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In the Oregon State University’s kinesiology doctoral program, you’ll focus on the theoretical and practical study of human movement for the promotion of optimal health and disease prevention.
You’ll work alongside knowledgeable, welcoming and nationally recognized faculty who are contributing exciting discoveries to the field, while improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Oregon and beyond.
Although your chosen concentration determines the focus of your studies, we value the benefits of interdisciplinary learning and provide ample opportunity for you to collaborate with faculty and peers.
You can select one of the following concentrations:
Includes subdisciplines such as biomechanics, exercise physiology and/or motor control.
Students in this concentration generally conduct their research in one the following laboratories: Biomechanics, Human Performance, Physical Activity and Public Health, Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory, or Sports Injury Prevention Research Group.
Includes subdisciplines such as motor development, sport and exercise psychology and/or sociology of sport.
Students in this concentration generally conduct their research in one the following laboratories: Children & Youth with Disabilities, Physical Activity and Public Health, Psychosocial Physical Activity (2PLAY), Social Mobility, or Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Detailed information about degree requirements and coursework
As a kinesiology doctoral student, you will apply the specific skills and knowledge you gain in coursework to projects conducted under the direction of faculty members with whom you share research interests.
Faculty study a broad range of areas, including the effect of exercise on insulin resistance, movement in children with disability, neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and bone metabolism, temporal relationships between disability onset and chronic conditions, and the psycho-social and socio-cultural aspects of health and physical activity.
Faculty contact information and a detailed description of the kinesiology research being conducted at Oregon State may be found on each laboratory’s webpage.
After completing the Doctor of Philosophy in kinesiology, you will be able to synthesize and communicate knowledge in your field of study; identify central issues, problems and research priorities in your field of study; and design, conduct, interpret and communicate original research.
Most graduates seek employment at public and private universities known for research and teaching, while others seek a career path in federal and state agencies or the private sector.
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