Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Why study Health and Rehabilitation Sciences?

The University of Cincinnati Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a research-intensive program designed to prepare students for research and teaching careers in fields related to athletic training, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and movement science. The program will expand the knowledge and skills of clinically trained professionals and other students who seek doctoral research training by providing rigorous instruction in research methods, data analysis and advanced disciplinary content, intensive research mentoring, and additional preparation for future faculty roles, culminating in an original research dissertation. Graduates will be prepared to lead independent research operations in order to be qualified for faculty positions in education programs, research institutes, and research-oriented governmental or clinical settings. 

Flexible Program Options

UC’s Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences uses a hybrid curriculum, giving you the opportunity to engage in most courses either in-person or online. You can also choose from a part-time or full-time program option, allowing you to tailor your time to completion to fit your needs. The flexible nature of this program can allow students who are also clinicians to maintain some level of clinical activity through parts of the program.  

Admission Requirements

Please visit our Admission Requirements page for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

The focus of the Ph.D. program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is to prepare students for future faculty research and teaching roles while advancing the science of health and rehabilitation.  

Graduates are employed at colleges and universities, hospitals, research facilities, government agencies, and more.  

Accreditation bodies for many clinical training programs require that a minimum proportion of faculty have terminal degrees like a Ph.D. Thus, graduates are expected to be highly competitive for these positions. This Ph.D. program will also help students obtain valuable skills in research design, planning, implementation, analysis, and dissemination. 

Application Deadlines

Visit the How to Apply page to find information on application deadlines, fees, where to send your materials, and more. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program
3225 Eden Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-7503

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Program Code: 35DOC-HRS-PHD