The Institute of Medicine defines Rehabilitation Science as “a field of study that encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social sciences, and engineering. It is the melding of knowledge from several disciplines to understand the fundamental nature of the enabling-disabling process.” Rehabilitation Science provides a comprehensive approach to physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral disability. The academic and research programs address the fundamentals of the disability model with elements of physiology, anatomy, mechanisms by which disability occurs in chronic illnesses, assessment of human performance and capacity, and exploration of environmental and human interventions that may contribute to prevention of disability and restoration of function.
The PhD program in Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary program reflecting the need for integrated research to address the needs of the disabled. This program educates students in basic and translational science that address mechanisms, prevention and amelioration of disability. The objective of the program is to develop researchers and academics, who, through their scholarship and original research, create new knowledge in rehabilitation science. Graduates of this program are prepared for professional careers in academic, governmental, and industrial research environments.