The Exercise Rehabilitation Ph.D. program is designed for clinicians with a post-baccalaureate degree interested in translational and clinical research training.
The doctor of philosophy in clinical and translational rehabilitation health science builds upon the core competencies of clinical degrees (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical ethics and patient care) with course work in rehabilitation systems physiology, applied neurophysiology, statistics, molecular genetics and research methodology.
Students gain extensive research experience in the exercise, rehabilitation and movement disorders research cores housed within the exercise science program and the Department of Physical Therapy.
Research includes the use of EMG, motion analysis, biomechanics, isokinetic dynamometry, fMRI, body composition, bone mineral density, diagnostic ultrasound and acute and chronic exercise training to explore mechanisms of dysfunction and develop theories for restoring function in people with movement disorders. Movement disorders cross age, gender and all ethnic boundaries and include:
- populations with multiple sclerosis
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- traumatic brain injury
- cancer survivors
- pediatric obesity
- cardiovascular diseases
- chronic pain syndromes
Students applying to the doctoral program must have successfully completed either a master’s degree in a related discipline or a post-baccalaureate clinical degree (DPT, MPT., MP., MSN, MD, etc.) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 (based on a 4.000 scale).