The Doctor of Philosophy program in health and human physiology requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit.

Doctoral students should have a strong background in the natural sciences and/or health promotion, and a working knowledge of statistics and research methodology. Students may acquire additional knowledge of statistics and research methodology after entering the program.

All Ph.D. students complete a common core of courses, elective courses, and 10 s.h. of independent research in addition to the 12 s.h. dissertation requirement. They must complete a dissertation in their specialization area.

Some courses in the program are offered by other departments. Faculty members from those departments frequently serve on comprehensive examination committees and on dissertation committees for the initial presentation of a candidate's prospectus. They also participate in the final examination.

The Ph.D. with a major in health and human physiology requires the following course work.

Common Core

All of these:
HHP:3500Human Physiology3
HHP:4010Behavioral and Clinical Health Assessment Laboratory3
HHP:6020Research Methods and Ethics1,3
HHP:7000Practicum in College Teachingarr.
HHP:7900Thesis: Ph.D.arr.

Introductory Statistics

One of these:
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Advanced Statistics

Two advanced statistics courses, such as the following (consult advisor):
BIOS:5120/IGPI:5120/STAT:5610Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3
STAT:6513/PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods4

Seminar Courses

Four enrollments from the following:
HHP:6300Motor Control Seminar1
HHP:6400Integrative Physiology Seminar1
HHP:6500Seminar in Health Promotion1


Students are expected to obtain broad-based knowledge in their specialization area. This normally entails approximately 30 s.h. of course work. Students choose specialization electives with guidance from their advisor/mentor. Electives may include the following.

HHP:6050Advanced Topics in Obesity3
HHP:6130Advanced Skeletal Muscle Physiology1,3
HHP:6150Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology1,3
HHP:6200Advanced Metabolic Exercise Testing and Prescription1,4
HHP:6410Advanced Exercise Physiology1,3
HHP:6460Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology1,3
HHP:6470Advanced Physiology of Aging1,3
HHP:6480Advanced Human Pharmacology1,3
HHP:6510Advanced Energy Metabolism in Health and Disease1,3
HHP:7300Advanced Neural Control of Posture and Movement1,3
ACB:5203Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students5
BIOC:3120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BIOC:3130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3
EPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3
EPID:5241Statistical Methods in Epidemiology4
EPID:6350Nutritional Epidemiology2
EPID:6400Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4
EPID:6600Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases3
FRRB:7000Redox Biology and Medicine4
MPB:5153Graduate Physiology4
NSCI:4353/BIOL:4353Neurophysiology: Cells and Systems3-4
NSCI:7235Neurobiology of Disease3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:6310Occupational Ergonomics: Applications3
PSY:5210/NSCI:5210Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience3-4
PTRS:5210Kinesiology and Pathomechanics4
PTRS:6224Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity in Health Care4
PTRS:7812Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement3
PTRS:7875Analysis of Activity-Based Neural and Musculoskeletal Plasticity3
PTRS:7885Biomechanical Analysis in Rehabilitation3


Students working on a dissertation register for the following course.

HHP:7900Thesis: Ph.D.arr.

Admission to the graduate program is based on grade-point average and score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 on undergraduate work and previous graduate work.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

Application deadline is February 1 for admission the following fall.

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