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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion (EFHP)

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The Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) takes a science-based approach toward the fields of health and human performance. The program focuses on the role of physical activity in the promotion of health, fitness and quality of life.

Our program is recognized by the NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) which recognizes regionally accredited academic institutions for their educational programs that have met, and continue to meet, education guidelines recommended by the NSCA. 

The degree promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates ‘research-savvy practitioners’. A research-savvy practitioner is a professional who can recognize and use the latest cutting-edge knowledge when working with clients, patients, and community.

Check out the information below to determine which of the 2 concentrations is right for you. 

Criteria Wellness Practitioner Advanced Practitioner
Designed for Students With None or Minimal Prior Education in Health And Human Performance Students With Prior Education in Health And Human Performance
Format Part-Time or Full-Time Full-Time Cohort
Coursework Content Medical Terminology, Functional Anatomy, Fitness Assessment, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Nutrition, and/or Exercise Psychology Fitness Assessment, Exercise Physiology, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise Nutrition, and/or Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics, Research Methods, and Statistics, and Scientific Communications
Prospective Careers Owners and/or Managers of Public and Private (Corporate/Industrial) Exercise, Fitness, Wellness, and Health and Human Performance Facilities and Gymnasiums Athletic Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Exercise Scientists in the University, School, Private and Corporate/Industrial Settings, and/or the Pursuit of Further Academic Study (Doctoral) programs

Online Course Option

The classes in the EFHP program are offered in both face-to-face and distance learning (online) formats. To accommodate student needs, several classes are scheduled in the mornings while others are scheduled in the evenings.

The majority of the face-to-face classes are held on Mason’s Science and Technology Campus, with some face-to-face classes are held on Mason’s Fairfax campus.

The Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP) master's program is closely affiliated with the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratories.

The SMART Laboratories are three state-of-the art facilities where faculty and students from the Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion (EFHP), Athletic Training Education (ATEP), and Kinesiology (KINE) Programs conduct evidence-based research in the areas of injury prevention, lower extremity neuromechanical assessment, traumatic brain injury (TBI) concussions, youth sport, and sports performance. The SMART Laboratories are located both on the Prince William and Fairfax campuses.

SMART Lab faculty and EFHP students conduct evidence-based research in the areas of injury prevention and human performance.

Please click here Master of Science Degree for detailed information about the program and concentrations, or take a look at the Concentrations at a Glance.

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