PhD in Kinesiology and Nutrition

Advancing the field through cutting-edge research

UIC’s PhD in kinesiology and nutrition is an interdisciplinary, advisor-driven program that prepares researchers and healthcare industry leaders. Drawing upon a variety of disciplines, our program teaches you the research skills necessary to acquire new knowledge, and the theoretical foundations, research methodologies, and scientific writing, teaching and presentation skills required to spread this knowledge.

Our program creates experts in the interrelated fields of musculoskeletal biomechanics, nutrition, metabolism, pathophysiology, obesity, exercise and tissue inflammation and repair. We train researchers, educators and scientist-practitioners to conduct applied and translational research in a wide range of settings.

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ranked doctoral program by the National Academy of Kinesiology
Doctoral students in kinesiology and nutrition Heather Grimm, Chenyl Ling and UIC business student Huizhang Zhou pictured from left to right
FitZen app wins start-up competition
Health-management app developed by students wins 10th annual Concept2Venture business plan competition
Neeta Suresh Kanekar head shot
2014 AHS New Alum Award recipient Neeta Suresh Kanekar '13 returns to home country to give back
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Your career

A PhD is kinesiology and nutrition leads to careers in academic research, teaching, government research or industry. Our graduates are actively publishing articles, giving talks at national and international conferences, obtaining independent funding for their work, and securing prestigious post-doctoral fellowships upon graduation.

Learn from the best

  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

    Helping to gain a better understanding of the cellular/molecular mechanisms of vascular dysfunction and hypertension in African Americans

  • Jacob Haus

    Jacob Haus

    Helping incorporate early treatments and lifestyle interventions that help prevent and treat the development of long-term complications associated with diabetes

  • Tracy Baynard

    Tracy Baynard

    Exercise physiologist researching the relationship between obesity, cardiovascular function and exercise

Understanding by doing

Our mentor-driven program model allow you to determine your individual course of study and pursue a broad array of topics in kinesiology and nutrition. You’ll perform at least 32 hours of research in your focus area, but you won’t do it alone. With your faculty advisor, you will work through specific areas of investigation aligned with their expertise and contribute to breakthroughs in exercise physiology, exercise psychology, health promotion, human nutrition, integrative pathophysiology or muscoloskeletal biomechanics.

In most cases, doctoral student advisors are the heads of research teams and labs in their particular area of expertise. In addition to formal lab settings, you’ll have a variety of opportunities for research in clinical and field settings. Our PhD candidates work and study in:

Randal Stone


Still wondering what a PhD in kinesiology and nutrition can do for you? The best first step on your road to doctoral study is an informational meeting.

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