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Dr. Hae Ryong “Harry” Chung, Ph.D., CSCS Assistant Professor, Health and Fitness Management

Office: Magnolia Hall 129
Phone: (678) 466-4936
Fax: (678) 466-4669



Hae Ryong Chung is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Fitness management program. He holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before He came to the US, He also completed a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Kookmin University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Chungnam National University in his native South Korea.

His PhD research included two distinct areas: clinical research with dialysis patients and laboratory work with animal models. His clinical research was focused on dialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease, namely exercise and nutrition interventions to improve their health and quality of life. His other areas of research, which was his dissertation topic, involves animal models. He is particularly interested in the side effects of medications commonly used to treat high cholesterol. The common thread in these two areas is trying to work out how exercise can best be used to manage disease states and improve quality of life.

Most of his teaching experience is in Exercise Physiology, though he has also taught activity classes in weight control and conditioning, weight training, snowboarding, and swimming. Outside of the classroom, He has instructed several martial art classes such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Kickboxing, and self-defense classes. He has a wide range of experience in the health and fitness industry, ranging from personal or group training and gym management to clinical exercise prescription. In terms of community-based classes, he has been coordinating the Lifetime Fitness Program at U of I, which is a long-running physical activity program targeting older adults.