Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Overview

The Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion is a 60-hour program with in-depth coursework, including engaging, hands-on experiences. Students collaborate with professors in ongoing faculty and faculty/student-driven research and scholarship. Additionally, doctoral students teach a variety of undergraduate courses as part of their professional preparation. Culminating experiences include successful presentation of a professional portfolio and completion of a dissertation. The principle goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students who are exemplary candidates for academic or other professional positions in the field.

Admission Requirements

In addition to completing a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Health Promotion or related field, applicant must;

  • Complete Application Form 
  • Completion of a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Health Promotion or related field
  • Submit academic transcripts validating scholastic achievement: minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) on undergraduate work and 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) on Master's level work
  • Submit current Curriculum Vita
  • Submit Application Essay: two-page statement of purpose outlining career objectives, areas of research interest, details regarding related experience, and why the UNA Ph.D. is a good fit for the applicant's professional endeavors
  • Submit two to three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's academic ability and potential for success as a graduate student, with reference to teaching proficiency/potential and writing and scholarship proficiency/potential
  • Receive departmental approval

The Department of Kinesiology has numerous Graduate Assistantships (GAs) awarded annually. GAs receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. In exchange, they are assigned responsibilities within the department, generally teaching courses, assisting with ongoing research and scholarship, and service. Students must be admitted to graduate studies at UNA to be considered for a GA position. For GA application, click here.

Curriculum Requirements for the Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Exercise Science Core (15 credit hours)
Core Courses9
Scientific Basis of Health and Human Performance
Research Methods
Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
Advisor Approved Electives - Choose 6 credit hours from the following:6
Special Topics
Seminar in Exercise Physiology
Trends and Issues in HPE and Related Disciplines
Internship
Independent Study
Non-Dissertation Research
Exercise Prescription for Resistance Training
Advanced Approaches for Quality and Quantity of Everyday Life
Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Disease
Advanced Exercise Physiology II
Lab Techniques
Critical Analysis of Professional Literature
Cardiac Rehabilitation and EKG Interpretation
Health Promotion Core (12 credit hours)
Core Courses9
Social Determinants of Health
Stress Management
Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Nutrition
Advisor Approved Electives - Choose 3 credit hours from the following:3
University Advancement and Fundraising
Seminar in Health Promotion
Integrative Health
Integrative Health Coaching
Internship in Health Promotion
Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Disease
Marketing in Sport and Recreation Management
Recreation for Special Populations
Risk Management in SRM
Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation Management
Problems in the Administration of Health and Physical Education Related Programs
Research/Statistics Core (12 credit hours)
Choose 12 credit hours from the following:12
Advanced Quantitative Analysis
Advanced Qualitative Analysis
Statistical Methods in Education
Regression Analysis in Health and Exercise Science
ANOVA and MANOVA
Applied Statistics I
Applied Statistics II
Qualitative Methods in Sport & Recreation Management
Teaching Emphasis (9 credit hours)
Core Courses6
Supervised Teaching Practicum
Advisor Approved Electives - Choose 3 credit hours from the following:3
Teaching in Academia
Preparing Future Faculty I
Dissertation and Portfolio Development (12 credit hours)
HPE 794Portfolio Defense ( credit hours)0
HPE 795Dissertation Research12
Total Hours60