Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Advance Healthcare with the PhD for Healthcare Professionals.

Limited Residency | 4 Years | Terminal Degree

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Our PhD Program

Hear from students and faculty as you learn more about our program and our “why.”

PhD Program Highlights

Choose a Dissertation Topic of Your Choice

Become an expert in your area of choice. We believe in having a student-centered dissertation process by letting you choose your dissertation topic. We offer an extensive database of potential dissertation committee members, allowing students to receive high-quality mentoring from nationally-known experts in their fields. You’ll have access to more than 150 nationally-known experts as dissertation mentors; if we don’t have an expert in your area, we’ll find one. Prepare and publish scholarly work during the didactic phase of our PhD program.

Move into Academia, Research, or Leadership

Conduct and disseminate ethical, evidence-based research. Make significant scientific contributions as you expand the current body of scientific knowledge. Educate future healthcare providers effectively. Become an ethical leader.

Designed for Practicing Healthcare Professionals

Earn your PhD while you work as a healthcare professional, academician, or researcher. Our program is designed for you, the working healthcare professional. Most of our students are full-time working professionals with very busy schedules. The program is mostly online with five onsite visits during the entirety of the program.

Choose from 9 Concentration Tracks

Our concentration tracks help you be a content expert in your area of specialty. Our multi-track PhD program allows you to interact interprofessionally with other healthcare providers. Learn from the very best professors for each of your specific courses.

Residential Research Assistantship Program

The Residential Research Assistantship offers students a chance to be mentored by a residential faculty and to reside on campus during the dissertation phase of their doctoral program. The option consists of three semesters during which the student will have the opportunity to assist with ongoing research led by residential faculty in a laboratory, field, or community setting. The student’s dissertation emerges from a larger faculty research project, thus fostering research that would be a catalyst for developing a line of inquiry extending beyond the completion of the dissertation.

CONCENTRATION TRACKS

Athletic Training

Athletic trainer with PhD with athlete 

 ATHLETIC TRAINING

Become a researcher, academician, and advanced clinician. Earn your SFMA and FMS Certifications. Take advanced therapeutic intervention courses to learn how to implement evidence-based research in the treatment of athletes and other physically active individuals. Utilize research theory to enhance evidence-based practices, learn advanced teaching strategies, and prepare manuscripts for publication.

SFMA and FMS Certifications:
Students who successfully complete the AT 631 Motor Control Movement Analysis course will be eligible to take the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certification Exam.
Students who successfully complete the AT 652 Extensive Therapeutic Exercise course will be eligible to take the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) Certification Exam.

 

HEALTH PROMOTION & WELLNESS

An individual with a PhD works in a health promotion and wellness role and meets with a client

 Health Promotion and Wellness

Prepare to become a Nationally-Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Research with a multidimensional knowledge of wellness. Become an instructor or professor in health and wellness coaching programs. Expand your study in the areas of behavior change theory; focus on principles of health promotion, nutrition, population health, and ecological issues. Concentrate on coursework in risk factors and risk reduction strategies, motivational coaching and resilience, integrative therapies, healthcare reform, and controversial topics in health promotion. The curriculum also integrates the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches national competencies.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is an approved program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).  After students successfully complete the 3 coaching courses and the required practice sessions students are eligible to sit for the National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) exam. The prerequisites for the exam are as follows:

 

  1. Successfully complete the courses, WE623, WE710, and WE711 including all synchronous hours.
  2. Pass the Coaching Practical Examination at the end of WE711.
  3. Complete all other requirements set forth by the ICHWC, which currently includes completion and documentation of 50 coaching sessions after passing the practical exam in WE711 and paying the application/exam fees.
  4. As ICHWC requirements are subject to change, students should refer to the website, https://ichwc.org/hwc-certifying-examination-application/ for the most updated information.

INTEGRATED HEALTH SCIENCES

Integrated Health Sciences

The limited-residency Integrated Health Sciences concentration track includes a multidisciplinary focus. This track offers the option to explore multiple facets and content knowledge across the health sciences.
The curriculum is designed to provide the student with a multidimensional exploration of health sciences. This includes the fields of Athletic Training, Health & Wellness Promotion, Healthcare Professions Education, Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Human & Sports Performance, Neurologic Rehabilitation, and Pediatric Science. This track will prepare students to conduct creative scholarly inquiry advancing the body of knowledge in an interdisciplinary sense.

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS EDUCATION

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Healthcare Professions Education

Prepare to be an academician and researcher. Contribute to scholarship as a teacher and leader in healthcare professions education. Focus on adult learning theory, including practical applications for the development of healthcare education students. Learn in an interactive environment focused on designing and assessing learning. Take courses in instructional theory, design and delivery, and assessment of learning. Develop an understanding of experiential and interprofessional education content, education technology, and curriculum development focused on healthcare professions.

HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

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Healthcare Leadership & Administration

Move into healthcare leadership or administration. Function as an administrator, researcher, or scholar in a healthcare setting, including public and private settings or higher education. As healthcare continues to transform and demand fiscally responsible outcomes, we educate students in strategic change management, healthcare delivery science, and organizational change. Learn research theory to enhance evidence-based practice, health systems, communication, and healthcare law and ethics.

ORTHOPEDIC SPORTS SCIENCE

Healthcare professional in an orthopedic setting

Orthopedic Sports Science

The Orthopedic Sports Science track prepares scientific scholars and stewards of the discipline who can function as advanced clinicians, researchers, and/or academicians.
The curriculum focuses on higher-order critical thinking towards differential diagnosis as problem identification and clarification. Students will develop higher-order thinking skills through conceptualization, analysis, evaluation involving ordered levels of logic containing productive thinking and reasoning. The exploration of developing higher-order thinking is the core of the program involving abductive inference to identify the cause of observed effects (such as signs and symptoms) of orthopedic and sports conditions. Evidence-based practice, quantitative and qualitative research, biostatistics, epidemiology, survey mixed methods research, and professional writing courses provide the core foundation to prepare scholars for the discipline.
The program is designed to enable students to continue professional work obligations during the didactic portion of the program while completing 12 semesters, consisting of online and blended course work.

HUMAN & SPORT PERFORMANCE

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Human & Sport Performance

Become a researcher, educator, and scholar, or leader in human and sport performance. Specialize further in exercise science, health, and sport or occupational performance. Train in applied sport science, human performance evaluation, strength and conditioning methods, training program design for various populations, the use of advanced coaching theories and strategies, advanced nutrition, and the development and use of technology in various areas of sport and occupational performance.

 

NEUROLOGIC REHABILITATION

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Neurologic Rehabilitation

Advance clinical practice and research in neurologic rehabilitation. Move into academia and teach in post-professional programs. Serve the worldwide growing aging population. Focus on evidence-based practice, rehabilitation systems physiology, applied neuroscience/neurophysiology, motor control and learning, clinical technology, and advanced neurologic interventions. Concentrate on predicting movement systems diagnosis, prevention, plasticity, and participation.

PEDIATRIC SCIENCE

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Pediatric Science

Develop and conduct research related to children or families. Teach in academic and clinical settings. Expand your expertise and contribute professionally. Focus on the development of pediatric-specific research, teaching, leadership, and scientific writing. Coursework options include a research practicum and specialty courses involving evidence-based therapeutic approaches from infancy through adolescence.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to help you advance your career as a researcher, scholar, academician, or leader within your area of studies in healthcare.

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Concentration Tracks

Choose to concentrate in your specialty area of choice. Become a content expert within Athletic Training, Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Healthcare Professions Education, Health Promotion & Wellness, Human & Sport Performance, Neurologic Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Sports Science, or Pediatric Science.

Research Courses

Become a researcher and scholar. Research with confidence and help advance scientific knowledge. Take courses in survey mixed methods research, biostatistics, qualitative research, and single-subject design.

Writing for Publication

Write for publication. Write your dissertation in your specialty of choice. Learn how to write for proposals, grants, and scientific, and professional writing.

Evidence-Based Practice

Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. You’ll learn research design, epidemiology, biostatistics, how to evaluate and apply medical literature, and more. Become an evidence-based healthcare professional.

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline:  June 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline:  August 2, 2021
Semester Start: August 30, 2021

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline:  February 28, 2022
Final Application Deadline:  April 4, 2022
Semester Start: May 2, 2022

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s or professional practice degree beyond a bachelor’s from a regionally-accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA on all work completed during the master’s or professional practice degree (e.g., DPT, PA)
  • Successful completion, with a grade of B- or better, of at least one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the master’s or higher level
  • Minimum of 1 year in clinical practice (preferred)

Faculty

Jennifer Austin

Jennifer Austin

PhD, LAT, ATC, GTS

Program Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences Program

Jane H. Ewoniuk

Jane H. Ewoniuk

DSc, MOT, OTR/L, NBC-HWC

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences Program

Malissa Martin

Malissa Martin

EdD, ATC/L

Vice Provost For Post-professional Programs & Athletic Training Concentration Track Director

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

PhD, EdD, ATC, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F, FNATA

Concentration Track Director for Human & Sport Performance

Kelly Simmons

Kelly Simmons

DNP, RN

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn

PhD, NBC-HWC, FIOC

Concentration Track Director for Health Promotion & Wellness

Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson

PT, EdD, MS, NCS

Concentration Track Director for Neurologic Rehabilitation

Trever J. Ball

Trever J. Ball

PhD, MPH, MS

Adjunct Professor, PhD in Health Science, DMSc in Medical Science, SLPD in Speech-Language Pathology

Theresa Bartolotta

Theresa Bartolotta

PhD, CCC-SLP

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Lori Thein Brody

Lori Thein Brody

PT, PhD, SCS, LAT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy & Master of Science in Health Sciences

Jason Brumitt

Jason Brumitt

PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Thomas Cappaert

Thomas Cappaert

PhD, ATC, CSCS

Senior Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences Program / Associate Director of University Research

Michelle L. Webb

Michelle L. Webb

EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Faculty, PhD in Health Sciences

Kelly Wollman

Kelly Wollman

PhD, MS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Darcy Hammer

Darcy Hammer

Senior Instructor, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jane E. Sullivan

Jane E. Sullivan

PT, DHS, MS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Andrew Doyle

PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Astym-Cert.

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Leamor Kahanov

EdD, ATC, LAT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jennifer M Medina McKeon

PhD, ATC, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Roberto López-Rosado

Roberto López-Rosado

DPT, MSPT, MA

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Kyle Matsel

PhD, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Theresa Miyashita

PhD, ATC

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Kathryn B. Schwartzkopf-Phifer

PhD, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Mark Abel

PhD, CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Jay Dawes

Jay Dawes

PhD, CSCS, *D, NSCA-CPT*, TSAC-F, ACSM-CES

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Chad Kerksick

Chad Kerksick

PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Bryan Mann

PhD, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Robert Pettitt

Robert Pettitt

PhD, FACSM, ATC, CSCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Brad Schoenfeld

Brad Schoenfeld

PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Brittany Barhite

Brittany Barhite

EdD

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Debra Zevallos

MAS, FACHE

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas

Teresa (Teddy) E. Araas

PhD, C-IAYT, CHES, E-RYT500, CYT700, RPYT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Bart Hanson

PT, DSc, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Heather David

PT, EdD, MPT, NCS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Locke Ettinger

Locke Ettinger

PhD, PT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Scott Heinerichs

Scott Heinerichs

EdD, LAT

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Beth Kinslow

Beth Kinslow

MS, LAT

Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate

Jane K. Sweeney

Jane K. Sweeney

PT, PhD, PCS, FAPTA

Concentration Track Director of Pediatric Science

Jan Reese

Jan Reese

MS-ITLS

Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Mary P. Shotwell

Mary P. Shotwell

PhD, OT/L, FAOTA

Sara Nottingham

Sara Nottingham

EdD, LAT, ATC

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

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