Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology

Equip yourself with the advanced knowledge and research skills to excel in the dynamic fields of health and kinesiology.

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About this Program

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, sports/recreation, and sport analytics.

The program has four emphasis areas:

  • Exercise Science
  • Health Behavior
  • Sports/Recreation
  • Sport Analytics

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Doctorate Program

    Area of Study

    Health and Social Services


    3 years


    Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology

    Program Location



    Exercise Science;
    Health Behavior;
    Sport Analytics

    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See information on the Ph.D. in Health and Kinesiology below. For a full description, visit the graduate school catalog.

    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.


    Directed Research (24 credits)

    • HK 797: Dissertation (18 hours)
    • HK 751: Advanced Independent Study (3 hours)
    • HK 752: Advanced Independent Study (3 hours)

    Professional Seminar (6 credits)

    • HK 750: Seminar in Health and Kinesiology (1 hour repeated six times)

    Research Methods & Statistics (12 credits)

    Course credits to be selected in consultation with adviser.

    Specific course recommendations include:
    • HK 710: Meta-Analysis (3 hours)
    • HK 711: Measurement Theory & Practice (3 hours)
    • NHM 726: Applied Regression Analysis (3 hours)
    • Phad 780: General Linear Models (3 hours)
    • Phad 781: Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 hours)
    • Psy 703: Quantitative Methods I (3 hours)
    • Psy 704: Quantitative Methods II (3 hours)
    • SW 705: Applied and Inferential Statistics (3 hours)

    Emphasis Area Coursework (21 credits)

    Course credits to be selected in consultation with adviser.


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


    Students can choose from the following emphases:


    The policies and regulations contained in this online University of Mississippi Catalog are in effect for the current or selected semester. The catalog is not a contract, but rather a guide for the convenience of students. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change the fees, rules, and schedules for admission, registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time. Implicit in each student’s enrollment with the university is an agreement to comply with university rules and regulations, which the university may modify to exercise properly its educational responsibility.

    Admission Considerations

    Our doctoral program operates under the mentorship model. To gain admission to the doctoral program, a prospective student must match himself or herself with a faculty member who agrees to accept the applicant as a student. The process typically begins with the student becoming familiar with the research interests of our department’s faculty.

    An overview of our current faculty interest can be obtained below:

    The next step would be for the prospective student to contact one of the faculty members whose area of research is of interest to the student. This initial contact could be by phone, e-mail, or letter.

    The prospective student and potential faculty member would then enter into discussions about the possibility of the student being accepted by the faculty member as a doctoral student. If a faculty member agrees to accept a student, then the student can proceed with the formal admission process through the University’s Graduate School.


    Departmental financial support, such as, graduate assistantships, are available to graduate students.

    • For more information, please contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tom Andre.

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