Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program – Applied Physiology


The mission of the Applied Physiology Ph.D. Program is to provide advanced training for students in the field of applied physiology with the goal of preparing students for research-based careers.

Areas of in-depth study are driven by faculty research and encompass cardiovascular physiology, exercise physiology, musculoskeletal physiology, and neurophysiology. The programmatic emphasis is on the regulation, adaptation, and integration of mechanisms across all levels of biological organization from molecules to organ systems. New knowledge on health, aging, chronic disease, and injury prevention will be generated and disseminated.

Along with in-depth, laboratory-based immersion, the mission of the proposed program is to provide high quality classroom-based instruction through a core graduate curriculum, electives, and seminars.

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Physiology requires a minimum of 45 credits including 9 credits of dissertation. The program is designed to be completed in 4 years.

Students are required to develop a plan for a program of study with their advisor during the first semester of study. The planned program of study must be approved by the advisor and then Program Committee by the end of the first semester.

Required courses (27 credits) for the doctoral degree include:

  • Advanced Mammalian Physiology I and II (8 credits)
  • Research (1-12 credits)
  • Data Analysis/Interpretation in Health Sciences OR Biological Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • Graduate Seminar in Applied Physiology (8 semesters, 4 for credit and 4 as listener)
  • Appropriate elective courses (9 credits)

Students must pass a preliminary examination that tests their general knowledge base in applied physiology and their ability to critically evaluate scientific literature. The preliminary examination must be completed by the end of the student’s first year of enrollment.