Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion (EFHP)
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.
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