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Exercise and Health Physiology

Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise & Health Physiology)
Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Health Physiology)

A listing of course requirements specific for the Exercise & Health Physiology Program

Exercise & Health Physiology Program Planner - Admitted Fall 2015 and onward (PDF)
Exercise & Health Physiology Program Planner - Admitted prior to Fall 2015 (PDF)
Course Descriptions

What Is Exercise & Health Physiology?

The Exercise and Health Physiology (EXHP) program builds on the fundamental knowledge of human movement and function to focus on the impact that exercise, lifestyle and diet have on the human body. EXHP majors learn how the body responds to acute exercise stress and chronic physical activity at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels via theoretical, practical and experiential models of learning. Students gain a solid understanding of the acute responses and chronic responses to exercise. Acute physiological responses to exercise include cardiorespiratory, blood pressure and blood flow responses to various modes of exercise including running, cycling and resistance training. Chronic responses to exercise include examining physiological changes over time following specific training intensities and regimes. Our EXHP students gain an appreciation of the remarkable and positive changes that the human body can undergo as a result of physical activity and exercise participation. This exercise physiology knowledge is applied to a diverse range of populations including elite athletes, persons with disabilities, persons with disease, and sedentary individuals.

Exercise and Health Physiologists grapple with questions such as "What factors are important for attaining optimal performance in athletes?" or "How can exercise help to prevent chronic disease?" or "How does regular physical activity assist in maintaining or attaining a healthy body composition/body weight?" These types of topics and issues are brought to the forefront in lectures, labs and seminars.

EXHP majors are presented with opportunities for certifications in the field of applied exercise physiology under the governing national body of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) such as the CSEP-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and CSEP-CEP (Certified Exercise Physiologist). For those EXHP students primarily interested in being practitioners there are many practicum opportunities available specific to applied exercise physiology.

The EXHP program includes course work in chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics and statistics, in addition to the kinesiology core curriculum common to all degrees from the Faculty of Kinesiology. These core courses are followed by topical studies in exercise physiology, health physiology, sport medicine, biomechanics, sport and health psychology, environmental physiology and nutrition.

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