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Doctor of Philosophy
in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Curriculum

The Ph.D. program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is based on a curriculum supported by research and teaching and faculty already in place at IUPUI. The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. are 90 credit hours of advanced study, of which 30 credit hours may be transferred from the student’s post-baccalaureate degree of study, as approved by the School Admissions Committee and the University Graduate School. The 90 credit hours for the Ph.D. are distributed as follows:

  1. Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Core Curriculum (12 credits)

    • Rehabilitation Theories and Applications (3 credits)
    • Theories of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
    • Health and Rehabilitation Services Delivery (3 credits)
    • College Teaching Methodology (3 credits)
  2. Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Concentration (30 credits)

    Students will select one of the three areas of concentration identified by the Institute of Medicine. Areas of concentration include:

    • Pathophysiology and Impairment
    • Functional Limitations/Functional Participation
    • Health Services Research
  3. Research Core (42 credits)

    • Statistics and Research Design courses (9 credits)
    • Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 credits)
    • Writing for Publication (3 credits)
    • Critical Inquiry and Research Ethics (3 credits)
    • Research Practicum within concentration (6 credits)
    • Dissertation to include proposal in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences(18 credits)
  4. Electives (6 credits)

Sample Plan of Study

Area of Specialization: Functional Limitation

Each student’s plan of study will be unique, depending upon his or her full-time or part-time status and previous graduate coursework. It is highly likely the students most attracted to the Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will have graduated from a previous M.S. or graduate professional program related to rehabilitation (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition & dietetics, athletic training, sports medicine). The course sequence and timing of courses will depend on the mix of entering full and/or part-time students and the scheduling of courses taken from other schools. Students must be registered for a minimum of 8 hours in the fall and spring semesters to be considered full time. In the summer, full time equals 4 hours. Shown below is a sample plan of study for a full-time student who has a graduate physical therapy degree and has entered the Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program. The sample curriculum is shown for the Functional Limitation area of specialization but similar sample plans could be put forth for the other concentrations.

Courses included in the following table are illustrative and some of their descriptions are not included in this proposal.

First Year
Courses Accepted from Previous Graduate Work in Physical Therapy (15 credits)
  • PHLS F503: Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • AHPT P530: Medical Conditions and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • AHPT P513: Functional Anatomy and Clinical Biomechanics (3 credits)
  • AHPT P533: Motor Control and Motor Development (3 credits)
  • AHPT P534: Introduction to Motor Sciences (2 credits)
First Year Fall Semester (9 credits)
  • SHRS W520: Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • SHRS W661: Theories of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits)
  • GRAD G651: Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 credits)
  • GRAD G505: The Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
First Year Spring Semester (9 credits)
  • SHRS W660: Rehabilitation Theories and Application (3 credits)
  • HPER K535: Physiological Basis of Human Performance (3 credits)
  • HPER K530: Mechanical Analysis of Human Performance (3 credits)
First Year Summer Session (3 credits)
  • NURS W540: Writing for Publication (3 credits)
Second Year
Second Year Fall Semester (9 credits)
  • GRAD G652: Introduction to Biostatistics II (3 credits)
  • SHRS W670: Research Practicum in Motion Analysis Laboratory (3 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)
Second Year Spring Semester (9 credits)
  • EDUC C750: College Teaching Methods (3 credits)
  • SHRS W670: Research Practicum in Human Performance Laboratory (3 credits)
  • SHRS W662: Health and Rehabilitation Services Delivery (3 credits)
Second Year Summer Session (3 credits)
  • Electives (3 credits)
Third Year
Third Year Fall Semester (9 credits)
  • INFO I510: Data Acquisition and Laboratory Automation (3 credits)
  • SHRS W670: Research Practicum (3 credits)
  • GRAD N802: Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 credits)
Third Year Spring Semester (8 credits)
  • SHRS W690: Dissertation Proposal in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (8 credits)
Fourth Year
Fourth Year Fall Semester (8 credits)
  • SHRS W692: Dissertation in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (8 credits)
Fourth Year Spring Semester (8 credits)
  • SHRS W692: Dissertation in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (8 credits)

Additional Information

For additional information, please view the Graduate Studies Handbook [PDF].