PhD in Leadership

Health and Human Performance

Enter academia, conduct your own research, and earn a terminal degree in exercise science.

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Learn how our 100% online programs can help you get ahead in the exercise science field.

Deadline to Apply: June 22, 2022
Classes Start: July 6, 2022


Complete your degree in 3-4 years

100% Online

Anytime, anywhere learning on your schedule

Tuition Guarantee

Your tuition is locked in while continuously enrolled

Program Details

Our 100% online PhD in Health and Human Performance is designed for working adults, with asynchronous classes so you can learn anytime, anywhere. We keep class sizes small, so you can connect with your classmates and professors.

Why Pursue A PhD in Health and Human Performance?

The PhD in Leadership – Health & Human Performance is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students to pursue academic, clinical, leadership, and/or research roles in the fields of health promotion, exercise science, kinesiology, human performance and other related disciplines. This 100% online doctorate program has a strong research orientation and aims to develop outstanding scholars and researchers who create and disseminate new knowledge about issues arising out of the intersection of physical activity, health promotion, and human performance.

The 66 or 67 credit hour program, which varies based on research course selection, includes coursework in leadership, health, exercise science, research, statistics and a 9 credit hour dissertation requirement.

Career Outlook

A variety of career paths are attainable with a PhD in Health & Human Performance. A doctoral degree in Health and Human Performance from Concordia University Chicago can open many doors in numerous fields.

Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • University Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Exercise Science Educator
  • Physical Health Policy Advocate
  • Exercise Physiology Research Scientist
  • Biomechanics Specialist

Start Date

July 6, 2022

Deadline to Apply

June 22, 2022

Cost Per Credit


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Ryan Richmond

PhD in Health and Human Performance

“I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.”

Admission Requirements

  • Free online application
  • Master’s Degree in Health Science, Exercise Science, or related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • GRE or MAT
  • Writing Sample
  • Objective statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae


HHP 7000
Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

HHP 7010
Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise

HHP 7030
Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition

GME 6300
Introduction to Grants

HHP 7050
Program Design in Physical Activity and Health

HHP 7060
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Cognate Elective- Up to 12 Credit Hours

RES 7900
Research Design

RES 7605
Quantitative Analysis

RES 7700
Qualitative Analysis

RES 7800
Mixed Methods Research

RES 7620
Advanced Topics in Statistics

RES 7710
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

EDL 7141
Organizational Change Non-K12

FPR 7300
The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge

EDL 7210
Policy Analysis Non K-12

HHP 7090
Ethical Issues in HHP

COMP 7000
Comprehensive Exam

DIS 7010-7040

HHP 7020
Exercise for Disease Prevention and Management

HHP 7100
Seminar in Health & Human Performance

HHP 7040
Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Human Performance

HHP 7070
The Professoriate

AES 6200
Applied Exercise Physiology

AES 6300
Exercise and Sports Nutrition

AES 6400
Principles of Fitness and Health Promotion

AES 6500
Principles of Human Movement Science

AES 6600
Principles of Sports Performance Training

AES 6810
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning

AES 6320
Vitamins and Minerals

AES 6420
Program Design in Fitness and Health Promotion

AES 6520
Program Design in Corrective Exercise

AES 6620
Program Design in Sports Performance Training

AES 6820
Advanced Strength and Conditioning Theory

AES 6340
Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Management

AES 6380
Special Topics: Seminar in Sports Nutrition

AES 6460
Bus Dev and Entrepreneurship in Fitness and Health

AES 6560
Special Topics:
Seminar in Human Movement Science

AES 6660
Special Topics:
Sports Performance Training

AES 6860
Seminar in Strength and Conditioning

GERO 7820
Leadership, Applied Ethics, Aging & Global Change

GERO 7505
The Psychological Aspects of Aging

GERO 7000
Gerontological Theory

GERO 7805
Issues in Aging Policy

GERO 7800
Demography and Epidemiology of Aging

GERO 7500
The Physiology of Aging

GERO 7900
Diversity in Aging Societies

GERO 7810
Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Gerontology

GERO 6000
Perspectives in Gerontology

GERO 6160
Sociology of Aging

GERO 6045
Aging, Values, Attitudes, and Ethics

GERO 6050
Adult Development and Aging

GERO 6500
Public Policies and Aging

GERO 6510
Diversity in Aging