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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program educates students in the detection, prevention, diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders. The program focuses on cutting-edge research, active learning, expert mentoring, and spirited engagement in service activities, so that students are prepared to design and deliver effective, culturally-sensitive, evidenced-based clinical services in audiology.
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The Ph.D. in Biostatistics prepares students to conduct independent research in the development of new biostatistical methodology; engage in successful collaborations with investigators in new quantitative fields; write statistical methodology papers and collaborative papers for peer-reviewed journals; and compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal and state agencies or private institutions.

Clinical psychology
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology allows students to develop broad competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision, and ensures the acquisition of research skills and training in scientific methods and technologies to better understand behavior problems, psychopathology and psychological adjustment to illness and wellness, and to develop empirically validated assessment and treatment procedures.

The Ph.D. in Epidemiology prepares students to apply epidemiological methods to address critical and/or emerging public health and clinical research issues; assimilate the history, philosophy, and ethical principles of epidemiology into current research; develop grant proposals and manage research projects; write scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals and communicate results; and compete successfully for research and teaching positions in academic institutions, federal or state agencies, or private institutions.

Occupational therapy
The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is an entry-level professional degree program that prepares students to become leaders in the rapidly changing and dynamic contemporary health and human services delivery systems. The program facilitate students’ clinical knowledge and skills, professional development, leadership and advocacy skills, and advanced knowledge base to inform high-quality, evidence-informed practice in occupational therapy.

Public Health
The Ph.D. program in public health offers four concentration areas:

  • Environmental health
    The environmental health concentration prepares students for the rigors of independent scientific investigation and leadership to engage in environmental and public health research focusing on contaminant stress and exposure outcomes.
  • Health services research
    The health services research concentration prepares individuals to help inform government officials, corporate leaders, clinicians, health plan managers and others making choices about complex health-related problems and issues. Students learn to apply research methods and scientific knowledge to the study of health services organizations and systems.
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  • One Health
    The One Health concentration is a research-oriented degree that emphasizes working across public health, veterinary health and environmental health disciplines to tackle difficult health problems. This program is designed to bridge the gap between various areas of animal, plant and human health to improve the well-being of all species.
  • Social and behavioral sciences
    The social and behavioral science concentration emphasizes the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems. The program is focused upon the assumption that health and health behavior are impacted by multiple psychological, behavioral, social and cultural factors. These factors must be understood at multiple social-ecological levels in order to address health problems and eliminate health disparities.

Physical therapy
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) provides the required education necessary for graduates to take the professional license examination and embark on a professional career in physical therapy. The program embodies a strong foundational background in the biological, kinesiological and behavioral sciences, the incorporation of principles of logical and scientific reasoning and the philosophy that the practice of physical therapy is empowered by the collaborative efforts of the team.

Rehabilitation science
Life-saving medical interventions are extending the lives of Americans and as a result, there is a dramatically increased demand for new therapies to assist individuals as they recover, adjust and adapt to health changes. The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science addresses this need by providing an ideal training environment for tomorrow’s junior researchers and faculty members in the rehabilitation sciences. The program offers two concentrations:

  • Neuromuscular plasticity
    This track is designed to encompass the spectrum ranging from genes and molecules to biomechanics, providing students with a common background relative to movement science with an emphasis on application to rehabilitation.
  • Communication and swallowing sciences and disorders
    In this track, students may focus on the mechanisms and rehabilitation of swallowing and the upper aerodigestive tract, and/or speech, language and hearing sciences and disorders.