The PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a full-time program, and a minimum of 80 credit hours are required to complete the PhD. However, since a Master’s or professional degree is required for program eligibility, students are able to apply up to 30 credits from their former graduate-level degree toward the 80 hours and only have to complete 50 credit hours total. Steps on how to complete this credit hour transfer will be shared with students once enrolled into the HRS PhD program.

The core curriculum emphasizes our fundamental objective to prepare stewards of science. Throughout their training, students will be exposed to cutting edge research being conducted in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences via enrollment in our bi-weekly Grand Rounds Seminar Series. Students have the opportunity to work closely with well-respected scholars with strong research missions. Research training is available in a wide range of laboratories like orthopedics, biomechanics, imaging, health promotion, neuroscience and pediatrics.

Full-time Scheduling Plan

Suggested Scheduling Plan

Pre Candidacy: 45 credits

Year 1 (28 credits)

Autumn: (11 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7100 Health and Rehabilitation I
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Research Design Course I
  • College Teaching

Spring: (12 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7150 Health and Rehabilitation II
  • HTHRHSC 7250 Teaching & Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • HTHRHSC 8289 Teaching Practicum
  • Research Design Course II

Summer Session 1: (1 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 7883 Responsible Conduct in Research

Summer Session 2: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Area of Emphasis Course I

Year 2 (16 credits)

Autumn: (8 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7881 Grant Writing I
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Area of Emphasis Course II

Spring: (8 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Grant Writing II
  • Area of Emphasis Course III

Post candidacy: 18 credits

Year 3 (9 credits)

Autumn: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Spring: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Summer Session 1: (1 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Summer Session 2: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Year 4 (9 credits)

Autumn: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Spring: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Summer Session 1: (1 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

Summer Session 2: (3 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8999 Dissertation Research

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