Advance Rehabilitation Outcomes Through Research with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science

The future of health care is changing, requiring leaders trained in gathering scientific evidence to improve health and rehabilitation outcomes through research and education. Azusa Pacific’s Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program is designed for professionals who desire to lead these important advancements in allied health. Complete the majority of the Ph.D. online, benefiting from a flexible format in this hybrid program—the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Through rigorous coursework combined with relevant research opportunities, you will graduate equipped to advance education and research in rehabilitation and movement science.

Nearly half of the top 30 fastest growing fields are in the allied health professions, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. As a result, a high demand exists for Ph.D.-trained faculty who can generate research, translate findings into clinical practice, and pass this information on to students and clinicians. APU’s rehabilitation and movement science doctoral program prepares you to help meet this need.

Throughout the program, faculty integrate a focus on healthcare ethics from a Christian perspective as you advance research in the field. Working together, you will develop and adapt to innovations in rehabilitation by examining the underlying principles, structure, and function of healthcare service while cultivating sophisticated research techniques.

Choose Your Area of Focus

Customize your program to align with your specific goals and interests by choosing a subspecialty:

  • Acute Care
  • Movement Science
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Performing Arts
  • Pain Science

Low-Residency Format

The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program is designed to support working professionals. Complete the majority of the Ph.D. online, and participate in two, one-week sessions on campus per year. Learn more about the program format.

Research with Faculty

Faculty in the Ph.D. program are accomplished professionals and researchers who bring extensive experience in the field. During the program, you will be assigned a faculty mentor who will support and guide you in your studies. With experience in areas such as the management of musculoskeletal disorders, pain, cardiovascular disorders, and mental health disorders, APU’s faculty lend their expertise as you build on their knowledge.

Gain access to available research instruments on APU’s campus to support your projects, including a spirometer, walking test tools, treadmills, pain measurement tools, and more. Opportunities to conduct first-hand research in hospital settings and retirement homes, and to connect with industry professionals further enhance your experience.

Note: This information is current for the 2018-19 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.