Rehabilitation Science Program Information
Director: David D. Fuller
Graduate Coordinator: Laura Quintana
Complete faculty listing by department: Follow this link.
The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in rehabilitation science is offered through the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Rehabilitation science describes those disciplines which focus on both basic and applied aspects of health science and services, the social sciences, and engineering as they relate to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person’s interaction with the surrounding environment. An important point of emphasis is rehabilitation science should encompass research ranging from molecular biology through population health. The program embraces a wide range of disciplines, and supports the view that collaboration is the best way to advance human health. Students work closely with their faculty mentor within the broad categories of 1) Movement Science, 2) Disability Science, and 3) Bulbar Science (e.g., emphasis on speech and swallowing rehabilitation). 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 32 credit hours in research application; 18 credit hours within the student’s concentration; 16 credit hours of elective courses; 13 graduate credits in research methods and statistics; 6 credit hours in rehabilitation science teaching; and 5 credit hours in rehabilitation science application. core rehabilitation courses required of all students; 50 credits in specialty areas; and 15 credits of dissertation research. Course work should be selected with guidance and approval from the faculty mentor and when applicable, the supervisory committee. Up to 30 credit hours may be transferred in from a master’s degree program with the approval of the faculty mentor and steering committee.
For more information, please see our website: http://rehabsci.phhp.ufl.edu.