PhD Exercise Nutritional Sciences at ASU's College of Health Solutions

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PhD in exercise and nutritional sciences A PhD in exercise and nutritional sciences from ASU’s College of Health Solutions prepares you for a career promoting healthy lifestyles with your own pioneering research. Students can tailor their course of study and research in three areas: ∙ Behavioral and population sciences. ∙ Metabolism and physiology. ∙ Biomechanics and motor control. The program fosters researchers who conduct high-quality, use-inspired research that aims to reduce the physical, social and economic costs related to unhealthy living through promotion of physically active lifestyles and sound nutrition. As a research scholar, you will be trained to conduct high-impact, interdisciplinary research in exercise and nutrition sciences. Graduates are ready for research careers in research-intensive universities, government agencies and health-related research positions in private industry. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue post-doctoral research opportunities upon graduation.

Advance cutting-edge research in exercise and nutritional science. ASU is among the

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National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey

ASU is

in the world

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

for total research expenditures among institutions of higher education without a medical school.


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graduate schools in the U.S.

for global impact in research, outreach and stewardship. Times Higher Education, 2021

PhD in exercise and nutritional sciences program As a doctoral student, you will be actively engaged in research at all stages of your study, as well as integrated in the professional and research culture of the program, allowing you to strengthen your knowledge while building your credentials.

Research core, 33 credit hours · Eighteen required credit hours include courses on advanced statistics and research methods, grant writing and two research practicums. · Elective research finishes the 15 remaining core credit hours.

Area of focus, 9 credit hours Tailor your course of study within a thematic area. There are three options to choose from: · Biomechanics and motor control. · Metabolism and physiology. · Behavioral and population health sciences.

Professional development, 5 credit hours · Three professional seminars prepare you to become faculty or a professional in the nutrition, exercise or health promotion fields. · A teaching internship increases your competency and awareness of the best practices in higher education teaching.

Dissertation, 12 credit hours After advancing to candidacy, you can apply up to 12 credit hours of dissertation research to your doctoral degree.

Finding your mentor Your mentor is the key to your success as a PhD candidate. You will work with your mentor from the beginning to the end of the doctoral program. Multiple faculty members conduct research within each focus area — explore your options with the faculty listings on and email potential mentors to gauge compatibility. Opt for a mentor based on mutual research interests who has the availability and expertise to support your plan of study.

The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University translates scientific health research and discovery into practice. Its programs prepare students to address the challenges facing our populations to stay healthy, improve their health, and manage chronic disease — all toward improving health outcomes.

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