Doctor of Philosophy—Human Performance and Movement Science

Doctoral program offered by the University of North Texas

The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation offers coursework leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Performance and Movement Science (HPMS) with tracks in:

  • Applied Physiology
  • Human Performance Psychology


The HPMS program prepares PhD graduates to conduct research and education within human performance and disease prevention through movement science. The HPMS program also provides opportunities to address health disparities in minoritized populations through physical activity and lifestyle change.

Due to the unique focus on underrepresented populations and distinct research topics among faculty, students will gain competencies specific to the advisors and labs they join, with an emphasis on research-based experiences.

Our faculty members are outstanding teachers, recognized scholars, and active researchers. They’ve earned honors from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). A few specific areas of expertise include foundational quantitative methods, basic science, community-based implementation, and interrelatedness between movement and health.

To explore current areas of research that you could participate in, check out the Human Performance and Movement Science faculty page.



The state-of-the-art facilities that are utilized by the HPMS faculty are:

  1. Applied Physiology Laboratory
  2. Integrative Metabolism & Disease Prevention Laboratory
  3. Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory
  4. Cardiovascular Physiology Research Laboratory
  5. Research in Exercise, STress and Optimized REcovery (RESTORE) Laboratory
  6. Disability & Movement Research Collective
  7. Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
  8. Psychosocial Aspects of Sport & Exercise Laboratory

Watch the video to see the facilities and equipment utilized for research



Career paths include academic teaching, research, and/or administrative positions within colleges and universities, non-profit service and research organizations, policy-making positions in government agencies, and in industry using basic and applied kinesiology research knowledge and skills.


Contact Information

Sabrina Queen
Graduate Coordinator
Physical Education Building (PEB) 209



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