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. In council with your advisory team, you will craft and title your specific Concentration area from three prevailing topical areas:

  • pathophysiology and impairment
  • functional limitations/functional participation
  • health services research

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.