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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 (kara-whitaker@uiowa.edu). 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: