Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Learn to be a leader in the field of health and rehabilitation sciences

Our Ph.D. program in health and rehabilitation sciences offers you access to faculty working on the forefront of research. Our curriculum is supported by research, teaching, and faculty already in place at IUPUI.

5:1student to faculty ratio

36%growth in Health specialties instructors according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


What you’ll learn

The 90 credit hour curriculum covers health and rehabilitation sciences core coursework, concentration tracks, and research, culminating in the defense and publication of a doctoral dissertation. You may transfer up to 30 credit hours from your master’s degree, as approved by your advisory committee and the university graduate school.

The 90 credit hours for the Ph.D. are distributed among four content areas.

The core addresses content necessary for a successful academic career in health and rehabilitation sciences.

This content area is designed to give you specific skills for a successful research career. It includes content such as grant writing, writing for publication, and a research practicum. You will also complete coursework in research design and statistical analysis.

One of the unique features of our Ph.D. is flexibility. Unlike other programs that have fixed curricula, our program permits you to customize your program. As a student, you will select from three concentrations:
  • pathophysiology and impairment
  • functional limitations/functional participation
  • health services research

Working with your advisory committee you can tailor your concentration to meet your career goals.

All Ph.D. students can take up to 6 credit hours of elective course work to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor and advisory committee.

This includes a qualification project in health and rehabilitation sciences, consisting of two components: an original research project and public defense.

Cost and finances

The value of a Ph.D. in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI is unmatched in Indiana.  

  • Indiana Resident:  $412.00 per credit hour
  • Non-resident:  $618.00 per credit hour

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Financial aid and Assistantships

You can earn financial assistance as a graduate assistant or teaching assistant. Full financial assistance pays tuition fees, student health insurance, and a 10-month stipend with opportunities for summer employment.