Ph.D. in Health Education & Psychology of Physical Activity at KU

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Program Overview

The Ph.D. in health education and psychology of physical activity* at the University of Kansas prepares individuals for faculty, instructor, and research positions at the university level. Students enrolled full-time in the Ph.D. program typically complete the degree in three years. The program also welcomes professionals in the field to enroll part-time and complete the degree on an extended timeline.

Career Outcomes in Exercise Physiology

A Ph.D. in health education and psychology of physical activity from KU is valuable in a number of fields. Those interested in academia as a career path can see the number of recent graduates who have gone onto become tenure-track faculty members at universities across the United States. Potential position titles after graduation could include:

  • Professor
  • Policy maker/analyst
  • Researcher

*This program is a doctor of philosophy degree in health, sport management, and exercise science with an emphasis in health education & psychology of physical activity.

Thinking about health education & psychology of physical activity?

Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, affordability options, and perhaps what to expect during your time on campus once you have become a Jayhawk.


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Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Robinson Center , Rm. 161
1301 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-7567