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Exercise and Health Sciences, PhD

(*This program will not accept applications for the 2018-2019 school year)

UMass Boston's doctoral exercise and health sciences program is firmly research-based, with core coursework in research methods, biostatistics, and measurement and evaluation. A student’s primary area of research will align closely with the research area of a specific faculty advisor in the department.

The faculty's broad expertise ranges from the cellular level (molecular mechanisms) to the society at large (community and populations studies), with many collaborative research efforts focused on physical activity, diet, and obesity in children and youth, adults, older adults and special populations across the lifespan.

While the primary faculty advisor helps guide the student’s dissertation research, degree candidates will also have options to explore other areas of interest in the form of independent studies and elective courses, preparing them to be well-rounded researchers. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and qualities of a responsible, productive, ethical, and effective scholar and teacher.
  2. Display proficiency in conducting original research.

Source: Program Proposal, 2012