Exercise Physiology

Students measure the lung capacity of an athlete running on a treadmill.

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Program Director
Hirofumi Tanaka

Exercise Physiology is the study of how our bodily systems respond and adapt to stimuli of acute and chronic exercises and how these changes are related to health, disease, and performance. Our Exercise Physiology program offers students the opportunity to explore practical areas of study that prepare them for a career promoting healthy lifestyles.

Additionally, graduate students can focus on a research-intensive route that benefits from the vast amount of resources and knowledge provided by the university and faculty.

Students are assigned to an advisor who will guide them through their degree to ensure that they are completing the most optimal coursework in preparation for their future career.

Exercise Physiology provides several options for graduate degrees. We offer a practical M.Ed. graduate program that aims to prepare students to work in clinical rehabilitation, sport science and nutrition fields.

Our research-driven degrees include M.S. and Ph.D. programs that pair students with a faculty mentor. These programs carry out research in various topics studying acute and chronic exercise responses and adaptations related to metabolic and cardiovascular health in people who are physically inactive, aged or diseased. 

Students pursuing research-driven degrees are strongly encouraged to contact the professor conducting research that matches their research interests.


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Edward Coyle


Investigates metabolic and cardiovascular factors that limit exercise performance.

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Harold W Kohl

Research Professor

Specializes in public health, epidemiology and the study and promotion of physical activity for health.

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Sophie Lalande

Assistant Professor

Studies the limiting factors to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.

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Philip Stanforth

Senior Lecturer

Is the Executive Director of the Fitness Institute of Texas and trains students on the techniques of fitness assessment.

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Audrey Stone

Assistant Professor

Studies the control of circulation during exercise, especially in those affected by diabetes.

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Hirofumi Tanaka


Studies the effects of vascular dysfunction due to aging, and the lifestyle habits that can prevent or reverse dysfunction.

Labs and Research Areas

Autonomic Control of Circulation Laboratory

Investigates the effects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the neural control of circulation during exercise.

Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory

Investigates the influence of aging and lifestyle modifications on vascular function and disease risks.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab

Examines the cardiovascular limitations to exercise capacity in healthy individuals and clinical populations.

Health and Integrative Physiology Lab

Investigates the mechanisms underlying the link between lifestyle behaviors, metabolic health, and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in at-risk populations.

Human Performance Laboratory

Investigating the types of physical activity and exercise that keep people healthy and allow them to achieve their physical potential.