PhD, Leadership, Health & Human Performance

Todd Gober, ’21

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the PhD in honor of my dad if it were not entirely online.”

Become an Expert in Health & Fitness

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

Application Deadline: May 3, 2023
Classes Start: May 8, 2023


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100% Online

Anytime, anywhere learning on your schedule

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PhD, Leadership, Health & Human Performance Program Details

Our 100% online PhD in Leadership with a concentration 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 Doctorate in Health and Human Performance?

The PhD in Leadership with a concentration in 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.

Institutional Accreditation

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

PhD, Leadership, Health & Human Performance Career Outlook

A variety of career paths are attainable with a PhD, Leadership, Health & Human Performance program. 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

March 13, 2023

Deadline to Apply

March 8, 2023

Cost Per Credit


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 Requirement Currently Waived
  • Writing Sample
  • Objective statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae


Health and Human Performance Specialization – 30 Credit Hours

HHP 7000 Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise
HHP 7005 Scientific Communication
HHP 7010 Neuromuscular Responses to Exercise
HHP 7050 Program Design in Physical Activity and Health
HHP 7030 Advanced Exercise and Sports Nutrition
HHP 7060 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Dissertation/Comprehensive Exam – 9 Credit Hours

COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam
DIS 7010-7040 Dissertation

Research and Statistics – 18 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 OR RES 7710 Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics – 12 Credit Hours

EDL 7141 Organizational Change Non-K12
FPR 7300 Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis Non K-12
HHP 7090 Ethical Issues in HHP

Cognates – Up to 12 Credit Hours

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 6830 Application of Advanced Strength and Conditioning
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