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Skidmore College
Health and Human Physiological Sciences

Health and Human Physiological Sciences at Skidmore College

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. 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. 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. 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.  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.

Video: Prof. Denise Smith gives keynote address at the FDIC International Conference.