New Ph.D. in Kinesiology Approved by the BOG

Written By: MEGAN PABIAN ’06 ’13MA | November 5, 2021


A new Ph.D. in Kinesiology was approved by the Florida Board of Governors Nov. 4, making it the first Ph.D. program in the College of Health Professions and Sciences. The program builds on 10 years of successful program history from when the program was a track in Exercise Physiology within the Doctor of Education program and better reflects the expanded focus of research efforts of students and faculty in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy.

“This new doctorate degree puts an emphasis on sports science, human movement and applications of exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation,” says Jeff Stout, director of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. “It is the perfect complement to academic degree programs we offer in kinesiology, athletic training, and physical therapy.”

The Kinesiology Ph.D. program officially begins in Fall 2022 and is the first to be approved in the state under CIP 31.05.05 Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, and a first of its kind at a Hispanic-serving Institution. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct scientific research in academic and professional settings and deliver STEM and health-related education.

“This is an important milestone for the college and is proof of our commitment to our goals of elevating teaching and conducting high-impact research,” says Christopher Ingersoll, dean of the College of Health Professions and Sciences. “I thank the faculty and staff involved for their dedication to making this a reality. We can’t wait to celebrate our first graduates.”

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