Physical Rehabilitation Science, Doctoral/PhD

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The primary goal of the Physical Rehabilitation Science PhD program is developing independent investigators who will advance the field of rehabilitation science research.

The environment is highly collaborative with links to other departments within the School of Medicine and the broader University System of Maryland (USM), including kinesiology, epidemiology, biomedical engineering, psychology, radiology, gerontology, orthopedics, and neurology. Students learn to conduct research from both a basic and clinical science perspective and develop a wide range of competencies that include foundational knowledge of rehabilitation science, biomechanical analysis of human movement, advanced research design and statistics, and other related areas of individual interest. Each student works closely with a faculty advisor to receive ongoing mentorship in research, coursework, and career preparation throughout their time in the PhD program. For a list of our faculty and their individual research areas, please see our Research page.

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Program Details

Class Format


Program Length

4-6 years

Credits to Complete

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Previous course work in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics & statistics

Dates & Deadlines

Priority Applicants: December 1
All Other Applicants: March 1

Program Contacts


Victoria Kutnik
Academic Services Specialist


Kelly P. Westlake, PhD, MSc, PT
Program Director


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