Salisbury University – one of nine state universities that offers academic programs on the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus in Montgomery County – announced that it will be bringing a new master’s degree program in applied health physiology (AHPH) to USG, starting this fall.   

“We are excited that Salisbury will be expanding its offerings on the USG campus, adding to its undergraduate degree in exercise science with this new master’s program in applied health physiology,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein, executive director of USG and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Maryland (USM). “Health and wellness is a rapidly growing field and this program will be beneficial for students seeking careers in this important industry.”

“There is a growing demand for this program, offered by our School of Health Sciences,” said Dr. Kelly Fiala, transitional dean of SU’s new College of Health and Human Services. “We are thrilled to bring the program to USG, in addition to the B.S. in exercise science that we already offer. SU is committed to providing quality education throughout the state.”

SU’s AHPH program focuses on the areas of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, fitness and wellness, and strength and conditioning, preparing students for a wide range of professional careers from clinical physiology, to community and corporate wellness, to university-based athletics.

“Our graduates have exceptional job placements and are prepared for multiple credentialing examinations,” said Dr. Thomas Pellinger, program chair. “Students gain at least 500 hours of practical internship experience. Our curriculum offers individualized experiences responsive to students varied interests and changing demands of the field.”

SU’s AHPH program is the only master’s of its kind in Maryland accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences. It also has been recognized as a National Strength and Conditioning Association distinguished program. The program accommodates non-traditional students, with convenient hybrid and evening courses.

USG offers approximately 80 degree programs from nine Maryland public universities on its campus in Rockville. The addition of SU’s AHPH program this fall coincides with a major USG expansion: the opening of a new, 220,000-square-foot Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Facility, providing state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, active learning classrooms, clinical training facilities, academic offices and expanded student services.

For more information about Salisbury’s AHPH program, contact Dr. Pellinger at 410-677-0144 or; or visit the program website at