Physical Activity Epidemiology
Graduate Advisor: Lisa Cadmus Bertram, Ph.D.
Synopsis: Physical activity epidemiology deals with the frequency
and patterns of physical activity in the population and the relationship between
physical activity and health and disease. The graduate program in physical activity
epidemiology is intended to provide students with advanced study in physical activity
measurement issues, study design, and relationships of physical activity with specific
health and disease states. Graduate study in this area will cover both advanced
exercise physiology for grounding in the biology of exercise, as well as epidemiologic
and relevant statistical courses that provide background in population-level study
design and analysis.
Purpose of Graduate Study: The MS degree with a specialization
in Physical Activity Epidemiology is designed to:
- Introduce the beginning graduate student to population-based studies of physical
activity and health and disease outcomes.
- Prepare students for advanced Ph.D. level work.
The Ph.D. degree is designed to prepare students for scholarly research and teaching
in this area. Students obtaining a Ph.D. will be expected to go on for post-doctoral
work prior to establishing independent research programs. The flexible curriculum
in this program area will be tailored to individual students, with courses selected
from exercise physiology, exercise psychology, biostatistics, epidemiology and population
health, biochemistry, nutrition, or other areas deemed to provide a solid grounding
sufficient to understand and conduct research in this area.
Laboratory Facilities and Experimental Approaches: The Physical
Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is housed in the Unit II Gymnasium. Research efforts
in this laboratory are directed at validating the measurement of physical activity
in populations, the associations between a physically active lifestyle and various
biomarkers of aging and cancer, and the associations between activity and health
outcomes such as incident cancer, cancer recurrence, functional status in the elderly,
and various health behaviors. The laboratory houses space for the interviewing of
study subjects as well as computers for the collection and storage of study data.
Prerequisites for admission to Physical Activty Epidemiology track, MS and PhD
Course Requirements, MS & PhD, Physical Activity Epidemiology track in Kines.