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PhD Health and Rehabilitation Science | Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science requires a minimum of 90 semester hours organized as follows:

Professional Development Core (PC)15
Research Core (RC)21 minimum
Concentration Core (CC)30 in Pathology and Impairment, Functional Limitations, or Health Services
Dissertation12 minimum

Below is a detailed plan of study

PC - Professional Development Core
RC - Research Core
CC - Concentration Core
E - Elective

Fall, First Year
HRS-810Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation Theories3 PC


Quantitative Methods for Research

3 RC

HRS-830LIntro to SAS Programming Lab1 RC


Applied Research
3 RC

Spring, First Year

HRS-805Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation Services3 PC
HRS-814Basic Academic Teaching Skills2 PC
HRS-820Statistical Methods for Rehabilitation3 RC
 Concentration Core Courses1-4 CC
Summer, First Year
HRS-823Doc Sem I Critical Review Statistical Methods1 PC
BMTRY-724Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials3 RC
HRS-819Teaching Practicum1 PC
DHA-870Advanced Techniques in Applied Research3 RC
 Concentration Core Courses1-4 CC
Fall, Second Year
MCR-750Ethical Issues in Clinical Research1 PC
MCR-732Comparative Effectiveness Research3 RC
HRS-817Doctoral Seminar II - Diversity and Culture1 PC
HRS - 811Fundamentals of Grant Writing2 RC
 Concentration Core Courses2 CC
Spring, Second Year
HRS-800Translational Research3 PC
 Concentation Core Courses6 CC
Summer, Second Year
 Concentration Core Courses5 CC
 Elective Courses3 E
Fall, Third Year
 Concentration Core Courses5 CC 
 Elective Courses

3 E

Spring, Third Year
 Concentration Core Courses4 CC
 Elective Courses3 E
Summer, Third Year
 Concentration Core Courses4 CC
 Elective Courses3 E
Fall, Fourth Year
HRS-990 Dissertation4
Spring, Fourth Year
HRS-990 Dissertation4
Summer, Fourth Year
HRS-990 Dissertation


The Professional Development Core and the Research Core are required, ensuring that all students receive a thorough grounding in Health and Rehabilitation Science, a teaching practicum, and a critical overview of key issues in the profession. All students acquire the research skills(design, methodology, and analyses) and training necessary to position them to become leading research scholars in the field.

The concentration area will be designed and overseen by the primary mentor and doctoral committee based upon the student's previous preparation and experience, area of specialization, and research interests.


Last Published with Edits:July 7, 2014 11:16 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:July 2014

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