Rehabilitation Sciences Program

 

Rehabilitation science, as defined by the Institute of Medicine, encompasses “basic and applied aspects of health services, social sciences, and engineering as they are related to restoring human functional capacity and improving a person’s interaction with the surrounding environment.”1 As such, rehabilitation science is by definition interdisciplinary and extends beyond the boundaries of traditional academic departments. 

1. Brandt EN, Pope AM. Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997. 

Rehabilitation Sciences research is interdisciplinary and examines methods of prevention, intervention, and recovery associated with disabilities and chronic disease that limit a person's ability to engage in meaningful personal, community, recreational, and vocational activities.

The Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program includes an emphasis on the Institute of Medicine's Enabling–Disabling Model of rehabilitation and health. This model focuses on the need for outcomes research to reduce and prevent disability, and to advance evidence-based health care in rehabilitation. Through interdisciplinary experiences, including a solid theoretical and methodological foundation in clinical and community health-related rehabilitation services, students are provided with advanced training in rehabilitation sciences, including assessment, development, restoration, and maintenance of independent function in persons with physical and cognitive impairments. Rehabilitation Sciences also include methods to prevent disability and the examination of adaptation to functional impairment, and social limitations resulting from a disability.

The Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program is intended for individuals who have a degree in a rehabilitation-related field and have expressed a clear commitment to a career in rehabilitation and disability research.

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Rehabilitation Sciences research is interdisciplinary and examines methods of prevention, intervention, and recovery associated with disabilities and chronic disease that limit a person's ability to engage in meaningful personal, community, recreational, and vocational activities.

Research programs are focused in four areas – Aging and geriatric rehabilitation, Clinical and community rehabilitation, Muscle biology of rehabilitation, and Population-based health services rehabilitation. The Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program includes faculty members from multiple clinical and basic science departments providing students with access to numerous facilities across campus.

Core facilities and programs/projects include the Interdisciplinary Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Training Programs, the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences, the Sealy Center on Aging, the Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program, the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets, the Hospital Readmission and Medical Rehabilitation project, the Claude D. Pepper Independence of Older Americans Center, and the Hispanic Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, among others.

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Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

p. (409) 747-1637

James Graham, PhD, UTMB Health Division of Rehabilitation Services
 

James Graham, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program
409-747-1636
jjegraham@utmb.edu





bethcammarn

Beth Cammarn
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program
p. (409) 747-1637
bacammar@utmb.edu


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