Disability Science Course Work

Disability Science focuses on the interaction of the individual with a disability and the environment, and the process of adaptation to disability through the lifespan. Disability Science is a highly interdisciplinary field aimed at exploring the pathophysiology of disability, and enhancing activity and participation in daily life for individuals with disability while addressing the role of environmental and personal factors in the disability process.  Since Disability Science is conceptually broad, there are no required courses in the track.  Instead, graduate courses are selected from departments and institutes across the University of Florida.  Below are examples three course sequences.


RCS 6066 – Growth and Human Development
APK 6205 – Natural Basis for Motor Performance
SYP 6735 – Sociology of Aging in the Life Course
EEC 7666 – Theory and Research in Early Childhood Studies
HAS 6114 – US Healthcare System
FYC 6020 – Principles of Family, Youth and Community Science



CLP 7934 – Seminar in Cognitive Aging
GEY 6646 – Issues and Concepts in Gerontology
DEP 6059 – Aging and the Human Brain
PHC 6418 – Foundations in Aging and Public Health Policy and Epidemiology
GMS 6063 – Mechanisms of Aging
ANG 5464 – Culture and Aging


Qualitative/Quantitative Outcomes

NGR 6815 – Foundations of Qualitative Research in Nursing
EDF 6475 – Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research
RSD 6700 – Rasch Measurement Introduction and Application
EDF 7439 – Item Response Theory
EDF 7932 – Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research
EDF 7412 – Structural Equation Models


Research Courses

A student must enroll in a total of at least 32 semester hours of research application. Only 32 such credits can be counted toward the total requirement of 90. All courses are taken pass/fail. The courses listed below reflect progressive involvement in research working with the major professor:

1. RSD6910– Supervised Research. No more than 5 credits can count towards the degree. This course is intended for students in their first year of PhD studies who have not yet declared a supervisory committee.

2. RSD7979– Advanced Rehabilitation Research. Appropriate for students who have not yet been admitted to PhD candidacy. However, students must have a supervisory committee established in GIMS to enroll in this course.

3. RSD 7980– Doctoral Dissertation. Appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. Enrollment in RSD 7980 is required in the student’s final semester.