Current Students: Exercise and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program

Marquette’s Exercise and Rehabilitation Health Science program is a clinical research program based in the College of Health Sciences’ highly competitive Department of Physical Therapy, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the more than 200 accredited physical therapy programs nationwide. It is also part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeastern Wisconsin, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. It is one of only a few CTSI programs in the country specifically geared toward clinical research training in physical therapy and rehabilitation science.

Who is this program suited for?

The master’s program is designed for individuals with an interest in clinical research or future plans to pursue a post-baccalaureate clinical degree. The doctoral program is suited for practicing physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and nurses with post-baccalaureate degrees interested in a translational research and clinical research training.

New students ready to apply:

Now accepting applications for fall 2019. Fully funded Ph.D fellowships awarded on a competitive basis. More program details and information can be found on the Graduate School website

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Being the difference

Learn what current students and alumni have accomplished during their program.

If you have your own accomplishment to share, tell us about it! We will publish on our student success story page as well as through the Graduate School social media channels. 

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Giovanni Berardi presenting at the Three Minute Thesis at Marquette University2019- Giovanni Berardi is a PhD candidate in the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science program. He attended the American Physical Therapy Association 2019 Combined Sections Meeting (Jan 23-26) with support of the Graduate Student Research Travel Award.

Berardi was selected to perform a platform presentation on his work detailing the pain and fatigue response during exercise recovery in people with fibromyalgia at the Marilyn Gossman Graduate Student Research Seminar. This seminar highlights the professions developing researchers. Read more about Giovanni>>


Chris SundbergChristopher Sundberg graduated from the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences PhD program (now known as Exercise and Rehabilitation Science) in May of 2018 under the mentorship of Dr. Sandra Hunter and immediately following graduation began his postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert Fitts in the Department of Biological Sciences. He was recently awarded a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (totaling $103,328) to support his research project, entitled Mechanisms of fatigue in older adults: Role of vascular function and bioenergetics. 

If you are a current student or alumni with a success story to share, please let us know! Submit your success story! We'll share your accomplishments on the Graduate School website and our social media channels.  Read more about Christopher>>


Photo of Lauren Sara, CTRH doctoral student at Marquette UniversityLauren Sara, a second year Clinical Translational Rehabilitation Health Science doctoral student was awarded a Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) Scholarship from the American Physical Therapy Assocation. This award recognizes "the most highly qualified doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows preparing for research careers." These scholarships were developed in an effort to prepare clinicians for a career in research and ultimately one that will contribute to evidence-based physical therapist practice. Lauren received this award for the second year in a row. 

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Our students are winners of the Three Minute Thesis!

For two consecutive years, our graduate students have received awards in the annual Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition

2017 Three Minute Thesis Runner-Up- Brice Cleland

Thesis: Compensation and Brain Activation Post-Stroke


2018 Three Minute Thesis Winner- Giovanni Berardi

Thesis: Resisting the Pain Epidemic: Pumping Up Pain Relief