Integrative Physiology—PhD

If you’re fascinated by health and human physiology and have a passion for fitness, bring your interests together with study in a doctorate of Integrative Physiology.

We take a system-level approach to understand the role of physiology in human health. Our work is conducted across the entire spectrum - fundamental basics at the molecular level, animal- and human-based research, and population studies - to translate research into tangible health outcomes.

What you’ll work on

We have many focus areas and laboratories to work with top faculty to do your research. For a more in-depth look at the areas we offer, our research focus page will show you more.

Cardiovascular Physiology

The human central nervous system regulates cardiovascular function, body fluid, and sodium homeostasis, research focuses on hypertension, congestive heart failure, obesity and diabetes.

Integrative Physiology Research

Understanding human cardiovascular disease and orthostatic hypotension by studying sympathetic neural control of circulation. 

Molecular Physiology

Focuses on the neurogenic mechanisms of hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases, with emphasis on developing novel targets for disease treatment and management.

Sleep Research

Combines sleep analysis technologies and biomedical engineering signal processing techniques to explore the effects of sleep on cardiovascular health.

Exercise Physiology

Focuses on how the human nervous and musculoskeletal systems interact to give rise to coordinated locomotor movements.

Human Biomechanics

Focuses on how the laws of physics act on the human body to influence performance and injury risk.

Aging and Cognition Action

Understanding the nature of changes in cognitive function and motor behavior in healthy aging and dementia.

Tissue Interfaces Research

Concentration on understanding how the transient signaling molecule nitric oxide (NO) can mediate and control physiological response in both normal and pathological conditions.

Required Courses

Please select 10 credits of the following:

At least one of the following:

Remaining credits are dissertation research and/or electives. Talk with your advisor each semester about specific research and elective credits. For more-detailed information, see Degree Requirements and our Graduate Student Handbook.