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 that is balanced with pedagogical knowledge and skills. A research program includes the development of theoretical and content knowledge, laboratory and/or field research skills, methodological and analysis skills, and ethical behavior. Pedagogical knowledge and skills means the development of effective teaching to enhance student learning within the area of study. Thus, graduates of our 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