Concordia University, St. Paul will introduce a new Master of Science in Exercise Science degree in 2014, with an anticipated start date of May. This addition marks the first Master of Science program at Concordia, which already offers a number of Master of Arts and MBA degrees.
"Growth in the health sciences has been a strategic priority for the university for several years," said Katie Fisher, assistant professor of kinesiology and health sciences at Concordia. "Students will gain an advanced knowledge of concepts within the exercise science industry, which will prepare them for careers focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management. These careers are essential to improve the health status of the United States population.”
The new program is responsive to the increased need for exercise science professionals as the United States is experiencing increased rates of chronic disease. Competent exercise science professionals can assist with the prevention, maintenance and correction of chronic disease by teaching individuals and groups how to live healthier through exercise, rehabilitation and nutrition.
"There's a growing trend placed upon a healthier lifestyles which require guidance from individuals with training in the exercise science field," Fisher added, " Students in our program will focus upon gaining competencies relative to working with a variety of populations, including youth, the aging population, athletes focusing on sport performance, and the general population."