PhD in Exercise Physiology
The focus of the program is physical inactivity, exercise and nutrition strategies for weight management and the prevention of lifestyle related diseases. Our faculty continually develop new knowledge in exercise training, exercise metabolism and obesity.
The mission of the program is to train graduate students who will provide professional leadership and research developments in the areas of human health.
The curriculum has a scientific basis with core courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, and physiology. Exercise physiology research emphasizes human studies, but other exercise models are available on campus, including the pig (Vet. Biomedical Sci.) and the rat (Medical School and VA).
Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis.
The PhD program requires 85 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. A committee of 4 faculty members must approve all graduate courses, including those hours those from other universities. The graduate coursework includes 15 hours in exercise physiology, plus coursework in physiology, nutrition, and biochemistry. Research requirements include NS 7500 (9 hours of research projects) and NS 9090 (12 hours dissertation). One semester of teaching experience is required, as is participation on a major external grant proposal.
Note: Specific Masters courses (30 h maximum) may be counted on the doctoral program at the discretion of the student's committee (3 members in dept., 1 member outside). (Target ~85 hours beyond B.S.)
Co-author two manuscripts required. One semester teaching required.
|NEP 8850 Advanced Exercise Physiology*||3 hours|
|NEP 7001 Exercise Endocrinology*||3 hours|
|NEP 8001 Cardiovascular Disease and Exercise*||3 hours|
|NEP 7500 Research* (3 projects)||9 hours|
|NEP 9090 Dissertation*||12 hours (max)|
|V_BSCI 8420 Veterinary Physiology||6 hours|
|MPP 7310 Mammalian Cell Function||3 hours|
|MMP 9430 Cardiovascular Physiology||3 hours|
|NEP 8870 Exercise Metabolism*||3 hours|
|V_BSCI 9435 Skeletal Muscle||3 hours|
|MPP 9434 Microcirculation||3 hours|
|NEP 7970 Sports Nutrition||3 hours|
|NEP 7001 Etiology of Obesity||3 hours|
|NEP 7340 Human Nutrition II||3 hours|
|BIOCHM 7270 Biochemistry*||3 hours|
|BIOCHM 7272 Biochemistry*||3 hours|
|NEP 8310 Nutritional Biochemistry of Lipids||3 hours|
|NEP 8340 Nutrition in Human Health||3 hours|
|NEP 8085 Problems in Nutritional Sciences*||3-5 hours|
|ESC_PS 8850 Quantitative Foundations||3 hours|
|ESC_PS 9650 Application of Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research||3 hours|
|STAT 7510 Applied Statistical Models I||3 hours|
|STAT 7530 Analysis of Variance||3 hours|
|STAT 7540 Experimental Design||3 hours|
|STAT 8220 Applied Statistical Models II||3 hours|
|AN SCI 9442 Vitamins and Minerals||3 hours|
|AN SCI 8420 Endocrinology||3 hours|
|V-BSCI 9426 Transmembrane Signaling||3 hours|
|V-BSCI 8410 Neural Control||3 hours|
|NEP 7001 Preventative and Therapeutic Exercise Physiology||3 hours|
Program & Affiliated Faculty
Exercise Physiology research and graduate training take place in a number of departments and laboratories at MU. Faculty members in affiliated programs and department are listed below:
- Vet Biomedical Sciences:
M. Harold Laughlin, Frank Booth, Doug Bowles, Lane Clarke, Eileen Hasser, M. Harold Laughlin, Richard McAllister, Ron Terjung, Steve Yang. Contact Lane Clarke for information on the graduate program.
Kerry McDonald. Contact Ronald Korthuis for information on the graduate program.
- Physical Therapy:
Marybeth Brown, Marian Minor, Stephen Sayles, Erin Dannecker. Contact Marion Minor for information about research programs.
- Internal Medicine/Cardiology:
Kevin Dellsperger, William Fay, Anand Chockalingham. Contact William Fay for information about research programs.