The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) in Rehabilitation Sciences program is designed to be an advanced doctoral degree program open to physical and occupational therapists seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice.
The mission of the program is to prepare these individuals to take leadership roles as educators and master clinicians in rehabilitation sciences and to promote transfer of knowledge, evidence-based practice, professional responsibility, and lifelong learning across a variety of academic and clinical settings. The DHSc program encompasses four areas: leadership, education, scholarship and health care practice.
The DHSc Program consists of a minimum of 48-quarter credits completed part-time over 3 to 5 years. Coursework for this program is predominantly online. Most of the coursework will be offered without pre- or co-requisites to maximize students’ ability to balance his or her work and personal lives while completing the degree. Each student chooses an area of practice that matches the expertise of one of our faculty members; an arrangement that ensures optimal mentorship for the students.
The DHSc curriculum includes foundation courses in the health professions, teaching, research, and the opportunity for focused study in a specialized area of clinical practice such as pediatrics, orthopedics and hand rehabilitation. The program provides comprehensive preparation for clinical leadership and academia.
The objectives of the DHSc program include four areas: leadership, education, scholarship, and clinical health care practice. Graduates of the Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program will be prepared to:
Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC
Margery Lockard, PT, PhD, MS, BA
Clare Milner, PhD, FACSM
Margaret O'Neil, PT, PhD, MPH
Margo Orlin, PT, PhD
Robert Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA
Patricia Rubertone, PT, MPT, MSW
Sheri Silfies, PT, PhD
Susan Smith, PT, PhD