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Department of Kinesiology

Kinesiology Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Degree Concentration in Athletic Training

The primary purpose of the doctoral degree concentration in athletic training is to develop scholars who are competent in teaching, conducting research, and serving in leadership roles in athletic training, physical education, sport, fitness, and educational organizations.

Effective immediately (5/5/15), the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University is voluntarily withdrawing from the Committee on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Post Professional Athletic Training Program.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the PhD degree, including area of concentration, breadth requirement, supporting area cognate, research cognate, research practicum, comprehensive exams, and dissertation. The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the athletic training concentration include:

  • KIN 820 - Advanced Clinical Evaluation (3 credits)
  • KIN 822 - Rehabilitation Techniques for Muscle Dysfunctions (3 credits)
  • KIN 825 - Injury Control for Sports and Recreation (3 credits)
  • KIN 870 - Physical Activity and Well Being (3 credits)
  • KIN 920 - Issues in Athletic Training (1-9 credits)
  • KIN 990 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in the athletic training concentration often complete external cognates in areas of study such as epidemiology, human nutrition, counseling and educational psychology, and educational administration. Sample courses are listed below.

  • EPI 810 - Introduction to Descriptive and Analytical Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPI 812 - Causal Inference in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPI 814 - Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • EPI 815 - Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3 credits)
  • EPI 826 - Research Methods in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • LCS 829 - Design and Conduct of EPI Studies and Clinical Trials (3 credits)
  • HNF 311 - Principles of Human Nutrition (4 credits)
  • HNF 457 Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition (3 credits)
  • HNF 460 - Advanced Human Nutrition (5 credits)
  • HNF 463 - Nutrition and Human Development (3 credits)
  • HNF 474 - Drug-Nutrient Interactions (2 credits)
  • HNF 891 - Topics Courses in Human Nutrition (1-3 credits)
  • HNF 935 - Nutrition: Lipid and Carbohydrate Metabolism (3 credits)
  • HNF 936 - Protein Nutrition and Metabolism (3 credits)
  • HNF 937 - Mineral Nutrition and Metabolism (3 credits)
  • HNF 938 - Nutrition: Metabolism and Function of Vitamins (3 credits)
  • PHM 350 - Introduction to Human Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PHM 810 - Synaptic Transmission (3 credits)
  • PHM 813 - Cardiac Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PHM 819 - Principles of Drug-Tissue Interactions (3 credits)
  • PHM 820 - Drug Actions, Effects and Uses (5 credits)
  • PHM 980 - Problems in Pharmacology/Biometry (3 credits)
  • CEP 860 - Stress Management (3 credits)
  • CEP 861 - Counseling, Theory, Philosophy, and Ethics (3 credits)
  • CEP 862 - Counseling: Introduction to Individual and Group Processes (3 credits)
  • CEP 863 - Counseling and Consulting Models and Strategies (3 credits)
  • CEP 934 - Multivariate Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • CEP 935 - Advanced Topics in Multivariate Data Analysis (4 credits)
  • CEP 961 - Perspectives on Diversity in Counseling Psychology (4 credits)

Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.

Expectations

The majority of KIN doctoral students prepare for careers in higher education; therefore, it is important that they acquire sufficient expertise and experience in research, teaching, and service to prepare for successful careers in the academy. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of Ph.D. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings

Admissions

Kinesiology Graduate Office
Graduate Studies Secretary
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689
Email: kingrad@msu.edu

Contact Information

Contact the following faculty member about the concentration in athletic training.

Dr. Tracey Covassin
Department of Kinesiology
105 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone:  (517) 432-2010
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: covassin@msu.edu

Dr. Chris Kuenze
Department of Kinesiology
105 IM Sports Circle Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 432-5018
Fax: (517) 353-2944
E-mail: kuenzech@msu.edu