The Movement Science & Education program approaches the study of movement from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Our focus is on the practical applications of science and theory in the laboratory, clinic, school and community and our students gain hands-on experience putting research into practice. Coursework emphasizes the scientific and theoretical core of physiology, behavioral science, neural bases of movement control, and pedagogy. We have long been a pioneer in the field of movement science and our doctoral programs are among the best in the nation.
This program focuses on the physiological effects of exercise and disease and on the promotion of physical activity across both healthy and disabled populations. The effects of exercise training on physiological processes, health, and physical well being are emphasized throughout the curriculm.
Motor Learning focuses on the behavioral, biomechanical, and neural bases of development, acquisition, and performance of functional movement skills.
The program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in educational settings, including school PE, fitness gyms, physical activity and health community–based organizations, and sports and recreational settings. In addition to offering outstanding graduate courses in movement science (e.g. motor learning, motor development, and exercise physiology), this program offers individuals a distinctive humanistic perspective on the education of the body.
The Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Kinesiology is a full-time program that prepares researchers in the areas of Movement Sciences and Kinesiology for research-intensive positions at Research I Universities and Academic Medical Centers. Study is directed toward preparing the current and the next generation of researchers in the study of movement. Graduates assume professorial and full-time researcher roles in research-intensive universities and academic medical centers.