College of Public Health and Health Professions
Director: W. C. Mann.
Graduate Coordinator: M. Odom.
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The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in rehabilitation science is offered through the College of Public Health and Health Professions. It is designed to prepare rehabilitation scholars. Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, research, service leadership, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Students work closely with their faculty mentor within the broad categories of Movement Science, Disability Science, and Communication and Swallowing Science. On successful completion of the program, graduates typically take positions in research universities and research centers. Requirements for the Ph.D. degree are provided elsewhere in this catalog.
Admissions decisions are determined by an interdisciplinary admissions committee. The program is a minimum of 90 credit hours of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum includes 25 graduate credits in core rehabilitation courses (rehabilitation science theory, research, and teaching) required of all students; 50 credits in specialty areas; and 15 credits of dissertation research. The 50 credits of specialty courses includes 18 credits from one (or a combination) of the three major emphases in rehabilitation mentioned above. The remaining 32 credit hours may be electives, or 30 credits may be transferred in from a master’s degree program (with the approval of the supervisory committee. Specialty course work must be chosen by the student with supervisory committee input and approval.