Applied Physiology & Health Management

Applied Physiology & Health Management

The Applied Physiology & Health Management program (formerly Applied Physiology & Enterprise) is a concentration within the undergraduate major in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) housed in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

This program provides a rigorous curriculum for understanding the biological basis of health and fitness and the management skills required of professionals in the performance, health and fitness industries.

The required introductory class for students interested in applying for the APHM concentration is APSM 2441 Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab.

Academic coursework and experiential learning opportunities within this program prepare students for a variety of possible career paths including:

  • Commercial health and fitness facility management
  • Corporate fitness programming
  • Nutrition services and products
  • Sports strength and conditioning
  • Health management

Students selecting the concentration of Applied Physiology & Health Management will find that the two primary content areas of science and management are integrated by the organizing principle of evidence-based practice, which parallels the mission of the Simmons School to integrate theory, research and practice. 

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(February 2015- Sarah Bailey and Kaitlyn Maffuid were acknowledged at the Texas American College of  Sports Medicine Annual  conference in Austin, as the outstanding majors for SMU).

(December Graduation- Jennifer Rogers and Dr. Jacobs)


(APSM 3411 class)

(New APSM Majors with APHM concentrations for Fall 2014)

(New APSM Majors with APHM concentrations for Spring 2014)

(New APSM Majors with APHM concentrations for Fall 2013)

Introducing Mu Huang!


Mu Huang earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2011.  In early 2013, he completed an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of the Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Prior to his graduate studies, Mu served as a police officer in the Los Angeles Police Department, which gives him a unique perspective with regards to overcoming challenges.  Mu graduated at the top of his academy class and received the William H. Parker Award for outstanding individual and team achievement.

He resides in Dallas with his wife, Jennifer, and their two rescued dogs.