Students will work with the PhD program director and
their faculty advisor to develop an individualized curriculum plan. The
curriculum plan will include core (required) courses, electives and
research opportunities based on the student's background and interest.
There are no specific requirements in terms of total course credits.
Students are required to enroll in didactic course work equivalent to
two years of full-time study (60-72 credits), plus a dissertation. Course Descriptions
Following completion of course work, students must
pass written and oral qualifying examinations that test current
knowledge regarding rehabilitation healthcare, preventive and community
health, and the ability to design and conduct independent, outcomes
Upon successful completion of the qualifying exam, the
student will be able to apply for doctoral candidacy, and once
admitted, will complete a dissertation. The dissertation will be
original work examining an important question in rehabilitation science
within one of the research focus areas: Aging & Geriatric
Rehabilitation, Clinical and Community Rehabilitation Muscle Biology of
Rehabilitation, or Population-based Health Services Rehabilitation.