Exercise Science

Exercise Physiology Doctoral Degree

Program Overview

Exercise physiology as a graduate emphasis area is broadly based upon basic sciences: human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biology. The primary goal of this field is to understand how the various cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems respond to c hallenges posed by exercise and physical training. Exercise physiology focuses on optimal performance such as that attained by elite and highly trained athletes. Unlike many fields, exercise physiology has remained integrative, examining how the failure or enhancement of one physiological system can influence another. The field also considers how the environment imposes limits on the body during exercise through such means as heat, cold, humidity, and altitude.

The doctoral degree in human performance with exercise physiology as the emphasis area is oriented toward research, and it prepares the student for a professional role within the biomedical community. Graduates are qualified for university research and te aching positions at universities, sports organizations, and medical centers.

Successful applicants for the exercise physiology specialization typically score 700 or higher in the quantitative section of the GRE and have a strong science background, preferably with courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology.

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance
Emphasis in Exercise Physiology
3.0 GPA required for graduation


For more information about admissions and application materials please contact: 

Program Area Faculty: Dr. Timothy D. Mickleborourgh OR

Associate Dean for Academic Program Administration
School of Public Health-Bloomington
Suite 111
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-4801
(812) 855-0068