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Ph.D. in 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)14
Research Core (RC)20 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-810Health and Rehabilitation Models3 PC
HRS-830Introduction to Biostatistics3 RC
HRS-830LIntroduction to Biostatistics Computer Lab2 RC
HRS-801Applied Research3 RC
Spring, First Year
HRS-805Evidence-Based Practice for Researchers3 PC
HRS-814Basic Academic Teaching Skills2 PC
HRS-820Statistical Methods for Rehabilitation3 RC
 Concentration Core Courses1-4 CC
Summer, First Year
BMTRY-724Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials3 RC
HRS-819Teaching Practicum1-4 PC
DHA-870Advanced Techniques in Applied Research3 RC
 Concentration Core Courses1-2 CC
Fall, Second Year
MCR-738Seminar Series in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics1 PC
CGS-711Diversity in Science1 PC
HRS - 811Fundamentals of Grant Writing3 RC
 Concentration Core Courses4 CC
Spring, Second Year
HRS-800Translational Research3 PC
 Concentration Core Courses6 CC
Summer, Second Year
 Concentration Core Courses5 CC
 Elective Courses4 E
Fall, Third Year
 Concentration Core Courses5 CC 
 Elective Courses

4 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:August 3, 2017 10:55 AM
Last Comprehensive Review:June 2016
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