School members are expected to become stewards of the science by applying rigorous scientific methods and cutting-edge analytical approaches in a focused domain. Being at the scientific forefront facilitates a culture of knowledge and innovation and is fundamental to becoming a steward of one's profession. Our faculty and graduates will lead their disciplines by engaging in life-long research, effectively disseminating scientific discoveries, and performing service to their professions.
Our PhD program's success is equated with completion of these targeted activities. All targeted activities are expected to be contextually linked to our programs' five thematic pillars.
  • Biomechanical
  • Neurological
  • Health analytical
  • Biological
  • Behavioral

Examples of our PhD program’s success include:

  • Highly successful career development resources: 100% Job Placement Success
  • Interprofessional focus on academia: 80% of graduates continue in academic research/teaching careers
  • Numerous doctoral student awards and grants: 100% financial support for students
The PhD program is open to allied health professionals who have completed a graduate degree. Examples include a Master of Science (MS) in Allied Medicine, Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Masters of Science in Dietetics. Other related graduate degrees may be appropriate; for additional information please contact the HRS Academic Coordinator of Graduate Education at For students with a bachelor's degree, the MS can be earned by overlapping the MS and PhD programs through the dual degree MS/PhD program.

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