The program requires 72 credit hours; up to 12 credits can be dissertation credits and up to 36 credits may be applied from a master’s or clinical doctoral degree, if applicable.
The UB Graduate School requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in every required course.
Courses are offered alternating years
If you have completed any of these courses, or their equivalent, the course can be waived by the program director.
You may choose from any public health courses offered in the School of Public Health and Health Professions; at least one course must be a general public health course, while the other must be an epidemiology course. Some examples of acceptable coursework include:
Coursework can be within or outside of the Department of Rehabilitation Science. For example, if you were concentrating on assistive technology, you could take several related courses, such as: OT 530 Computer Access 1, CDS 670 Augmentative Communication and ARC 563 Design for the Lifespan.
You will be encouraged to take research-oriented electives, including research design, research ethics and grant writing courses. Possible electives in this category include:
Suggested courses for this section include:
A formal teaching experience, supervised by a faculty member, is required and preferably completed by the end of the first semester of your second year in the program. Previous teaching experience can be used to meet this requirement with approval from the program director.
With the support and mentorship of your advisor and Advisory Committee, you will write a grant proposal. In preparation, we recommend that you pursue formal grant writing instruction through a course or workshop. You will submit this grant proposal to your Advisory Committee and present to the faculty and students of the Department of Rehabilitation Science. We also encourage you to submit the grant to an appropriate granting agency. This proposal should be completed by the end of the first semester of the second year of the program.
You must complete a pre-dissertation project—typically small in scope—and publicly defend it before your Advisory Committee. You will also need to present the committee with a written document in journal-style format. You should plan to start this project by the beginning of your second year in the program, and complete it by the end of the year.
For the mandatory doctoral dissertation, you will propose this work at a public dissertation proposal meeting. A dissertation committee will be comprised of a minimum of three faculty members who have an earned PhD or equivalent. When presenting, the dissertation must be appropriately formatted, and given to all committee members two weeks prior to the defense. The presentation will last no more than 45 minutes, be followed by questions by non-committee members and then by a closed session where committee members ask questions.