Biomedical Sciences
Jennifer Trilk, PhD
Division of Basic Medical Sciences Assistant Professor, Physiology and Exercise Science

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Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Professional Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine

National Society of Physical Activity Professionals in Public Health

American Diabetes Association

"My career experience spans exercise research in professional athletes, clinical medicine and public health, so I have learned a tremendous amount about exercise for disease prevention and treatment. There is no pill that can improve total health more than being physically active. As an exercise physiologist, I believe that exercise is medicine, and my goal is to integrate a healthy lifestyle curriculum throughout our school and into the lives of our medical students as both individuals and as future healthcare professionals."

Dr. Jennifer Trilk brings a wealth of diverse experience and a unique perspective to the USC School of Medicine Greenville. Dr. Trilk earned her doctorate in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia, specializing in the effect of exercise on cardiovascular and metabolic health and body composition. During her doctorate training, she received a number of awards, including the Mary Ella Lunday Soule Scholarship Award for promotion of and research on physical activity for girls and women, as well as the 2008 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina and was awarded the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award to examine associations between physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in adolescents. Dr. Trilk has presented at national and international conferences on exercise physiology and has published several articles that include examining the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism and the cardiovascular system in adults, promoting physical activity in adolescents in the school and community, and investigating international policies to increase physical activity in children and youth. 

Dr. Trilk is committed to integrating Exercise is Medicine into all four years of the USC SOM Greenville curriculum and educating physicians about the importance of exercise and Lifestyle Medicine. She also is leading the Exercise is Medicine initiative in the Greenville community with partnerships from Greenville Health System, the YMCA and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Trilk was honored to receive the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition Community Leadership Award in 2014.