MS Exercise Science / MPH

Please note:

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Program Overview

The Department of Health Sciences at Northeastern University offers a combined Master in Public Health (MPH)-Master of Science in Exercise Science (EXSC) program. This dual degree program allows qualified students to achieve their goal of obtaining a more robust understanding of public health through an MPH degree while also completing their MS in Exercise Science. Coursework consists of advanced physiology such as musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems and the assessment and prescription of exercise and physical activity in the context of the social determinants of health. Graduates of the program will benefit from having a greater understanding of public health issues in the fields of exercise and physical activity in order to better design exercise prescription programs in the healthcare industry that aim to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Hands-on, Experiential Learning in Laboratory Setting

Supportive Learning Environment
with Outstanding Student Mentoring


The MS Exercise Science/MPH Program is a professional (non-thesis) master’s dual degree program offered by the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Health Sciences. Characteristics of the curriculum include academic rigor and competency-based education in a supportive and engaging learning environment. The curriculum components meet the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements and key competencies for a degree in exercise science recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

All MS/MPH degree candidates must complete a total of 54 credits consisting of:

9 courses, 3 credits each = 27 credits

  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Public Health Administration and Policy
  • Society, Behavior, and Health
  • Principles and History of Urban Health
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
  • Urban Community Health Assessment
  • Health Education and Program Planning

6 courses, 3 credits each = 18 credits

  • Physical Activity and Exercise: Prescription, Measurement, and Testing
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • Musculoskeletal Health/Disease
  • Electrocardiography
  • Applied Research Methods

1 course, 3 credits each = 3 credits

One elective course may be taken on a range of public health topics. Cross-departmental offerings are included in elective courses and provide students with unique opportunities to focus their interests in emerging areas of  public health practice and research methods.

  • Social Survey Research Methods
  • Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
  • Global Health
  • Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
  • Improving the Patient Experience through Informatics

Minimum 200 hour, community-based internship (3 credits)

The goal of the Practicum is to provide the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom learning in a public health work environment, enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field. The student contributes to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems, while developing practical skills and personal confidence as a public health professional. The practicum serves as a transition point for the student from education to professional practice.

The nature and location of the practicum is flexible. Students have completed their practicum in many different settings, including:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • The Fenway Institute
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Framingham Heart Study
  • Hebrew Senior Life
  • Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health
  • Michigan Institute of Social Research
  • Year Up


Students in our program also have access to Northeastern’s Experiential Network (XN), which pairs students with industry partners to complete short (six-week), virtual projects that complement their academic work and enables them to build their professional network at the same time.

To learn more about how public health internships, like our program’s Practicum requirement and those offered through Northeastern’s Experiential Network (XN), can be used to gain pre-professional experience, click here.

Capstone Project (3 credits)

As a culminating experience, students are required to complete a capstone project that is health education/programming planning-oriented and integrates an experiential clinical exercise science component. Capstone Projects are student led and designed in consultation with community partners. Faculty members provide guidance and mentoring. Students participate in a Capstone Seminar intended to support the integration of their practice and analytic experiences.


The MS in Exercise Science/MPH Program accepts students for entry in Fall only. Specific details and deadlines are outlined below.

All applicants must apply via the SOPHAS application system:

Applicants accepted: Domestic and International
Delivery: Primarily on campus with one or two classes online
Student status: Full-time
Application deadline: 5/15

It is recommended that international students who need to change their visa status to F1 apply by 3/15.

Admissions Checklist

Click each required application item for more information.

Completed Application via SOPHAS
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Prerequisite coursework
Official Transcripts
Official Test Scores
Three Evaluations
Personal Statement

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program! Please feel free to send general program inquiries and admissions-related questions to [email protected].

Rui Li

Rui Li, PhD
Exercise Science Program Director
[email protected]

Neil Maniar

Neil Maniar, PhD, MPH
MPH Program Director
[email protected]