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New Master’s Program Targets Wellness Professionals


Nur Tanyel, right, chair of the department of human performance and health, checks the equipment in the exercise science lab. A new master's program focused on exercise and sport science is awaiting approval.
USC Upstate’s School of Education, Human Performance, and Health, is poised to offer a new master’s degree in exercise and sport science. The program targets the needs of professionals in the Upstate region who wish to further their education and expand their career options and employability in health, wellness, and rehabilitation. This new program will provide a critical opportunity for health and wellness professionals to study at the graduate level and gain experience in one of three tracks: cardiac rehabilitation, psychosocial kinesiology, or exercise physiology.

“We are proud to develop and offer this graduate program with the expertise of our exercise and sport science faculty and the support of our community partners.  This degree is practitioner focused, with the goal of exposing graduate students to research and developing students’ ability to apply research focused on experiential learning,” said Nur Tanyel, chair of the department of human performance and health. “This approach allows our students to utilize research studies in their daily work as a professional, to function as high-quality members of trans-disciplinary health care teams, and to supply valid and reliable data for physicians and researchers as a part of their work.”

The need for professionals in the field of exercise and sport science extends both to the public and private sectors, and the demand for professionals skilled in supporting the health, wellness, and physical well-being of employees and communities is expected to accelerate.  “This graduate opportunity will allow the region to meet the increased need for highly trained professionals in exercise, health, wellness, and rehabilitation resulting from regional initiatives, population growth, and the effect of COVID-19,” said Laura Reynolds, dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health.

The program is expected to receive approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) this summer. This is the second new graduate program developed by the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health within the last three years.