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The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.) Other than these exceptions, the schools above are on the Oxford campus.

Ph.D. in Health & Kinesiology


The Ph.D. in health and kinesiology degree program prepares students for university teaching and research positions. Also, the degree prepares students for research careers in industry and medicine that include the study of health, exercise, and sports/recreation. The program has three emphasis areas: 1) exercise science; 2) health behavior; and 3) sports/recreation. In addition to their emphasis areas, students can choose an analytics* cognate.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 57

General Education Requirements

All Ph.D. students must complete a minimum of 63 credits beyond a master's degree program in directed research, professional seminar, research methods and statistics, and specialization course work.

Course Requirements

Directed Research (24 credits)

HK 797. Dissertation 18
HK 751. Advanced Independent Study 3
HK 752. Advanced Independent Study 3
Professional Seminar 6
HK 750. Seminar in Health and Kinesiology 6
Research Methods & Statistics 12

Course credits to be selected in consultation with adviser

Specific course recommendations include:

HK 710. Meta-Analysis 3
HK 711. Measurement Theory & Practice 3
NHM 726. Applied Regression Analysis 3
Phad 780. General Linear Models 3
Phad 781. Applied Multivariate Analysis 3
Psy 703. Quantitative Methods I 3
Psy 704. Quantitative Methods II 3
SW 705. Applied and Inferential Statistics 3
Emphasis Area Course work 21

Course credits to be selected in consultation with adviser

*Analytic cognate requires students to take HK 710, HK 711, and HK 752 and participate in the Health and Sports Analytics lab (e.g., biweekly meetings, statistical workshop, statistical consulting, etc.) for a minimum of

Other Academic Requirements

The student also must complete written and oral comprehensive exams before undertaking the prospectus and dissertation.


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