UTA to Begin Kinesiology Doctoral Program

The new doctoral program will take an interdisciplinary approach to health care education.


The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington will begin offering a doctoral degree in kinesiology in the fall.

The program, which will take an interdisciplinary approach, was created because of demand, the university said. Kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movements,

The first group this fall will have 11 students fall who will work under 11 core faculty members, many of whom are renowned researchers, the university said.


Collectively, those faculty members have attracted several million dollars in grant funding, UTA said.

The new UTA program will join Texas Woman’s University in Denton in offering a Ph.D. program in kineseology.

“This program is strategically centered on an interdisciplinary approach to health care, particularly in the areas of prevention and care.”
Anne Bavier

The UTA degree will combine elements of curricula of kinesiology and nursing, and will have three tracks for students: applied physiology, physical education, and movement and rehabilitation services.

The interdisciplinary approach is important, said Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.


“This program is strategically centered on an interdisciplinary approach to health care, particularly in the areas of prevention and care,” Bavier said in a release.

The university said that U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job growth of medical scientists with doctoral degrees should grow by 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. Increased spending on medical care for an aging population should drive the growth, the agency said.

There’s an added value to the degree by teaching students strategies that combine their knowledge of health and disease with that of the prevention and treatment of motor skills difficutlies, chronic illnesses, and musculosketal injuries.

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