Welcome to the University of Iowa Department of Health and Human Physiology graduate program! Our mission is to provide transformative academic, research, and outreach training that promotes the health and well-being of people, their environments, and communities in which they live. Our graduate faculty strive to train the next generation of scientists, practitioners and leaders in the areas of health promotion, human physiology, sport and recreation management and child life.
The University of Iowa is a top ranked public research university. Our faculty are a collaborative group of scientists and scholars who are all passionate about training graduate students. We offer a wide range of advanced coursework that span our extensive breadth of expertise. Many of our graduate students are fully supported through teaching assistantships that cover tuition and fees on a competitive basis. Research assistantships are also available through individual faculty members. Finally, we offer scholarships and fellowship opportunities on an annual basis.
We are always accepting applications from strong graduate applicants! If you are interested in our program, please explore our website and inquire about on-campus visits. If you have additional questions about our program, please feel free to contact our graduate program coordinator, Dr. Kara Whitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have specific questions about one of our graduate degree tracks, please contact the appropriate Program Chair, as designated below:
- MS in HHP (Subtrack in Child Life) - Emily Mozena, MA, CCLS, CTRS
- MA in Sport and Recreation Management - Dan Matheson, JD
- MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology - Gary Pierce, PhD
- MS (with thesis) or PhD in Health and Human Physiology - Kara Whitaker, PhD, MPH
For more detailed information please explore our various degree tracks below:
M.A. in Sport and Recreation Management
The M.A. in Sport and Recreation Management prepares students for careers in professional, intercollegiate and interscholastic sports; campus, community and commercial recreation settings, and many other areas.
M.S. in Health & Human Physiology (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
The M.S. sub-track in Clinical Exercise Physiology (without thesis) is a terminal Master’s degree that will prepare students for professional employment by providing students with knowledge and skills in areas related to clinical exercise physiology.
M.S. in Health & Human Physiology (subtrack in Child Life)
The M.S. sub-track in Child Life (without thesis) is a terminal Master’s degree that prepares students to meet credentialing requirements and become advanced practitioners in child life.
M.S. in Health & Human Physiology (with thesis)
The M.S. in Health & Human Physiology (with thesis) is designed to academically prepare students with BS or BA degree(s) for a doctoral degree program in the broad areas of health promotion and human physiology.
Ph.D. in Health & Human Physiology
The Ph.D. in Health & Human Physiology has no formal subtracks - focus areas will reflect the expertise of the faculty in the department.