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This graduate certificate prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. The Institute of Medicine defines rehabilitation science as a field of study that encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social sciences, and engineering. It is the melding of knowledge from several disciplines to understand the fundamental nature of the enabling–disabling process.

Students will acquire competencies in the following areas:

  • rehabilitation and recovery framework
  • research design and methodology
  • statistics
  • conduct of applied rehabilitation research

The department hosts information sessions on a regular basis for those interested in our academic programs. Visit the College of Health and Human Services website for details.


Admission to this certificate requires a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to health sciences from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the last 60 credits. Such fields include, but are not limited to:

  • health science
  • biostatistics
  • biology
  • nursing
  • medicine
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • physiatry
  • engineering
  • psychology

Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in Graduate Admissions and must apply using the Application for Graduate Admission. Applications are considered for the fall semester only. The application process is competitive. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements please refer to the CHHS Admissions website. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.


A maximum of 3 credits in equivalent coursework taken at another college or university may be applied toward the certificate.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: HH-CERG-RHBS

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

To earn the certificate, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the 15 credits of coursework outlined below, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C. 

Required Courses

RHBS 650Foundations of Rehabilitation Science3
RHBS 710Applied Physiology I3
RHBS 711Applied Physiology II3
Total Credits9


Select six credits from the following:6
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation
Research Design and Methods I
Research Design and Methods II
Clinical Assessment of Fatigability
Principles of Clinical Trials
Applied Physiology: Cardiorespiratory
Metabolic Basis of Disability
Movement Control and Learning
Physiology of Clinical Exercise Interventions
Movement Disorders: Etiology, Assessment, and Analyses
Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Research
Other courses taken with prior approval of the department
Total Credits6