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  • According to a 2019 CDC study, Alabama had the 5th highest percentage of individuals with a mobility disability in the United States.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reports that employment of rehabilitation counselors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About the Program

In the field of rehabilitation science, you can research, integrate, and promote better practices to make healthcare more inclusive for people living with short-term or chronic disabilities.

Whether you plan on a career in physical or occupational therapy, public health, or rehabilitation research, the Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Science degree can provide you with a foundational understanding of disability inclusion science as well as prevention, health promotion, and wellness tactics integrated across the entire curriculum. Learn from a spectrum of courses like Rehabilitation and Healthcare in the US, Environmental and Community Considerations of Mobility, Tests and Measures in Rehabilitation Science, and Living with Disability. Not to mention, you can benefit from research opportunities, engaging seminars, and esteemed faculty from renowned centers across UAB such as the Center for Engagement in Disability Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Center for Exercise Medicine, and more. You can become an advocate for individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions and empower them to lead healthier lifestyles.

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This program delivers most of its content via on-campus, in-person meetings.

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If you are a current student and wish to change your major, be sure to speak with your current advisor(s). Find your advisor(s) listed on your student profile page when you log in to BlazerNET.

Then you can change your major on BlazerNET. Find more information here.

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