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PhD in Rehabilitation Science:
Program Description

The PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science prepares researchers, educators, and leaders in the area of rehabilitation science to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy. Graduates of the PhD Program are expected to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and productivity in rehabilitation science specific to research, education, service delivery, and/or policy.
  • Demonstrate leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration for the purpose of optimizing research, education, service delivery, and/or policy.
  • Generate and extend knowledge that is innovative and rigorously tested within a focused area of rehabilitation science.

Program Goals

Graduates of the PhD program will be expected to demonstrate competence relative to the following goals:

  • Understand rehabilitation science and social constructs about disability and apply this information to excellence in research, education, service delivery, and policy development and interpretation.
  • Understand the unique role and contribution to rehabilitation science of his/her entering discipline (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, rehabilitation counseling).
  • Critically evaluate and synthesize research in rehabilitation science.
  • Understand research methods relevant to rehabilitation science.
  • Design and implement innovative research relevant to rehabilitation science.
  • Take a leadership role in preparing a grant application.
  • Design and deliver scholarly presentations and facilitate effective discussions.
  • Disseminate research and other scholarly products/manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and other venues appropriate to the field of rehabilitation science.
  • Effectively design, implement, and evaluate instruction related to a focused area of study and reflecting a rehabilitation science perspective.

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PhD in Rehab Science Application Deadline

The PhD Program in Rehabiliation Science accepts applications every other year. The next application deadline will be January 15, 2024.

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