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, 10 s.h. of independent research in HHP:6000 Research, and a 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 coursework.

Core Courses

All of these:
HHP:6000Researcharr.
HHP:6020Advanced Research Methods and Ethics3
HHP:7000Practicum in College Teaching (only for students without a teaching assistantship)arr.
HHP:7900Thesis: Ph.D.arr.

Introductory Statistics Course

One of these:
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3
PSQF:6242Selected Applications of Statistics3
STAT:3510/IGPI:3510Biostatistics3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Advanced Statistics Courses

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 (1 s.h. each) from the following:
HHP:6300Motor Control Seminar1
HHP:6400Integrative Physiology Seminar1
HHP:6500Seminar in Health Promotion1

General Electives

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

HHP:3050Obesity: Causes, Consequences, Prevention, and Treatment3
HHP:3440Physical Activity Interventions3
HHP:3450Immunology in Health and Disease3
HHP:4020Health Communication and Coaching Strategies3
HHP:4320Nutrition Interventions3
HHP:4390Understanding Human Disease3
HHP:4450Human Genetics and Disease3-4
HHP:5200Epidemiology of Physical Activity3
HHP:6030Physical Activity and Dietary Behavior Change3
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:6260Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology1,3
HHP:6310Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition3
HHP:6410Advanced Exercise Physiology1,3
HHP:6460Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology1,3
HHP:6470Advanced Physiology of Aging1,3
HHP:6480Advanced Human Pharmacology1,3
HHP:6510Advanced Energetics in Health and Disease1,3
HHP:7300Advanced Sensorimotor Neurophysiology1,3
ACB:5203Gross Human Anatomy for Graduate Students5
BIOC:3110Biochemistry3
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:7235/NEUR:7235Neurobiology of Disease3
OEH:4310Occupational Ergonomics: Principles3
OEH:6310Occupational Ergonomics: Applications3
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

Independent Research

Students must enroll in the independent research course.

This course:
HHP:6000Research10

Dissertation

Students working on a dissertation register for the following course.

HHP:7900Thesis: Ph.D.12

Admission to the graduate program is based on grade-point average, and score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 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 on the Graduate College website.

Application deadline is February 1 for admission the following fall.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Health and Human Physiology, Ph.D.

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
72 s.h. of graduate level coursework must be completed; graduate transfer credits allowed upon approval. More information is included in the General Catalog and on department website. a  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
Specialization Area elective b 3
Specialization Area elective b 3 - 4
Introductory Statistics course c 3
Seminar course d 1
 Hours10-11
Spring
Advanced Statistics course e 3 - 4
HHP:6000 Research 3
Specialization Area elective b 3
Seminar course d 1
 Hours10-11
Second Year
Fall
Advanced Statistics course e 3 - 4
HHP:6020 Advanced Research Methods and Ethics 3
HHP:6000 Research 3
Seminar course d 1
 Hours10-11
Spring
HHP:6000 Research 4
Specialization Area elective b 3
Specialization Area elective b 3 - 4
Comprehensive Exam f  
 Hours10-11
Third Year
Fall
Specialization Area elective or HHP:6000 Research b 3
Specialization Area elective or HHP:6000 Research b 3
HHP:7900 Thesis: Ph.D. 3
Seminar course d 1
 Hours10
Spring
Specialization Area elective or HHP:6000 Research b 3
Specialization Area elective or HHP:6000 Research b 3 - 4
HHP:7900 Thesis: Ph.D. b 3
Comprehensive Exam g  
 Hours9-10
Fourth Year
Fall
Specialization Area elective or HHP:6000 Research b 3
HHP:7900 Thesis: Ph.D. 3
 Hours6
Spring
HHP:7900 Thesis: Ph.D. 3
Final Exam: Dissertation Defense  
 Hours3
 Total Hours68-73