The MSHS Rehabilitative Science track is suited for individuals who have a desire to advance their health science knowledge, with a focus on evidence-based approaches to athletic training, physical therapies, injury prevention and recognition, and other areas of healthcare. The Rehabilitative Science track prepares researchers, educators, and leaders in the area of rehabilitation science to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy.
The Rehabilitation Science master’s curriculum is designed to increase the student’s ability to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision-making, and the central element of the program is the completion of a capstone project or thesis that incorporates best practice, research, and knowledge in the area of rehabilitative science. Evidence-based concepts in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, sports injury prevention, diagnosis, and management provide a complimentary foundation.
There are two options to complete the Rehabilitation Science master’s degree program: a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The capstone project is scheduled to be completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis is completed onsite.