About The MS, Human Performance and Wellness Program

About The MS, Human Performance and Wellness Program

Advances in sports performance, recovery from intense and prolonged training and adaptations to extreme environmental conditions can be largely attributed to the field of human performance and wellness.

Human Performance and Wellness involves the scientific study of acute physiological, biomechanical, and nutritional responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions. Exercise scientists like exercise physiologists, biomechanists, nutritionists use exercise as a non-invasive means to investigate changes in physiologic systems, organs, tissues, cells, organelles and molecules. In addition, exercise scientists with a clinical interest study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Moreover, exercise scientists discover health and fitness benefits from different doses and types of physical activity, exercise and diet.

Human Performance and Wellness degree provides a strong academic foundation for individuals interested in careers in science, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and weight management, lifestyle behavior change, sports physiology, coaching and other health- and fitness-related professions.

The Master of Science degree in Human Performance and Wellness provides the flexibility to customize your own program of advanced study in order to enhance your professional preparation and expertise in your current field or prepare for future doctoral studies. This degree requires a total of 36 credits of coursework. The first 12 credits are the Human Performance and Wellness core courses. For the remaining 24 credits, you can choose the specific courses from each specialization that meet your interests and career goals. To customize your program, up to six credits can be chosen from any other graduate level courses offered at Barry.

There is also the option for a Human Performance and Wellness degree with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology.

You will select a graduate committee of faculty from various areas of specialization. This team will work with you to ensure that your plan of study is right for you and meets all graduation requirements.

Human Performance and Wellness Faculty

Tal Amasay, PhD
Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology, and Biomechanices

Nataniel Boiangin, PhD
Associate Professor

Kimberly A. Cologgi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sport & Exercise Psychology

Claire Egret, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomechanics

Scott Freer, PhD
Assistant Professor

Kathryn Ludwig, PhD
Associate Professor, Program Director, Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sue B. Shapiro, EdD
Associate Professor, Coordinator Athletic Training

Zacharias Papadakis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Exercise Physiology and Human Performance Laboratory Director

Suzanne Pottratz, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology