Doctor of Philosophy

Earning a Ph.D. in kinesiology represents the achievement of expertise in the study of physical activity and its relationship to health. Expertise in kinesiology means the individual has worked with a mentor (major professor) and Doctoral Program of Study (POS) Committee to develop an in-depth program of research and study. A research program includes the development of theoretical and content knowledge, laboratory and/or field research skills, methodological and analysis skills, and ethical behavior. Many graduates of our Ph.D. program are trained as both researchers and teachers.

Areas of Emphasis

Students may choose from several areas of emphasis:

  • Exercise physiology (including metabolic, cardiovascular, and immunology)
  • Exercise psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control
  • Physical activity and health promotion (including physical activity epidemiology)

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