Dean Bo Fernhall

Bo Fernhall

Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences

Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Office Phone



808 S. Wood St., 169 CMET

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Office Hours

By appointment


Bo Fernhall was professor and chair of the exercise science department at Syracuse University and spent seven years as professor in the kinesiology and community health department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before coming to UIC as dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences and professor of kinesiology and nutrition in 2011. Dr. Fernhall founded the UIC Integrative Physiology Laboratory and has over 20 years of experience directing university-based cardiac rehabilitation programs. Dr. Fernhall has taught exercise physiology courses in both kinesiology and physical therapy departments. His research is focused on people with disabilities, especially individuals with Down syndrome and on racial and ethnic disparities. Dr. Fernhall is associate editor of Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, and serves on the editorial boards for Exercise and Sports Science Reviews and the Journal of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Selected Grants

Department of Homeland Security, Firefighter Exposures on the Modern Fire Ground and Training Ground, Co-I and Site PI

Department of Homeland Security, Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Risk Associated with Realistic Firefighting Environments, Co-I and Site PI

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Exercise, Subclinical Atherosclerosis and Walking Mobility in Multiple Sclerosis, PI

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Improving Blood Pressure and Vascular Risk with Resistance Training in African Americans, Co-I

Leadership in the Profession

American Heart Association, Fellow

American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Fellow

American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Fellow

Notable Honors

2010 - King James McCristal Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2006 - G. Lawrence Rarcik National Research Award, National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities

1996 - Distinguished Service Award, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

1991 - Mabel Lee Award as Outstanding Young Professional, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


PhD, Exercise Physiology, Arizona State University, 1984
MS, Exercise Science, Southern Connecticut State College, 1981
BS, Physical Education, Southern Connecticut State College, 1979