Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Doctor of Philosophy

About us

The PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program offered by the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) develops future leaders within focused domains who advance healthcare through research, teaching, and outreach in the health and rehabilitation sciences disciplines. 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.

Innovative Research

  1. Develop In-depth foundational knowledge within one of the focused five pillars of study;
  2. Develop mastery of innovative scientific methods to produce original rigorous research, culminating in independent, scholarly thought;
  3. Advance the science and the profession through pursuit of grant funding, publication of scientific discoveries and dissemination in scientific and professional forums as well as in the classroom;
  4. Aggressively disseminate research discoveries and knowledge to stakeholders in diverse locations and backgrounds, including other professionals, students, consumers, and legislators.

Inspired Teaching

  1. Translate discovery into practice through effective teaching of current, evidence based, methodologies and science in health and rehabilitation sciences;
  2. Provide attentive, effective academic and research mentoring other practitioners and future scientists;
  3. Foster and practice the habits of good teaching, curricular design and program evaluation.

Professional Outreach

  1. Serve as an ambassador for the profession and the program in interactions with others locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally;
  2. Thrive in interdisciplinary discussion, debate and collaboration;
  3. Expect the best by engaging in self-criticism, bringing passion to professional duties, and being committed to collegiality.


HRS Information Sessions:

HRS Information Session - June 30, 2024 (Held in Atwell Hall) Deadline to register: 6/27/24 at 5 PM EST

HRS Information Session - July 25, 2024 (Held on Zoom) Deadline to register: 7/25/24 at 6 PM EST

HRS Information Session - August 15, 2024 (Held on Zoom) Deadline to register: 8/15/24 at 6 PM EST