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Health and Human Physiological Sciences

Health and Human Physiological Sciences

The mission of Skidmore's Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department is to provide engaging pedagogies that allows undergraduate students to gain an understanding of physiology and how it impacts human health and performance. Embedded within our teaching is a pursuit of new knowledge that uncovers previously unknown connections among physiology, health, and performance.

Wire Myography July 2014

Learning Outcomes

The Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences’ course work and research emphasize an understanding of the interplay between environmental factors, nutrition, exercise, and disease on human function, as well as the physiological mechanisms regulating human health and performance. Bolstering our progressive curriculum is a commitment to integrating knowledge from the molecular to the public health level, across all physiological systems

Student Learning Goals


Beyond the classroom

Student engagement with all aspects of the research process is central to our classroom and laboratory pedagogy and reflects our commitment to preparing students to perform rigorous scientific inquiry and to apply scientific evidence to solve public health problems.

  • validation of stair-mill test for assessing aerobic fitness
  • rehydrating efficacy of maple water after exercise-induced dehydration
  • effects of a combined protein and antioxidant supplement on recovery of muscle function and soreness following eccentric exercise
  • Is the deleterious effect of a high-fat diet on vascular health mediated through vascular mitochondrial dysfunction?
  • MnTBAP reduces adiposity and increases bio-markers for mitochondrial biogenesis
  • athletic trainer for pro hockey team, Adirondack Flames (Glens Falls, N.Y.)
  • orthopedic surgeon with OrthoNY (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
  • occupational therapist in a public school (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
  • Clinton Foundation Global Initiative health team (NYC)
  • Project Healthcare, Bellevue Hospital (NYC)
  • The effect of barefoot running on EMG activity in Gastrocnemius and Tibilias Anterior in recreationally active females
  • Autonomic Nervous System Balance of Firefighters Across a 24-hour Shift
  • Does a High Fat Diet Accelerate Biological Aging in Mice?
  • Effect of Vinyasa Yoga on Quality of Life Assessed through Psychological Stressors in College Female Athletes
  • Motivations for moving: An analysis of physical activity in residential college students
  • The Acute Effect of Exercise on Heart Rate Variability and Blood Pressure Responses to Lower Body Negative Pressure in Trained and Untrained Men
  • The Impact of a Ballet and Modern Dance Performance on Heart Rate Variability in Collegiate Dancers
EMG Muscle Force - Jan 2018


Paul J. Arciero


The Health and Human Physiological Sciences faculty are committed to furthering student comprehension by providing high-impact learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom. This is accomplished by utilizing state-of-the-art facilities and working with students as collaborators to conduct nationally and internationally recognized research.

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My experience at Skidmore has given me the tools I needed to take my natural interests to the next level"
Jonathan Brestoff Parker '08



Our integrative approach to physiology provides a foundation for students as they pursue graduate studies or embark on careers in the health professions or in biomedical research.

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Jonathan Brestoff Parker '08
When is the best time to exercise?

BBC REEL with HHPS Professor Paul Arciero and Professor Juleen Zierath of the University of Copenhagen discussing recent research about the best time of the day to exercise.

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