A Message from the Chair


Important Messages:

We are happy to announce that we re-opening our campus offices on June 1. For your continued welfare and protection, however, we will monitor access to our buildings and limit the number of people in our offices by keeping our exterior doors locked during the month of June. Nonetheless, we are eager to visit with you and request that you contact us to schedule a virtual or face-to-face meeting by calling 214-768-2776  or e-mailing apsm@smu.edu. If you forget to pre-schedule, no worries; these contact numbers will be posted on our exterior doors as well. … And as always, feel free to call or e-mail us anytime during our regular business hours; we are here to help!

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The Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness offers undergraduate and graduate programs and manages research labs that promote academic rigor and the scientific advancement of the field of applied physiology. 

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Sport Management (APSM) offers concentrations in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Sport Management, and Sport Performance Leadership.  The department also offers undergraduate minors in applied physiology, applied physiology and health management, sport management, and sport performance leadership for students earning baccalaureate degrees in other departments at SMU. 

The department’s graduate programs include an M.S. in Sport Management, an M.S. in Health Promotion Management, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physiology.

The three research labs support funded scientific investigations and promote sound practice in the sport, health leadership, and management industries. The Locomotor Performance Lab studies the relationship of muscle function to metabolic energy expenditure and performance. The Applied Physiology/Biomechanics Lab investigates autonomic function and thermoregulation in healthy and clinical populations, and the Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory investigates cerebral blood-flow regulation and the role of the autonomic nervous system in healthy and diseased humans.

Master of Science in Health Promotion Management

Whom does this course of study serve?

This program serves corporate wellness coordinators, account executives, project managers, community health workers, health service managers, and health coaches and educators.

What are the benefits of completion?

The Master of Science in Health Promotion Management is a collaborative program that combines foundational health promotion courses taught by industry experts with the world-class management courses provided at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. Graduates typically work in corporate wellness offices, serve as project managers for health programs, work in community health centers, manage health services, and serve as health coaches and educators.

Master of Science in Sport Management

Whom does this course of study serve?

SMU’s Master of Science in Sport Management degree is designed for students who have a passion for the business of sport and who aspire to hold senior-management positions in the billion-dollar sports industry.

What are the benefits of completion?

Cox School and Simmons School faculty members with real-world experience in professional leagues and teams, media and broadcasting, marketing and sponsorship, facilities and sports equipment, and apparel teach the essential business skills of sport management.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology & Sport Management

Whom does this course of study serve?

This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in working in the fitness, wellness, health, and sports industries.

What are the benefits of completion?

The B.S. in APSM degree program explores health, fitness, and human performance from the perspectives of business, physiology, and ethics. Students focus their studies in one of the following areas.

• Sport Management: equips students with the business skills necessary for a variety of careers in the sports industry - including media, marketing, facilities, equipment, and apparel sport professions.

• Applied Physiology and Health Management: provides in-depth study of the research-based training methods that are used to develop effective lifestyle prescriptions and that equip students with the skills to design and manage fitness and health facilities for a rapidly-growing older population.

• Sport Performance Leadership: designed for students interested in sport leadership, instruction, and coaching.

UG Minors in Applied Physiology & Sport Management

Whom does this course of study serve?

Undergraduate “minors” serve students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in departments other than Applied Physiology and Wellness.

What are the benefits of completion?

An undergraduate “minor” provides an opportunity to explore an academic area other than and in addition to the undergraduate “major” area. The Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness offers four APSM minors: applied physiology, sport management, applied physiology and health management, and sport performance leadership.

Ph.D. in Education - Applied Physiology

Whom does this course of study serve?

The program is designed for the student interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with a strong research design and statistics focus in applied physiology.

What are the benefits of completion?

The curriculum is largely research and statistics based.

Personal Responsibility and Wellness

Whom does this course of study serve?

As part of the University Curriculum, all SMU undergraduates are required to take PRW1 and PRW2 Wellness courses, which serve to enhance the social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being of students.

What are the benefits of completion?

All department offerings challenge students to think critically about the decisions they make and teach skills to deal with potential imbalances in lifestyle. Learning opportunities encourage an attitude of personal responsibility and lifelong comprehensive wellness.