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Board of Regents Green-lights Ph.D. Rehab Science Program

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​The Colorado Department of Higher Education and Board of Regents approved the creation of a new Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Colorado. Rehabilitation Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that integrates knowledge from the basic and clinical sciences to improve our understanding of human movement, physical function, and disability across the lifespan.

The Rehabilitation Science Program is designed for students who currently hold an undergraduate or advanced professional degree in a health, science, or engineering field of study, and are seeking graduate level education to conduct independent research that will advance the knowledge and practice of rehabilitation medicine.

The Rehabilitation Science Program will be administered through the Graduate School and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC). Coursework and research training will be offered at AMC, Auraria, and Boulder campuses in five areas of specialization: applied cellular physiology, exercise and cardiopulmonary physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and lifespan studies.

This interdisciplinary approach will prepare students to conduct collaborative and translational research by integrating knowledge from multiple perspectives ranging from the molecular to the systems level to solve complex problems of physical disablement. Enrollment for the Rehabilitation Science Program will begin in Fall 2011.

For more information about training and mentorship opportunities in the Rehabilitation Science Program, please contact the Program Director: Katrina Maluf, PT, Ph.D. at