Applied Health Physiology Program

The Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology (AHPH) program, offered at both the Salisbury University and Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campuses, focuses on the areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, fitness and wellness, and strength and conditioning. Therefore, students are prepared for a wide range of professional careers from clinical physiology, to community and corporate wellness, to university-based athletics. In addition, for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree, AHPH prepares them for success in rigorous Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs. The comprehensive AHPH curriculum includes individualized student experiences, responsive to the changing demands of the applied health care community. The program also fosters a commitment for every student to earn an appropriate professional credential from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Finally, every student participates in a supervised internship in focused areas of practice to gain valuable practical experience.

The AHPH program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Furthermore, the program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) at the graduate level by their Education Recognition Program. Together, these two respected oversight organizations help us to define and develop a quality academic experience that benefits both the graduate and, importantly, the individual receiving professional guidance from that graduate. Each of the last three years, at least 92% of AHPH students have been employed in the field or have started pursuing an advanced degree within three months of graduation. Furthermore, over this same time period, our graduates have earned a 100% employer satisfaction rate. The AHPH program, therefore, has a growing reputation for preparing physiologists to excel in their field of choice. Recent job placements of AHPH graduates include Princeton University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and the Boston Red Sox (for Strength and Conditioning), as well as the National Institute on Aging, University of Maryland St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Shady Grove Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (for Clinical Exercise Physiology).

The well-regarded AHPH faculty invite you to discuss your professional aspirations with us and determine if earning a Master of Science in applied health physiology will advance your career goals. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Pellinger, AHPH program chair, at 410-677-0144 or tkpellinger@salisbury.edu or Noah Gibson, Clinical Assistant Professor and Site Coordinator at USG, at nmgibson@salisbury.edu

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Program Information

Program of Study

The Master of Science (M.S.) in applied health physiology requires the completion of 39 credit hours, of which a minimum of 27 credit hours must be earned at Salisbury University. The program must be completed with a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0, with no more than six credit hours below a grade of B, and no grade lower than a C. A maximum of two course repetitions for the purpose of grade improvement are allowed. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation according to University Policy.

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AHPH Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Applied Health Physiology program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in 2017. The AHPH Program reported these outcomes.

Further information regarding CAAHEP accreditation may be found at: caahep.org/Students/Find-a-Program.aspx

YEAR CULMINATING EXPERIENCE PARTICIPATION GRADUATE POSITIVE PLACEMENT EMPLOYER SATISFACTION
2018 100% 92% 100%

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