Kinesiology PhD

The Kinesiology PhD is a doctoral program in the College of Public Health. Explore the complexities of human movement and focus your research in your area of interest. You will benefit from a flexible balance between classroom investigation and applied work, and you’ll have the chance to shape your doctoral degree through independent research projects and a culminating dissertation.

Develop close relationships with faculty, who will become your professional mentors and colleagues. Work with advisors to tailor your curriculum based on your passions and research interests, such as biomechanics, orthopedics and sport psychology. You will find that the small size of the Kinesiology PhD program leads to the formation of a strong sense of collegiality among the candidates, many of whom bring real-world experience from their various professional lives to bear on the work they do in the program.

Doctoral students develop expertise in the essential teachings of kinesiology as well as applied clinical work, preparing to enter academia as well-rounded teachers and researchers.


You can focus on Kinesiology or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Athletic Training

    Examine advanced inquiry and understanding of the human body’s physical matter and dynamics. Develop the ability to think critically as a certified athletic trainer. Evaluate accepted clinical practice; conduct scientific inquiries; and create, examine and apply research that enhances proficiency in sports injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

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  • Integrative Exercise Physiology

    Prepare for a career as a scientist, clinical researcher or clinician in a variety of practice settings, including clinics, hospitals and wellness centers. Gain advanced knowledge and skills in clinical or applied integrative physiology of exercise.

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  • Psychology of Movement

    Develop an expertise in the psychological dimensions of movement and gain an appreciation of the role exercise plays in individuals’ lives with this advanced degree. Expand knowledge and understanding of human movement and sport psychology through research and application.

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