High Altitude Exercise Physiology Master Program Course ​Requirements

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM

A minimum of 36 credits, including six thesis credits, are required for the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master program. All students must complete 24 core credits in addition to at least 12 elective credits. All coursework and thesis must be completed by the end of the second year.

The Program consists of two twelve week semesters in the fall and spring. Fall semester starts the third week of September and ends mid-December. Spring term starts early February and ends the first week of May.  

HAEP Program Core Coursework (24 credits)

ESS 600   Advanced Statistics:   3 credits
ESS 601   Quantitative Research Methods:   3 credits
ESS 605   Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Lab:   3 credits
ESS 606   Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Field:   3 credits
ESS 640   Environmental Exercise Physiology I:   3 credits
ESS 650   HAEP Seminar – Thesis Proposal Development:   3 credits
ESS 695   Thesis:   6 credits
At least 12 credits from the following:
ESS 630   Clinical Exercise Physiology:   3 credits
ESS 641   Environmental Exercise Physiology II:   3 credits
ESS 660   Health Promotion:   3 credits
ESS 675   Clinical Exercise Programming:   3 credits
ESS 685   Cardiopulmonary Physiology:   3 credits
ESS 692   Independent Study:   1-3 credits
ESS 698   Practicum/Internship:   1-6 credits

High Altitude Exercise Physiology Course Description

ESS 600   Advanced Statistics   3 credits
Statistical tools for scientific research, including parametric and non-parametric methods for ANOVA and group comparisons, simple linear and multiple linear regression. Emphasis placed on the use of dedicated statistical software.

ESS 601   Quantitative Research Methods   3 credits
Research design and methodology in environmental exercise physiology.

ESS 605   Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Lab   3 credits
Techniques of in-lab exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.

ESS 606   Exercise and Sport Science Testing and Instrumentation – Field   3 credits
Techniques of field-based exercise testing and result interpretation in healthy and/or diseased populations.

ESS 630   Clinical Exercise Physiology   3 credits
Physiological study of acute and chronic responses to exercise in diseased populations.

ESS 640   Environmental Exercise Physiology I   3 credits
Principles of exercise physiology in extreme environmental conditions including extreme temperatures, hyper- and hypobarometric pressure, air pollution, sleep deprivation, and zero gravity. Healthy and diseased populations are studied.

ESS 641   Environmental Physiology II   3 credits
Advanced research and principles of exercise physiology in extreme environmental conditions including extreme temperatures, hyperand hypobarometric pressure, air pollution, sleep deprivation, and zero gravity. Healthy and diseased populations are studied. Prerequisite: Environmental Physiology I.

ESS 650   EEP Seminar – Thesis Proposal Development   3 credits
Current topics and issues in exercise and sport science and environmental exercise physiology. Seminar topics change each semester. Emphasis may be placed on thesis proposal development and submission of the proposal to Western’s Human Research Committee.

ESS 660   Health Promotion   3 credits
Development of skills in health promotion program design, implementation and evaluation. Specific emphasis may be placed on healthy and diseased populations in extreme environments.

ESS 675   Clinical Exercise Programming   3 credits
Role of exercise/physical activity in the prevention, pathophysiology and treatment of chronic diseases.

ESS 685   Cardiopulmonary Physiology   3 credits
A foundation course that covers 1) the structure and function of the cardiopulmonary systems; 2) exercise-related physiological changes of the cardiopulmonary system and their applications to exercise training; and 3) pathophysiological changes secondary to cardiopulmonary dysfunction and their effects on function.

ESS 692   Independent Study   1-3 credits
Advanced study for students with specialized interest in a particular area of environmental exercise physiology. Prerequisite: advisor permission.

ESS 695   Thesis   6 credits
Independent research project, supervised by academic advisor.

ESS 698   Practicum/Internship   1-6 credits
An opportunity for in-depth work at a site in the area of academic concentration. The experiences must meet standards of the department and the University. Prerequisite: advisor permission.