Dual Degree

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) offers several dual degree programs that allow students to combine doctoral degrees. Students interested in a dual degree program apply simultaneously to the professional program and HRS PhD program. Students accepted into a dual degree program complete specified Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD courses while in their professional programs. In addition, specific research-oriented professional degree courses count toward the PhD degree. These dual degree programs are designed for entering students who are interested in careers in academia or research within their respective health professions. They offer early exposure to research and allow students to hone their research skills over an extended period of time. Students who are interested in learning more about the application process for the dual degree programs should contact an HRS graduate advisor at HRSGraduateStudentServices@osumc.edu.

OTD PhD Degree

Although the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) prepares students to practice occupational therapy, as a professional graduate degree, it does not prepare students for research or academic careers. Students who are interested in becoming a researcher or a faculty member prepare for these careers by completing a PhD degree program.  At The Ohio State University, students can combine the OTD program with the Health and Rehabilitation Science PhD program through entry into the dual degree program. The primary goal of this dual degree program is to prepare students for academic positions in Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences programs at research-centered universities. Therefore, in addition to the professional training, the program emphasizes higher education teaching, research and writing grants.