PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Overview

Total Credit Hours: 66 (with additional credits if necessary through dissertation completion)

Curriculum


Course Credit
Hours
 
Year 1 - Fall
RSD 6111 Intro to Rehabilitation Sciences 3
RSD 6920 Colloquium 1 1
Concentration 3
Statistics/Research Methodology 3
Year 1 - Spring
RSD 6112 Advanced Rehabilitation Sciences 3
RSD 6921 Colloquium 2 1
Concentration 3
Statistics/Research Methodology 3
Year 1 - Summer
RSD 7300 Rehabilitation Ethics 3
Concentration 3
Statistics/Research Methodology 3
Total 29

Year 2 - Fall
RSD 7930 Research Proseminar in Rehabilitation Sciences 2
RSD 7910 Mentored Research Apprenticeship 1
Statistics/Research Methodology 3
Concentration 3
Year 2 - Spring
RSD 7910 Mentored Research Apprenticeship 1
Concentration 3
Statistics/Research Methodology 3
Elective(s)* 3
Year 2 - Summer
Elective(s)* 6
Qualifying Examination
** Acecepted to Candidacy
Total 25
   
Year 3 - Fall
RSD 7980 Dissertation 3
Year 3 - Spring
RSD 7980 Dissertation 6
Year 3 - Summer
RSD 7980 Dissertation 3
Total 12
   
Year 4** - Fall
RSD 7980 Dissertation ---
Elective(s)*
Year 4** - Spring
RSD 7980 Dissertation ---
Year 4** - Summer
RSD 7980 Dissertation ---

* A wide range of electives within the Rehabilitation Sciences program and from other departments on the USF and USF Health campuses are available to students. Student may select electives (upon approval of their dissertation committee chair) that complement their course work and provide knowledge and skills that they will find useful upon graduation.

** if required

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

RSD 6111 Introduction to Rehabilitation Sciences. Introduction to & overview of rehabilitation sciences, emphasizing the interdisciplinary and interprofessional nature. The enablement-disablement process and literature highlighting quantitative and qualitative inquiry is highlighted.

RSD 6112 Advanced Rehabilitation Sciences. This course provides an in-depth analysis of theoretical and methodological issues in rehabilitation science research, education and practice.

RSD 6920 Colloquium in Rehabilitation Sciences 1. Weekly meetings with faculty & guest speaker presentations on timely topics and current research in the field. Students present results of projects in which they are involved or lead discussion of contemporary journal articles in rehabilitation sciences.

RSD 6921 Colloquium in Rehabilitation Sciences 2. Weekly meetings with faculty and guest speaker presentations on timely topics and current research in the field. Students may present results of projects in which they are involved or lead discussion of contemporary journal articles in rehabilitation sciences.

RSD 7300 Rehabilitation Ethics. This course is designed to introduce the student to the social, moral and ethical dimensions of rehabilitative healthcare including informed consent, research on human subjects, health care allocation and disparities.

RSD 7910 Mentored Research Apprenticeship. Directed research in rehabilitation sciences. Course is repeatable up to 2 credit hours total.

RSD 7930 Research Proseminar in Rehabilitation Sciences. Students explore current topics in rehabilitation science research and develop in-depth analysis in a research area related to the concentration. Students will gain experience in presenting, facilitating and discussing the research of interest to them.

RSD 7980 Dissertation. Directed Research in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dissertation research for the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee students will pursue independent study of a topic, research or project relevant to contemporary rehabilitation sciences.

Electives

RSD 6941 Teaching Practicum in Rehabilitation Sciences. Covers learning theories, teaching methods, assessment techniques and curriculum construction for the adult learner. Students are paired with a teacher-mentor and serve as a teaching assistant in a course relevant to their rehabilitation discipline.

RSD 7900 Directed Readings in Rehabilitation Sciences. Individually planned readings guided by a faculty member involved in the area of students’ concentration-(a) Chronic Disease, (b) Veterans’ Health/Reintegration or (c) Neuromusculoskeletal Disability, but not currently covered by formal course work.

RSD 7931. Special Topics in Chronic Disease. Creates a framework for understanding rehabilitation for individuals with chronic health conditions.Application of validated rehabilitation examination and intervention approaches or strategies that are consistent with evidence-based practice.

RSD 7932 Special Topics in Neuromusculoskeletal Disability. Understanding rehabilitation for neuromusculoskeletal disability. Focuses on the application of validated rehabilitation examination and intervention approaches or strategies that are consistent with evidence-based practice.

RSD 7933 Special Topics in Veterans Health/Reintegration. Understanding rehabilitation for veterans directed toward successful reintegration, long-term health, and holistic care. Application of validated rehabilitation examination and intervention approaches consistent with evidence-based practice.

Additionally, in keeping with the interprofessional focus of the program, students may choose electives from a variety of relevant departments across campus. Students should discuss and gain approval from his or her mentor for such courses.