Rehabilitation Sciences

Major: Rehabilitation Sciences
Degree Awarded: Master of Health Science (MHS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2308
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1123

About the Program

Individuals cannot enroll directly in the Master of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program. Requirements for the degree completion include successful completion of 45.0 credit hours concluding with a case study or a clinical project.

Upon completion of the MHS program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Analyze the impact of injury or disease process on musculoskeletal or neuromuscular function within a specific population, including orthopedics, pediatrics, and hand rehabilitation.
  • Improve their practice through clinical decision-making that is consistent with concepts of health promotion, client-centered care, and current best evidence.
  • Facilitate the transfer of health care policy and research findings into clinical practice.
  • Evaluate methods of service delivery and intervention strategies and procedures at individual and program levels.
  • Serve effectively as clinical educators and consultants to consumers and colleagues.
  • Engage in professional life-long learning and contribute to the field of rehabilitation.

Additional Information

 For more information, visit the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences webpage.

Degree Requirements (MHS)

Core Requirements
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 523Methods for Health Research3.0
PTRS 650Motor Control and Learning Rehabilitation3.0
PTRS 651Applied Tissue Biomechanics3.0
PTRS 721Teaching Concepts in Rehabilitation3.0
PTRS 758Evidence-Based Rehabilitation4.0
Students select a minimum of 16-18 credits in one of the following concentrations.16.0-18.0
Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation Concentration Options
Foundations in Hand Therapy
Upper Quarter Joint Pathology
Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter
Diseases That Affect the Hand
Pediatrics Concentration Options *
Issues in Pediatric Health & Rehabilitation
Pediatric Decision Making
Pediatric Clinical Application
Selected Topics in Pediatrics
Orthopedics Concentration Options *
Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Spinal Rehabilitation
Extremity Rehabilitation
Foundations in Hand Therapy
Upper Quarter Joint Pathology
Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter
Diseases That Affect the Hand
Work Injury Management
Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
Biomechanics in Human Movement
Introduction to Movement Science
Electives *8.0
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Independent Study
Final Project
PTRS 786MHS Final Project I1.0-2.0
PTRS 787MHS Final Project II1.0-2.0
Total Credits45.0-49.0

Additional courses (as approved). Number of credits required for electives is dependent upon total credits in concentration selected. Contact the Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Health Science Program for more details.


Teaching Facilities and Resources

Most classes are held in lecture halls, classrooms, or laboratories on the Center City (Health Sciences) Campus of Drexel University. The entire campus has wireless capability for easy internet access. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences has two state-of-the-art dedicated laboratories. Our teaching resources also include supported distance learning technology. Instructional materials are provided through text, graphics, audio, and video formats and are available online through a course management system 24 hours a day. Our online courses are highly interactive through the use of web discussion boards, audio chat tools, and video conferencing.

Research Facilities

The department's research facilities include over 9,000 square feet of well-equipped research laboratory space (Biomechanics, Gait, Pediatrics, and Neuromuscular Performance Labs) with equipment including force plates, EMG, motion analysis, and human performance measurement equipment. This space includes conference rooms and PhD and post doc offices, and is located next door to the College's 14,000-square-foot, multi-disciplinary clinical practice.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation also values community partners as a central part of the research resources. Many faculty and students are involved in community-based research through collaborations with CanChild Centre, 11th Street Family Health Center, and numerous pediatric hospitals, out-patient facilities, and early intervention providers. Faculty are collaborating on research projects with nationally and internationally known researchers on several multi-site funded projects.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty

Benjamin Binder-Markey, PT, DPT, PhD (Northwestern University, University of Delaware). Assistant Professor. Skeletal muscle adaptations after injury and disease; muscle adaptation effects on physical function; musculoskeletal computational models; neurological rehabilitation.
Lisa Ann Chiarello, PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA (Hahnemann University) Director, Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Certificate in Advanced Practice in Pediatric Rehabilitation Programs. Professor. Pediatric community-based practice; family-centered care; determinants of outcomes; and participation of children with physical disabilities.
Margaret Finley, PT, PhD (University of Maryland). Associate Professor. Upper extremity movement patters in persons with chronic neuromuscular disorders.
Kevin E. Gard, DPT, OCS (Temple University) Vice-Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Director, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Clinical Professor. Orthopedics; sports medicine.
Robert Maschi, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Orthopedics, musculoskeletal disorders, lower extremity biomechanics and movement analysis.
Clare Milner, PhD, FACSM (University of Durham, University of Leeds) Director, Graduate Programs in Health Rehabilitation Sciences. Associate Professor. Biomechanics of lower extremity injury, injury prevention, and rehabilitation; overuse injuries in runners; gait in people with knee pathology.
Lynette Montgomery, PT, PhD (University of Queensland, The Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. Motor Control and rehabilitation after neurological injury, mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovery of locomotion following neurological injury.
Annalisa Na, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS (University of Delaware). Assistant Research Professor. Interactions of multimorbidity diseases on functional outcomes in older adults
Stephen Samendinger, PhD (Michigan State University). Associate Teaching Professor. Psychosocial aspects of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, motivation: group dynamics, identity, physical activity determinants and responses.
Sara Tomaszewski, PT, DPT, OCS (Duke University). Clinical Instructor. Orthopedics and sports physical therapy, injury prevention, and return-to-sport decision making.
Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS (Arcadia University; Temple University) Coordinator, Professional Practice Lab. Assistant Clinical Professor. Health, wellness and fitness, models for preventative physical therapy, dance medicine.
Glenn Williams, PT, PhD, ATC (University of Delaware) Chair, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. Associate Professor. Neuromuscular plasticity after joint injury, orthopaedic-sports rehabilitation, human performance, post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

Emeritus Faculty

Margo Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Drexel University). Associate Professor Emeritus. Walking and running biomechanics and participation in children with developmental disabilities, evaluation of enhancing participation for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA (Boston University). Distinguished Professor. Classification and prognosis for gross motor function in children and youth with cerebral palsy; interventions to improve activity and participation in children with physical disabilities; transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities.
Patricia Rubertone, PT, MPT, MSW, EdD (Widener University) Director of Experiential Learning. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Student learning; course design; judgment of physical therapy student clinic performance by novice vs. experienced clinical instructors.
Susan Smith, PT, PhD (University of Connecticut, Texas Woman's University). Associate Professor and Dean Emerita. Geriatrics: health promotion and interventions for manifestations of low bone mass; assessment of fall risk and fall prevention interventions for older adults
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