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UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation launches interdisciplinary PhD in kinesiology degree

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 • Media Contact: Lekan Oguntoyinbo

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Kinesiology PhD student Brian Prejean (left) with a research subject

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation will begin offering a doctoral degree in kinesiology in the fall, in response to soaring demand for healthcare scientists and faculty.

The degree, which combines elements of curriculums of kinesiology and nursing, will have three tracks: movement and rehabilitation sciences, applied physiology and physical education.

“Interdisciplinary coursework will be an important element of the program,” said Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. “This program is strategically centered on an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, particularly in the areas of prevention and care.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of medical scientists with PhDs is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. The agency attributes this demand to increased spending on medical care, an aging population, increased reliance on pharmaceuticals and a growing understanding of the physiological processes of disease and health.

In addition to preparing graduates for the workforce, UTA’s kinesiology doctorate is designed to teach researchers strategies that combine their knowledge of health and disease with the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, motor skills difficulties, and musculoskeletal injuries. This approach is aligned with one of the core themes of UTA’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact, advancing health and the human condition.

“Our graduates will be well prepared for research positions in their areas of specialization and faculty jobs. The classroom and research experiences in this program will prepare them to help tackle an array of health needs,” said David Keller, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

There will be 11 students in the program’s first cohort this fall. The 11 doctoral students will work under 11 core faculty members, many of whom are renowned researchers. Collectively, these faculty members have attracted several million dollars in grant funding.

About the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation

UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence and encompasses one of the nation’s largest and most successful nursing schools and a renowned kinesiology program offering degrees in exercise science, kinesiology, athletic training and an undergraduate track in public health. The College is the largest producer of registered nurses in Texas and a leader in the use of online platforms and simulation technology to help more students achieve nursing degrees. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Master of Science in Nursing program and the online Master of Science in Nursing degree among the best in the country. The College’s highly regarded faculty is dedicated to advancing health and the human condition and investigates a wide range of topics in basic science, human performance and clinical conditions.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at

For more on the Strategic Plan, see Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact.