Program Features

As a graduate student, you will receive excellent classroom instruction and conduct research on the role physical activity and/or exercise in the prevention of and rehabilitation from chronic disease. You also will gain experience through the Adult Physical Fitness Program and rehabilitation programs at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

The Adult Physical Fitness Program, started in the late 1960s by Leroy “Bud” Getchell, is designed for adults at low or moderate risk of developing cardiovascular disease (according to national guidelines from health and medical organizations). However, the program does provide services for some individuals with chronic diseases.

As an exercise leader, you will work one-on-one with participants. You will monitor their progress, develop and administer exercise prescriptions, provide education on risk factor modifications, perform health risk screening evaluations, and test exercise tolerance. In addition, you will earn automated external defibrillator (AED) certification.

You will also gain applied exercise physiology research and training experience at the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), founded in 1965.

The training doesn’t stop there. As your education continues, you will gain hands-on experience working with Phase II cardiac, pulmonary and oncology patients at Ball Hospital in a clinical rehabilitation setting.

After completing our master’s program, you can go on to careers in exercise related fields or further academic work.

All students are eligible for graduate assistantships, which provide a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.