Programs

PhD Health Sciences

This exciting, interdisciplinary program is designed to meet the critical need for doctoral-prepared faculty and researchers. You’ll work closely with our research faculty in your selected area of concentration and also complete cross-disciplinary and core courses that emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective in health-related education and research.


PhD Kinesiology

Our increased focus on health and wellness has resulted in kinesiology becoming one of the fastest growing undergraduate majors in the US. And the need for PhD-trained faculty to educate these future professionals is strong. Working toward a PhD in Kinesiology, you’ll gain the training you’ll need to become a successful scholar and be able to conduct independent research in applied and academic settings.

PhD faculty member, Scott Strath, observes as a MS student takes the resting blood pressure of a research participant.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

There’s nothing more rewarding than helping people improve movement and feel better, whether you’re working with a toddler who has a motor delay or an elderly client recovering from a surgery. At UWM’s College of Health Sciences, our goal is to develop practitioners, researchers and educators who will be leaders in the profession of physical therapy across the lifespan.

Dr. Moerchen and DPT students in the Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory.

MS Athletic Training

Athletic trainers (AT’s) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians in prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses. The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a graduate level professional program that prepares students to become a credentialed Athletic Trainer.

Athletic training students monitoring an exercise routine.

MS Kinesiology

The Master of Science in Kinesiology provides a comprehensive study of the varied aspects of human movement. Movement across the lifespan is observed and studied from mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociocultural, behavioral, instructional, and professional points of view.

Jinsung Wang, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, with a research subject in the Motor Control Laboratory.

BS Athletic Training

Athletic training is a health care profession, practiced by athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training includes the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Athletic training students evaluating an injury.

BS Kinesiology

Are you fascinated by the science of human movement? Then kinesiology might be the major for you. You’ll join an exciting department where nationally known faculty are working to deepen our understanding of physical activity, and you’ll delve into topics such as anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychosocial aspects of sport/exercise, motor development and more.

BS Kinesiology graduate, John Hawkins Jr., performing testing in the Physical Activity and Health Research Lab.

BS Nutritional Sciences

This four-year, science-intensive program will help you better understand the relationships among food, nutrients, eating behavior, wellness and human health. In addition to sharpening your scientific and technical knowledge and skills, you will also develop critical thinking and professional communication skills through courses in public speaking, nutrition education, wellness training, program development, and business and professional writing.

Group of four Nutritional Sciences students presenting a healthy food demonstration.

Minor in Kinesiology

The Minor in Kinesiology will provide students with foundational knowledge of the multidisciplinary science of human movement. Students in the minor will develop a broad understanding of how human movement contributes to health and well-being as well as the underlying factors influencing human movement and physical activity behaviors.

Male student on treadmill with two female students monitoring.

Minor in Nutritional Sciences

This science-intensive program will provide you the opportunity to study food and nutrients, their physiological functions, normal nutritional requirements, and the myriad of influences on food choice and eating behavior throughout the life cycle.

Nutritional Sciences Clinical Director, Susan Kundrat, teaches students about nutrition.

Applied Gerontology Certificate (Graduate)

Americans are living longer than at any other time in history. Aging is a dynamic field of study where demographic and generational shifts are impacting all disciplines and demanding innovations in how we care for older adults. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Gerontology will give students the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue or advance careers within aging services organizations or conduct academic research in aging.

Older adult man’s hands resting on the top of a wooden cane.  Caregiver’s hand gently rests atop his hands.

Certificate in Food Studies

The interdisciplinary Food Studies Certificate helps students understand subjects such as food-related health problems, sustainability in farming, urban agricultural solutions, the global imbalance of food distribution and the instability it causes, the cultural and social connotations and consequences of widely differing foodways, as well as the many challenges that arise as a global economy creates local challenges regarding access to healthy and adequate food.


Strength & Conditioning Certificate

There is a growing need for those entering the exercise and fitness professions to have greater competency in the area of strength training and conditioning. Among other things, the Certificate in Strength and Conditioning provides the basic knowledge required to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam.

Five pound dumbbell.

Certificate in the Study of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM; integrative health care) modalities advocate for care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, emphasizes the therapeutic relationship, and uses therapeutic approaches originating from conventional and alternative medicine. Health and wellness, mind and body, and natural products are key areas of focus within this area of study.


Mission

To pioneer innovative research in the human movement sciences inspiring student learning through transforming our laboratories, classrooms, & communities into living-learning environments.

Faculty & Staff