Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

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Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

We provide our students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for careers in the health professions or health sciences, and we conduct research that addresses important issues related to human health. We offer undergraduate majors in athletic training and exercise science, with both majors designed as platforms for subsequent graduate and clinical education. Most of the graduates of these majors gain entrance to programs in physical or occupational therapy, medical or dental school, physician assistant programs, or graduate school. Our students have many opportunities for undergraduate enrichment experiences, including an honors degree track for all majors, course credit for assisting faculty with ongoing research, professionally supervised practicum and internship experiences, organized trips for students to professional conferences, and Study Abroad programs in a variety of countries. Our graduate programs include:

  • M.S. in exercise science, with concentrations in biomechanics, clinical exercise physiology, exercise physiology, motor control, and sports medicine
  • Ph.D. in applied physiology, which provides advanced training to prepare students for research-based careers
  • M.S. and Ph.D. degrees through UD’s highly ranked Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) Program

Our students have access to our state-of-the-art Human Performance Lab, as well as other labs and facilities in affiliated programs at the University of Delaware. They gain valuable research experience through involvement in more than $11 million in federally funded research projects and interaction with a variety of interdisciplinary research groups.

“Without a doubt, Dr. Todd Royer has been a key leader of advising over the last five years — a period where undergraduate enrollment has grown greatly. He takes the time to know each person to figure out what will work best for him….”
College of Health Sciences recognizes award-winning faculty, staff

Cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death for both men and women across the United States. The state of Delaware is in the bottom half of states for coronary heart disease death rates. To help tackle this problem, the National Institute of General... read more

Athletic training student in Brazil

Athletic training student in Brazil

As Olympic athletes begin to arrive for August’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, University of Delaware student Nikki Patel, too, will begin her own gold medal worthy journey. Patel, a junior athletic training major and first generation student, is UD’s newest Gilman... read more