Earn your MS in HHP with the clinical exercise physiology track

The clinical exercise physiology subprogram provides advanced scientific and clinical education. It prepares students to be allied health professionals who work in the application of physical activity and behavioral interventions for clinical diseases and health conditions including cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, neuromuscular, immunologic, and hematologic diseases.

Requirements and program planning

In order to be admitted to the subprogram, students must:

  • Hold a BS or BA degree with a GPA of at least 3.00
  • Have completed anatomy and physiology with laboratories (8 semester hours)

The Master of Science with the clinical exercise physiology subprogram requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

  • Physical Activity and Dietary Behavior Change (HHP:6030), 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology (HHP:6150), 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Metabolic Exercise Testing and Prescription (HHP:6200), 4 semester hours
  • Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology 1 (HHP:6260), 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology (HHP:6410), 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology (HHP:6460), 3 semester hours
  • Pharmacology I: A Drug's Fantastic Journey (PCOL:3101), 3 semester hours

  • Advanced Research Methods and Ethics (HHP:6020)
    • Take the 2 semester hour section

One of the following:

  • Introduction to Biostatistics (BIOS:4120), 3 semester hours
  • Selected Applications of Statistics (PSQF:6242), 3 semester hours
  • Biostatistics (STAT:3510), 3 semester hours
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods (STAT:4143), 3 semester hours

  • Advanced Research Methods and Ethics (HHP:6020)
    • Take the 2 semester hours section

Students complete an individually arranged internship, usually during their second year, earning at least 3 semester hours of credit.

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship (HHP:5935), 1 to 6 semester hours

With advisor approval, students choose elective coursework that enhances their concentration in human and exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, prescriptive exercise and training for health and fitness, health maintenance, and understanding human disease.

  • Health Coaching (HHP:4020), 3 semester hours
  • Health and Human Physiology Practicum (HHP:4350), 1 to 3 semester hours
  • Planning and Evaluating Health Interventions (HHP:4420), 3 semester hours
  • Physical Activity Epidemiology (HHP:5200), 3 semester hours
  • Advanced Skeletal Muscle Physiology 1 (HHP:6130), 3 semester hours
  • Motor Control Seminar (HHP:6300), 1 semester hour
  • Integrative Physiology seminar (HHP:6400), 1 semester hour
  • Advanced Physiology of Aging (HHP:6470), 3 semester hours
  • Seminar in Health Promotion (HHP:6500), 1 semester hour      
  • Advanced Energetics in Health and Disease (HHP:6510), 3 semester hour
  • Advanced Sensorimotor Neurophysiology (HHP:7300), 3 semester hour
  • Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students (ACB:5203), 5 to 6 semester hours
  • Basic Biology of Human Disease (BIOL:3743), 2 semester hours
  • Nutrition Epidemiology (EPID:6350), 2 semester hours
  • Nutrition Intervention in Clinical Trials Research (EPID:6360), 2 semester hours
  • Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (EPID:6600), 3 semester hours
  • Pharmacology II: Mechanisms of Drug Action (PCOL:3102), 3 semester hours
  • Health Psychology (PSY:3010), 3 semester hours
  • Behavior Modification (PSY:3340), 3 semester hours
  • Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity in Health Care (PTRS:6224)
  • Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement (PTRS:7812), 3 semester hours
  • Analysis of Activity-Based Plasticity (PTRS:7875), 3 semester hours


Students enrolled in the MS Clinical Exercise Physiology track are required to take 3 semester hours of internship credits during their second year. Students enroll in HHP:5935 Clinical Exercise Physiology Internship and are arranged individually in consultation with Gary Pierce.

A list of popular internship sites at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and elsewhere is listed below:

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