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Welcome to the Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. The RSD program provides comprehensive graduate training to future rehabilitation scholars, building skills in research, teaching, and interdisciplinary teamwork in movement science and disability science. We train rehabilitation scholars with an innovative graduate program that builds skills in research, teaching, and interdisciplinary teamwork in disability science and movement science. Students design their own specialty area within the broad categories of:

Upon successful completion of this 90-credit post-baccalaureate program, students receive their Ph.D. and are well positioned for faculty positions in research universities and research centers. We also offer the opportunity to simultaneously earn a Master of Public Health in one of five specialized areas, such as Health Management and Policy, while pursuing a Ph.D. as part of our Ph.D./MPH program.

RSD students discuss posters with faculty at the Neuroplasticity Symposium

RSD students discuss posters with faculty at the Neuroplasticity Symposium

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight – Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Alumni Spotlight – Emily Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP

1. Tell us a little about your experience in the RSD program. I entered the RSD program in the Fall of 2001.   I was attracted to the interdisciplinary nature […]

Alumni Spotlight – Mark Bishop, PT, PhD

Alumni Spotlight – Mark Bishop, PT, PhD

Tell us a little about your experience in the RSD program. I entered the RSD program in Fall 1999 after completing a Masters in health Science. We took the majority […]

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RSD News

New RSD Graduate

New RSD Graduate

The RSD program celebrates a new Ph.D. graduate this August.. Woo Taek Lim, mentored by Dr. Krista Vandenborne– Dissertation Title “Magnetic Resonance Characterization of Muscle and Spinal Cord in a […]

RSD Student Awarded PODS I Scholarship

Kara Hannibal was selected to receive a Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) Scholarship given by the Foundation for Physical Therapy for her work titled “The impact of chronic stress-induced cortisol […]

RSD Alum Wins the Experimental Physiology Early Career Author’s Prize

RSD Alum Wins the Experimental Physiology Early Career Author’s Prize

RSD alum, Fan Ye, was awarded the runner-up Experimental Physiology Early Career Author’s Prize for his article Overexpression of insulin-like growth factor-1 attenuates skeletal muscle damage and accelerates muscle regeneration […]

PT RSD Faculty Recognized by Expertscape for Research in Low Back Pain

PT RSD Faculty Recognized by Expertscape for Research in Low Back Pain

Steven George PT, PhD was identified as the #10 ranked world expert for contributions to the understanding and treatment of back pain by Expertscape in a May 22nd press release […]