He came to Canisius not as a professor, but as an undergraduate student in biology/pre-medical. Until he shadowed some cardiologists, he’d wanted to be one. That experience, his junior year, taught him that he probably didn’t want to be any type of medical doctor. He felt lost, but discovered exercise science and made it his minor. It appealed to his love of sports and of medicine. Dennis Koch, PhD, began to think of exercise as medicine. He liked the cost and the  side effects: improved focus and concentration, a greater sense of well-being, improved quality of life, stress reduction, improved mood, and better self esteem. After graduation, Koch went on to earn his PhD in physiology (specializing in exercise, of course). 

He’s an informal teacher guided by a simple philosophy: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care. It makes sense for his profession and his subject matter. Koch teaches in the health and human performance program. He teaches courses on physiology, epidemiology, research methods, electrocardiography and clinical stress testing.

He’ll do anything he can to help you succeed in your studies and in life. You can talk to him about any questions, doubts, or concerns you have. He’ll do his best to address your needs in a caring and non-judgmental way. You’ll have his cell phone number – call or text anytime. Most students do, even after graduation. One alumnus volunteered for several weeks at a facility where she’d hoped to work. She’d lived out his philosophy, showing how much she cared and how much she knew. When she got the job, she didn’t call Koch. She drove here from Rochester to tell him in person.