Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition, formerly the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences
Division of Rehabilitation Sciences & Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN)
Through interdisciplinary experiences, including a solid theoretical and methodological foundation in clinical and community health-related rehabilitation services, students are provided with advanced training in rehabilitation sciences, including assessment, development, restoration, and maintenance of independent function in persons with physical and cognitive impairments. Rehabilitation sciences also include methods to prevent disability and the examination of adaptation to functional impairment, and social limitations resulting from a disability. The rehabilitation sciences PhD program is intended for individuals who have a degree in a rehabilitation-related field and have expressed a clear commitment to a career in rehabilitation and disability research. The PhD is granted through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).
Knowledge in rehabilitation science
Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences following the standard procedures below. Additional information is available at the UTMB Admissions website.
Fall: April 1
Spring: September 1
*Application and all materials must be received by deadline.
Applications are reviewed at three levels - Rehabilitation Sciences Admissions Committee, Graduate Policy Committee, and the Graduate School Admissions Committee. Three primary areas are considered:
Students will work with their faculty advisor to organize a plan of study that will provide the student with the assessment and research skills needed to advance knowledge in rehabilitation sciences. There are no specific requirements in terms of total course credits. Students are required to enroll in didactic course work equivalent to two years of study (55-72 credits), plus a dissertation.
Following completion of course work, students must pass written and oral qualifying examinations that test current knowledge regarding rehabilitation healthcare, preventive and community health, and the ability to design and conduct independent, outcomes focused research.
Upon successful completion of the qualifying exam, the student will be advanced to doctoral candidacy and complete a dissertation. The dissertation will be original work examining an important question in rehabilitation science related to the prevention or remediation of disability, and/or the systematic examination of adaptation to functional impairment or societal limitation resulting from a disability.
Students enrolled full-time in the rehabilitation sciences PhD program may qualify for an annual stipend. Support is based upon availability of funds and will be determined by program administration once an application has been recommended for acceptance. Funding is provided by the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and various research grants and university endowments
Students applying to the School of Health Professions (SHP) professional programs in occupational therapy (MOT) and physical therapy (DPT) are eligible to concurrently apply to the PhD curriculum in rehabilitation sciences through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Students must complete the application requirements for SHP and the graduate school.
Students currently enrolled in the MOT and DPT programs are also eligible for the dual enrollment option. These students must apply to the graduate school and should consult their academic advisor for additional information.
The course of study for students enrolled in the MOT/PhD or DPT/PhD option includes a combination of integrated courses. Some courses meet the requirement for both degree programs. The curricula will be individualized to meet the clinical, academic, and research interests of participating students and faculty.
Limited stipends are available for dual enrollment students. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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