The new interdisciplinary research-focused doctoral program is designed to prepare students for careers in research, higher education and organizational leadership in the health disciplines including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, health psychology, health science and public health. Students may be practitioners with a clinical or advanced degree, or they may be students who enter immediately after earning a bachelor’s degree.

The new degree program was approved by the UM System Board of Curators in September 2018, and by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education in November. The only program of its kind at a public institution in Missouri, it will enhance the university’s capacity for interdisciplinary research in critical health disciplines. Dr. Stephanie Reid-Arndt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as Founding Director for the new program.

Applications are being accepted through March 1. Information about program application requirements and program faculty can be found online at https://healthprofessions.missouri.edu/phd-in-health-and-rehabilitation-science/. The first cohort of students will be admitted for the Fall 2019 semester.