APHM Specialization

The Applied Physiology and Health Management specialization equips students with the skills to design research-based training methods for the development of effective lifestyle prescriptions and to design and manage fitness and health facilities for a rapidly-growing aging population. The gateway courses required to be considered for the major in APSM with a Applied Physiology and Health Management specialization are APSM 2441- Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab and APSM 3343- Health Promotion Practice.

The course offerings within this concentration focus on holistic fitness and health outcomes and are formulated and presented around the central theme of evidence-based practice. This strategy endows students with the analytic skills necessary to evaluate and properly incorporate research results into professional practice. The Applied Physiology and Health Management specialization provides students with the solid research foundation that is necessary for leaders, educators and practitioners in the prevention of chronic diseases that plague our society and cripple our health care budget.

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

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

*For many of the following career possibilities, additional coursework will be required. For details, see an Applied Physiology and Health Management adviser.

  • Exercise Physiologist within all types of Fitness Centers
  • Research Scientist and Research Associate*
  • Directors, General Managers of Fitness Centers-Corporate, Hospital-based ( e.g. Finley-Ewing, Tom Landry, non-profits-YMCA)
  • Brokers for health insurances to fund/subsidize wellness/fitness programs with companies
  • Owner /Director of private small fitness enterprises - studios, clinics
  • Spa Director with emphasis in the fitness programming
  • Program Directors within all types of Fitness Centers
  • Personal Trainer - within a club, your own business, specialized to different populations*
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation*
  • Technicians for fitness testing
  • Medical Doctor/Orthopedic/Cardiologist/ Physician's Assistant*
  • Sales of medical, performance, or products (equipment or nutritional products, apparel)
  • Physical Therapy-private to targeted groups, sports medicine centers, performance centers, occupational*
  • Athletic Trainer*
  • Fitness consultant and writer for journals, magazines and websites
  • Sports Performance trainer - sports performance centers and teams
  • Nutritionist with a Master's and a RD (Registered Dietician)*
  • Product development for fitness apparel and fitness equipment
  • Marketing Analyst for fitness products and action sports and following current market trends
  • Social Media director for fitness and health organizations
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Nursing

Students selecting the specialization of Applied Physiology and Health Management within the Applied Physiology and Sport Management major 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 of Education and Human Development to integrate theory, research and practice.

Credit Hour Summary

Credit Hour Summary

University Curriculum

Foundations (14 units)

Pillars (10 levels)

Proficiencies and Experiences (8 categories)

Core Applied Physiology and Sport Management Major Curriculum - 16 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Reqs
APSM 3332 Legal and Ethical Aspects (2441) 3 2441
APSM 3340 Applied Management Skills (2441) 3 2441
APSM 3321 Biomechanics (2441) 3 2441
APSM 3411 Exercise Physiology (2441,2442) 3 2441,2442
APSM 4315 Senior Project (STAT 2331; Sr Standing) 3 Sr Standing

Core Applied Physiology and Health Management Concentration - 20 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Reqs
APSM 2441* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 less than 90 hrs
APSM 2442** Human Anatomy and Physiology II
4 less than 90 hrs
APSM 3343** Health Promotion Practice 3
APSM 4351 Fitness and Health Enterprise (2441) 3 Jr Standing
APSM 4610 Internship 6
Sr Standings
- Gateway courses APSM 2441*/2442** or 3343** must be completed before applying to the major

APHM Electives (Choose 3 - total of 9 hours)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Pre-Reqs
APSM 3351 Nutrition 3
APSM 4312 Physiology in Health and Disease 3 2441,2442,3411
APSM 4349 Healthcare Policy* 3 2441; APHM majors
APSM 4355 Creating Impact & Global Health 3 Instructor Consent
APSM 4261-4361 Research Practicum (3hrs max) 3 Instructor Consent

Spring offerings only

Total Credit Hours for Completion of APHM Major: 45