The University of Nebraska at Omaha has created a new doctoral degree in Exercise Science, the first of its kind in Nebraska.
This new degree is offered by the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) in the College of Education, will be offered through UNO’s Office of Graduate Studies, which helped UNO become recognized as a Carnegie doctoral research institution last year.
The Exercise Science program will include four specific emphases, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, physical activity and motor control. The National Science Foundation has estimated that there is an expected growth of 18 to 40 percent in exercise science jobs over the next six years.
“We want this brain drain to stop,” said Daniel Blanke, director of the UNO School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
“We have worked hard at developing and nurturing this Ph.D. program which will provide new and exciting opportunities for students in Nebraska and will provide Nebraska with highly educated scientists and researchers.”