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PhD in Health & 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 hours
Research Core (RC) - 20 hours minimum
Concentration Core (CC) - 30 hours in Pathology and Impairment, Functional Limitations, or Health Services
Electives (E) - 14 hours
Dissertation - 12 hours minimum

Fall, First Year
HRS-810 Health and Rehabilitation Mode 3 PC
HRS-830 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 RC
HRS-830L Introduction to Biostatistics Lab 2 RC
HRS-801 Applied Research 3 RC
Spring, First Year
HRS-805 Evidence-Based Practice for Re 3 PC
HRS-814 Basic Academic Teaching Skills 2 PC
HRS-820 Statistical Methods for Rehab 3 RC
  Concentration Core Courses 1-4 CC
Summer, First Year
BMTRY-724 Design & Conduct of Clin Trial 3 RC
HRS-819 Teaching Practicum in Hlth & R 1-4 PC
DHA-870 Advanced Techniques in Applied 3 RC
  Concentration Core Courses 1-2 CC
Fall, Second Year
MCR-738 Clinical Research Intro 1 PC
CGS-711 Diversity in Science 1 PC
HRS-811 Fundamentals of Grant Writing 3 RC
  Concentration Core Courses 4 CC
Spring, Second Year
HRS-800 Intro. to Translational Resear 3 PC
  Concentration Core Courses 6 CC
Summer, Second Year
  Concentration Core Courses 5 CC
  Elective Courses 4 E
Fall, Third Year
  Concentration Core Courses 5 CC 
  Elective Courses

4 E

Spring, Third Year
  Concentration Core Courses 4 CC
  Elective Courses 3 E
Summer, Third Year
  Concentration Core Courses 4 CC
  Elective Courses 3 E
Fall, Fourth Year
HRS-990  Dissertation 4
Spring, Fourth Year
HRS-990  Dissertation 4
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.