Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Rehabilitation Science

Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science provides training and intensive experience in clinical research related to health and rehabilitation by asking the right questions through research design, analysis, interpretation and presentation of results. The program includes a comprehensive exam, research proposal, thesis and an oral defense.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (13 credits)

  • POTH 609 Qualitative Research in Rehabilitation Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : Introduction to qualitative inquiry in rehabilitation sciences. Emphasis is placed on prominent research paradigms, qualitative research methodologies, and qualitative research methods as they relate to research on topics pertaining to rehabilitation.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Hunt, Matthew; Saunders, Sara; Lencucha, Raphael (Fall)

  • POTH 610 Research Methodology (4 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : Philosophy of scientific inquiry, principles of research design, and application of statistical techniques, focusing on research studies in health care and rehabilitation.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Mayo, Nancy (Fall)

  • POTH 614 Selected Topics in Rehabilitation Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : A selected topic of current research issues in rehabilitation science.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Kehayia, Evanthia (Fall)

    • Fall

  • POTH 631 Research Proposal (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : The course covers issues involved in the development of a research protocol. The presentation of a written thesis proposal is required by the end of the course. This document will serve as the basis for an oral presentation to the student's Supervisory Committee who will also review the written proposal.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Mayo, Nancy (Winter)

    • Winter

  • POTH 701 Ph.D. Comprehensive

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Gelinas, Isabelle; Snider, Laurie M (Fall) Gelinas, Isabelle; Snider, Laurie M (Winter)

Complementary Course (6 credits)

One of the following courses:

  • POTH 620 Measurement: Rehabilitation 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : Theoretical and practical basis for utilization of electronic equipment for quantitative measurement in rehabilitation research. Ambulatory assistive devices, electronic plates and instrumentation to assess normal and pathological human movement will be used to demonstrate the application of theory and techniques for quantitative analysis of human performance. Recording, reduction and analysis of electromyographic, kinetic and kinematic data included.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Preuss, Richard (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: POTH 222 and permission of instructor.

  • POTH 630 Measurement: Rehabilitation 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : Theoretical and practical basis for measurement in rehabilitation research. Introduction to measurement theory, scale development and related statistics, approaches and instruments used to assess outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, psychiatric or psychological conditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Or 3 credits of advanced qualitative methodology to be chosen from the School course offerings or other courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level with permission from the Graduate Program Director.

3 credits from the following:

  • POTH 628 Introduction to Regression Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Phys and Occ Therapy (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Phys & Occ Therapy : Commonly used regression modelling approaches in the health sciences, linear and logistic regression models. Topics include: general concepts behind statistical model building, selection of appropriate model, preparatory descriptive analyses prior to regression modelling, fitting, interpreting and evaluating some linear and logistic regression models.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Or 3 credits of advanced qualitative methodology to be chosen from the School course offerings or other courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level with permission from the Graduate Program Director.

Elective Courses (3-6 credits)

3-6 credits of School course offerings, at the 500, 600, or 700 level, that pertain to the student's area of specialization, to be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Program Director.

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