Learn more about the courses necessary to earn a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a full-time, four-year program for people who have completed a master’s degree or a professional graduate degree such as a DPT or MOT degree. 
 
A minimum of 63 credit hours are required to complete the PhD. At least 45 credit hours must be completed before taking the candidacy exam. Post-candidacy requirements include continuous 12 month enrollment for a minimum of three graduate credits each term. Most students complete 18 credit hours post-candidacy over six semesters. 
 
The pre-candidacy coursework will take about two years and will include courses on teaching, grant writing, the field of health and rehabilitation science, and research design and methodology. Pre-candidacy coursework will also include teaching and research practica and elective courses in the student’s area of emphasis. The core curriculum emphasizes our fundamental objective to prepare stewards of the profession. Therefore, students have in-depth training in a two-semester course series in health and rehabilitation sciences, one course in college teaching, one course in grantsmanship and a teaching and curriculum design course. 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 in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Research training is available in a wide range of laboratories like orthopedics, biomechanics, imaging, health promotion, neuroscience and pediatrics.   
 
Our faculty are active members in professional organizations like the American Physical Therapy Association, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Society of Biomechanics, the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Some of our faculty members are fellows of organizations like the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainer Association. Several of our faculty members hold major national awards in education or research from their professional organizations.
 
Our PhD Degree recipients go on to assume teaching, research, and leadership positions within health care, universities and colleges.
 

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

Part-time Scheduling Plan

Part-time Scheduling Plan

Note: part-time enrollment in the HRS PhD program needs to be approved by both the student’s faculty advisor and the PhD program director.

Pre Candidacy: 54 credits

Year 1 (28 credits)

Autumn: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7100 Health and Rehabilitation I
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds

Spring: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7150 Health and Rehabilitation II
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds

Summer Session 1: (2 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 7883 Responsible Conduct in Research
  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum

Summer Session 2: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Area of Emphasis Course I

Year 2 (16 credits)

Autumn: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7881 Grant Writing I
  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds

Spring: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • Area of Emphasis Course II

Summer Session 1: (2 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum

Summer Session 2: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • Area of Emphasis Course III

Year 3 (12 credits)

Autumn: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • Research Design Course I

Spring: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • Research Design Course II

Summer Session 1: (2 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum

Summer Session 2: (2 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum
  • HTHRHSC 8289 Teaching Practicum

Year 4 (12 credits)

Autumn: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • College Teaching

Spring: (4 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 7888 Grand Rounds
  • HTHRHSC 7250 Teaching & Curriculum in Health Sciences

Summer Session 1: (2 credit)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum

Summer Session 2: (2 credits)

  • HTHRHSC 8998 Research Practicum

Post candidacy: 18 credits

Year 5 (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 6 (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

Course Offerings

Plan of Study

Core (15 credits)

ESEPSY 7404 – College Teaching – 3 credits

Designed as initial preparation for instruction at the college level; focuses on the generic skills, strategies, and issues common to university teaching. Open to grad students committed to teaching in any area or discipline at the college level.

HTHRHSC 7250 – Teaching & Curriculum in HRS – 3 credits

Provide students with theoretical background and practical training for curriculum planning and teaching in health and rehabilitation sciences; exposure to teaching and curricular policies and procedures will occur.

HTHRHSC 7881 – Grant Writing I – 3 credits*

Seminar encompassing a variety of professional skills in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Research including ethics, writing, publishing, grantsmanship, tenure.

HTHRHSC 7100 – Health and Rehabilitation I – 3 credits

Provide students with knowledge concerning rehabilitation concepts relative to integrated healthcare models, physiological concepts of injury and rehabilitation, and neuroscience for health and rehabilitation.

HTHRHSC 7150 – Health and Rehabilitation II – 3 credits

Provide students with knowledge of motor control and motor learning, behavioral and cognitive models for health and rehabilitation, explore the interaction of physical, neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral concepts in health and rehabilitation.

*Students can also select BSGP 7070/BSGP 7080 (formerly IGBP 707/708) or EDUCST 5765 (formerly Edu PAES 765 for a Grant Writing Course)

Research Design and Methods (6 credits)

Students select courses from the list below to accomplish their 6 required credits for research design and methods

AEE 8870/8875 – Analysis and Interpretation of Data/Lab – 2/1 credits

Analysis and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics for research in applied social and life sciences.

AEE 8880 – Instrumentation and Procedures for Data Collection – 2 credits

Selection, development, and analysis of various types of instruments and procedures for collecting research data.

HTHRHSC 7900 – Evidence Based Practice I – 1 credit

Prepares students for evidence-based practice, emphasizing best practices in clinical measurements and interpretation of diagnostic reliability, validity, prediction, and measures of clinically meaningful change.

HTHRHSC 7910 – Evidence Based Practice II – 1 credit

Prepares students for evidence-based practice, emphasizing the processes of critical inquiry and analysis in a multidisciplinary forum.  Scientific literature related to intervention research and systematic reviews will be emphasized.

STAT 5301 – Intermediate Data Analysis I – 4 credits

The first course in a two-semester non-calculus sequence in data analysis covering descriptive statistics, design of experiments, probability, statistical inference, one-sample t, goodness of fit, two sample problem, and one-way ANOVA

STAT 5302 – Intermediate Data Analysis II – 3 credits
The second course in a two-semester sequence in data analysis covering simple linear regression (inference, model diagnostics), multiple regression models, variable selection, model selection, two-way ANOVA, mixed effects model.

PSYCH 6810 – Statistics Methods in Psychology I – 4 credits

Introductory statistics course covering theory and application including use of statistical programming software.

PSYCH 6811 – Analysis of variance – 4 credits

Simple linear regression and correlation, multiple linear regression, interactions; introduction to other related methods such as nonlinear regression and random effects models.

Practicum (6 credits)

HTHRHSC 8998 – Research

Repeatable up to a maximum of 30 credits or 15 completions. Students gain practical, advanced skills in allied health research through structured research experiences.

HTHRHSC 8289 – Teaching

Repeatable up to a maximum of 3 credits. Students gain practical, advanced skills in allied health teaching through structured mentoring experiences.

Area of Emphasis (9 credits)

Students may select courses inside or outside of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to increase the breadth and depth of their academic training with courses specific to their dissertation plan.

Examples of courses students have enrolled in the past based on academic pillar include:

Biomechanical:

            MECHENG 6700 Introduction to musculoskeletal biomechanics

            ANATOMY 7892 Injury biomechanics

Neurological:

            NEUROSC 7001/7002 Foundations of neuroscience I/II

            MVIMG 750 Principles of neuroimmunology

Health Analytical:

            NURS 7402 Applied cost effectiveness analysis intervention research

            PUBHLTH 7350 Applied logistic regression

Biological:

            BIOPHRM 7050 Neurobiology of disease

Behavioral:

            ESSPED 8861 Behavioral Research Methods in Applied Settings

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