accepted into the Graduate School and then recommended for admission into the program by the Exercise and Disease faculty.  Students train primarily under the guidance of a faculty mentor, yet all students participate collectively in the program.

Upon completion of the MS-thesis track, examples of career opportunities include but are not limited to the following: clinical exercise physiologist, research coordinator, research associate, health and wellness operations manager, and instructor at a university. Examples of career opportunities upon completion of the PhD track include but are not limited to: tenure-track faculty at a university, non-tenure track faculty as part of a research team, medical science liaison, academic program coordinator, and institutional review board officer.

Research Pillars

  • Women’s health
  • Metabolism, diabetes and obesity
  • Cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship

Core faculty

1.  Adriana Coletta - Exercise across the cancer continuum (prevention, treatment, survivorship)

2. Tanya Halliday - Exercise and appetite regulation; weight management

3. Janet Shaw - Physical activity and women’s health, pelvic floor health

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