PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Academics & Accreditation

About Us

Granted by the School of Public and Population Health, the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program has a strong focus on interdisciplinary and translational science. Coursework and research opportunities exist in partnership with graduate programs in the School of Public and Population Health (currently in transition from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health).

Through interdisciplinary experiences, including a solid theoretical and methodological foundation in clinical and community health-related rehabilitation services, students are provided with advanced training in rehabilitation sciences, including assessment, development, restoration, and maintenance of independent function in persons with physical and cognitive impairments. Rehabilitation Sciences also include methods to prevent disability and the examination of adaptation to functional impairment and social limitations resulting from a disability.


  • 87% of students & fellows are supported solely or in part by research and training grants.
  • Core faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows have co-authored more than 700 peer-reviewed articles.
  • External funding for core faculty as PI totaled nearly $8.9 million in 2015-2016.
  • Our Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Program ranked among the top 10 PhD programs in the nation in 2008 among kinesiology, exercise science, and rehabilitation science (by the Chronicle of Higher Education).


The Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program is accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health, and public health programs outside schools of public health. For questions about the program's accreditation, please contact them at:

Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910

P: (202) 789-1050