Physical Rehabilitation Science, PhD

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Through coursework and participation in research, the Doctor of Philosophy program in physical rehabilitation science emphasizes the development of an individual's expertise as a researcher in rehabilitation science. Approximately 20 students are enrolled in the PhD program each year.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates who complete the program are prepared for academic appointments that emphasize research, scholarship, and teaching. They possess:

  • theoretical and scientific knowledge to perform basic, applied, or clinical-level original research that leads to scientific presentations, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and competition for extramural funding through scientific grant writing;
  • breadth of knowledge in exercise physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, or motor control specialty areas as they relate to impairment, functional limitation, and disability; and
  • theoretical and practical skills required for college or university teaching at the professional entry and advanced graduate levels.