The Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology (APK) studies the immediate and lasting effects of pharmacological, aging, exercise, rehabilitation, and disease related effects on motor performance and on cardiovascular, muscle, and brain physiology. Degree specializations include undergraduate, graduate training, and doctoral level studies.Apply now
The Master of Science in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology offers students a thesis & non-thesis option. Concentration areas for our graduate program are in the areas of exercise physiology, biobehavioral science, and traditional human performance or Online. Explore the graduate programs offered by choosing an area of interest.
The Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology is concerned with quality of life and the many aspects of human movement. Significant research contributions, education and services are related to the study of physiological and psychological responses to vigorous and relevant physical activities. In addition, movement skills, capabilities, and ways to improve and maintain health are studied as they relate to the typical person, as well as to disabled persons and high-level athletes.
Graduate study in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK) at the University of Florida is, in a broad sense, focused on research in the concentration areas listed for the department: physiology of exercise; athletic injury prevention; biomechanics, motor control & learning; sport and exercise psychology.
More specifically, the Center for Exercise Science illustrates its research through numerous projects that cover the whole spectrum of human potential: young to old, fit to unfit, healthy to diseased, able-bodied to disabled, and the casual recreational participant to the high-level athlete.
Consequently, APK has established meaningful research relationships with units in the College of Medicine, the College of Health Related Professions, the College of Engineering, the Departments of Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology, Zoology, the Veterans Administration Center, and the Center for Gerontological Studies. As a result of the multidisciplinary nature of the field, other mutually beneficial interactions are constantly being explored.