kinesiology doctoral student

Health and Exercise Science, PhD in Kinesiology

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Health and Exercise Science at Ohio State uses physiological- and behavior-based approaches to exercise science while expanding the breadth of your knowledge and experience of basic and applied laboratory and field-based research skills.

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As a PhD student, you’ll choose the exercise physiology track or health and physical activity behavior track and be able to apply your knowledge for the: 

  • research-based improvement of education conducted in schools, hospitals, clinics, community agencies and other work sites designed to enhance physical activity and health behavior. 
  • appropriate use of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic lifestyle diseases. 
  • improvement of exercise and sport performance for recreational and elite athletes. 
  • examination of the psychological and biological consequences of physical activity to determine the effects of exercise on mental health. 
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Degree Requirements

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Master’s degree

Expected time to degree

3 years

Deadline to apply

December 1

for funding consideration; then rolling admissions until cohort filled

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