Curriculum

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Credit hours - Required major courses:  33 credit hours

  • RHB 780 Topics in Rehabilitation Science I – 3
  • RHB 781 Topics in Rehabilitation Science II– 3
  • RHB 782 Topics in Rehabilitation Science III– 3
  • RHB 783 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science I – 3
  • RHB 784 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science II – 3
  • RHB 789 Rehabilitation Science Seminar – 2 (3 terms; 6 hours total)
  • RHB 790 Rehabilitation Science Research Project – 1 (3 x 10 week periods over 2 semesters; 2 credit hours total)
  • RHB 791 Rehabilitation Science Clinical Project – 1 (may be taken up to 3 semesters; 1-3 credit hours total)
  • GRD 717 Principles of Scientific Integrity - 3
  • BST 611 Biostatistics – 3
  • BST 612 Biostatistics – 3

Credit hours - Required or free electives: 12 – 18 credit hours

Electives are determined in conjunction with the graduate committee based on the student’s academic background, courses taken in a focus area, and proposed dissertation question. Courses are specifically selected to develop the expertise needed to complete the dissertation requirements. Courses may be in content areas such as neuropsychology, bioengineering, etc. which are currently offered at UAB.

Credit hours for thesis or dissertation: 18 – 24 hours

  • RHB 798 Non-Thesis Research – 3 (min 9 cr. hours over 3 semesters)
  • RHB 799 Thesis Research – 3 (min 9 cr. hours over 3 semesters)


Total credit hours: 57-75


Course Descriptions

RHB 780 Topics in Rehabilitation Science I                       
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of neural control, biomechanics, motor learning, and motor development and how purposeful and functional body movements are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 781 Principles of Rehabilitation Science II              
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of cardiac and pulmonary physiology, exercise physiology, and health behaviors and how important activities are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 782 Principles of Rehabilitation Science III               
3 credit hours
Interdisciplinary discussion of concepts, theories, principles, and research literature underlying the understanding of occupation science and how work and play activities are accomplished under a variety of health conditions and disease processes

RHB 783 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science I                   
3 credit hours
A detailed overview of research design and methodologies used in rehabilitation science, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

RHB 784 Research Design and Measurement in Rehabilitation Science II                  
3 credit hours
A continuation of RHB 783.  A detailed overview of research design and methodologies used in rehabilitation science, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

RHB 789 Rehabilitation Science Seminar                                                                             
2 credit hours
Varied discussion of rehabilitation science topics to help students explore research questions in preparation for their dissertation.

RHB 790 Rehabilitation Science Research Project                                                           
1 credit hour
Research experience where the student rotates through a variety of research areas related to Rehabilitation Science.

RHB 791 Rehabilitation Science Clinical Project                                                              
1 credit hour
Working with clinicians in a variety of clinical settings, the student develops a project to help solve a Rehabilitation Science-related problem

RHB 798 Non-Thesis Research                                                                                              
3 credit hours: minimum of 9-variable
Development of research proposal                                          

RHB 799 Thesis Research                                                                                                       
3 credit hours: minimum of 9-variable
Post-proposal meeting research
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