The program is uniquely designed to train researchers to conduct multidisciplinary clinical research evaluating the role of exercise and nutrition on health, disease, rehabilitation, and performance. Ph.D. Students are required to take a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours for the degree including 6 hours of professional development and professional ethics, and a minimum of 12 hours in research methods and statistics courses. To form their 9 hour KENHP core, students will be required to take one course in three of the four following areas:
•Exercise physiology/nutrition in HHPR
•Nutrition in Family and Consumer Sciences
•Health promotion in the HHPR MPH program
In addition to these 27 hours of coursework, students must complete 15 hours of directed research (generally 3 hours per semester) and 12 hours of dissertation. The remaining 18 hours of coursework will consist of graduate courses in HHPR and FCS (minimum of 9 hours) or relevant coursework in other departments/programs (e.g., business, educational psychology, biomedical engineering, psychology, etc.).
Department Admission Requirements
• An equivalent of a masters degree in a related area of exercise physiology, nutrition, health, sports medicine, physical therapy, nursing, or medicine OR appropriate undergraduate degree work that would suggest that the student could be successful in the program
• Samples of writing or copies of representative publications (articles and abstracts)
• Three letters of reference from mentors who have insight regarding potential for success in the doctoral program
• An appropriate and acceptable score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE (50th percentile in each section or combined)
• Willingness of an applicant-identified mentor to supervise the applicant’s doctoral training
Depending on funding availability, we typically accept 2-3 new students per year into this program. Since the program is a 3 or 4-year program, this means that we will typically have about 10-12 doctoral students in the program at a given time. Doctoral students are typically funded to work on Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology grants, research, or assigned as TA's.
Laboratories and Facilities
The primary research facilities that will support this program are housed in the Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science and Technology and the Exercise Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory. (more about the labs) With the University's support and external funding, these labs have developed into some of the best research facilities in the United States.
If you are interested in applying to the Doctoral program in KENHP and an assistantship in the Department of HHPR, please:
Apply to Graduate School
Other materials to include:
Submit to HHPR
*Review of completed applications will begin as soon as received.
Application Deadline - January 13