Requirements and Curriculum

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.

Required Courses—6 credits

Courses are offered alternating years

  • RSC 570 Culture and Disability
  • RSC 600 Research in Rehabilitation Science
  • RSC 648 Aging, Health and Disability

If you have completed any of these courses, or their equivalent, the course can be waived by the program director.

Public Health Courses—minimum of 6 credits

Required -  CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well-Being

Plus at least one other Public Health course. Some examples include:

  • EEH 501 Epidemiology Principles
  • EEH 502 Advanced Methodology
  • EEH 530 Introduction to Health Care Organization
  • EEH 527 Study of Health Behavior
  • EEH 533 Principles of Public Health
  • EEH 520 Biological Basis of Public Health
  • EEH 537 Public Health Law
  • EEH 542 Health Policy in the US
  • ES 528 Health Promotion, Prevention & Wellness
  • NTR 503 Nutrition and Health

Rehabilitation Science Concentration Area—minimum of 6 credits

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.

Research Electives

You will be encouraged to take research-oriented electives, including research design, research ethics and grant writing courses. Possible electives in this category include:

  • GSC 640/PH I640 Graduate Research Ethics
  • EEH 517/SOC 578 Methods of Survey Research
  • EEH 531 Human survey Research: Issues in Law, Science and Public Health
  • EEH 553 Fundamentals of Grant Development
  • EEH 602 Advanced Epidemiological Study Designs

Statistics/Design—minimum of 6 credits

Suggested courses for this section include:

  • STA 506 Introduction to Statistical Computing
  • STA 527 Introduction to Medical Statistics
  • STA 536 Experimental Design and Analysis
  • PSY 607 Advanced Statistics Methods I
  • PSY 608 Advanced Statistics Methods II
  • PSY 609 Multivariate Statistics
  • CEP 525 Multivariate Statistical Techniques
  • CEP 532 Understanding Statistical Research

Additional Program Requirements

Formal Teaching Experience

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.

Grant Proposal

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.

Pre-dissertation Project and Dissertation

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.