Doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.)

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 plan 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

Areas of emphasis include:

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