Programs by Campus
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Departmental E-mail: jmackinn [at] iupui [dot] edu
Departmental URL: www.shrs.iupui.edu/health_sciences
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin. Requirements may or may not be reflected identically in departmental URLs.)
Master of Science in Health Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Master of Science in Health Sciences
The Master of Science in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary graduate degree designed for health and rehabilitation professionals and educators interested in pursuing advanced education at the master’s level. Graduates of the program will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues, and the problem-solving skills to prepare them to assume leadership roles in practice and educational settings.
The program is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing health and rehabilitation professionals and educators. Courses are offered in a combination of compressed/intensive classroom, online, and distance formats. Most of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the master’s degree can be used to fulfill course requirements for the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work, including a required 6 credit hour project or thesis. The program curriculum consists of three components: (1) health sciences core courses to include preparation for project/thesis (21 credit hours); elective courses (9); and project/thesis (6).
Students accepted into the program must complete university, school, and program admission requirements. The minimum admission requirements are as follows:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (applicant must submit an official copy of all undergraduate transcripts).
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- At least one undergraduate statistics or research methods course completed with a grade of B or better.
- Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional performance.
- 300 to 500 word personal statement of academic and professional goals.
- If applicable, a TOEFL score of at least 600.
No student will be permitted to work toward a degree without first being admitted to the Master of Science program.
Prior Course Work Applied Toward Degree Requirements
A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours earned at Indiana University before admission may be applied toward a degree. Upon the recommendation of the Health Sciences program director and with the approval of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Studies and Research Development Committee, up to 8 credit hours of graduate work at other institutions may be transferred in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. No course may be transferred from another institution unless the course was completed with a grade of B or higher within five years before matriculation in the Master of Science degree program.
An applicant must submit completed application forms to the Office of Academic and Student affairs, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Transcripts from all universities attended must be included. However, if the applicant is a graduate of Indiana University, the school will obtain those transcripts directly. Non–Indiana University graduates must submit at least one official transcript from each university attended. A nonrefundable application fee is required from all applicants who have never attended Indiana University.
A total of 36 credit hours will be required to complete the degree, allocated as follows:
Core/Required Courses (21 credit hours):
- SHRS W510 Trends and Issues in Health Sciences (C Mushi-Brunt) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W520 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences (J Mac Kinnon) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W661 Theories of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (C Mushi-Brunt) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W667 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Services (J Buckner-Brown) or equivalent (3 cr.)
- SHRS W 550 Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World (A Agho) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W 625 Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Services (J Buckner-Brown) (3 cr.)
- NURS R505 Research Methods (or equivalent) (3 cr.)
Electives (9 credit hours) to be determined in consultation with the program director.
- SHRS W540 Patient Centered Outcomes Research (J Mac Kinnon) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W660 Rehabilitation Theories and Application (J Crabtree) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W662 Rehab Services in Health Care Systems and Delivery (K Visovalti-Weaver) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W650 Global Perspectives in Nutrition, Health, Disease, and Disability (J Ernst) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W640 Medical Aspects of Disabilities (A Gupta) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W562 Psychological Aspects of Disabilities (E Voci) (3 cr.)
- SHRS W594 Administration of Health Sciences Education (A Agho) (3 cr.)
Project or thesis (6 credit hours)
- SHRS W599 Thesis(6 cr.) (arranged) OR
- SHRS W600 Project in Health Sciences (6 cr.)
Courses in Health Sciences
SHRS W510 Trends and Issues in the Health Sciences (3 cr.)
SHRS W520 Evidence-Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences (3 cr.)
SHRS W661 Theories of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3 cr.)
SHRS W667 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Services (3 cr.)
SHRS W550 Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World (3 cr.)
SHRS W551 Health and Rehabilitation Professionals in Developing Countries (3 cr.)
SHRS W552 Seminar in Global Rehabilitation and Health (3 cr.)
HRS W560 Survey of Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology (3 cr.)
SHRS W561 Approaches to Rehabilitation Case Management (3 cr.)
SHRS W562 Psychological Aspects of Disability (3 cr.)
SHRS W625 Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Services (3 cr.)
SHRS W640 Medical Aspects of Disabilities (3 cr.)
SHRS W641 Proposal Writing for Community-Based Rehabilitation Programs (3 cr.)
SHRS W642 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Disability (3 cr.)
SHRS W650 Global Perspectives in Nutrition, Health, Disease, and Disability (3 cr.)
SHRS W651 International Service-Learning in Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
To develop scholars who, through their leadership and original research, will contribute to the knowledge base of health and rehabilitation sciences. Graduates will be able to be employed in universities, health care facilities and industries that focus on teaching others and advancing knowledge in health and rehabilitation.
Requirements, in addition to those of the Graduate School, include:
Completion of a post baccalaureate degree in health and rehabilitation sciences or in a related health care discipline, or completion of a baccalaureate degree with professional experience.
Resume or curriculum vitae.
A 300-500 word personal statement of learning objectives, research interest, and leadership potential.
Competitive scores (minimum of 500 recommended) on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the GRE, completed within 5 years before matriculation into the Ph.D. program. Successful completion of a post graduate degree will waive the matriculation time period.
Formal interview with Ph.D. faculty once all materials have been received.
Within one year from acceptance the student must identify a person willing to serve as the research mentor. The mentor must be actively engaged in research, and be able to effectively guide the student in the research process. The mentor does not have to be a faculty member in the SHRS, but must hold IU Graduate Faculty status or equivalent. This person may also serve as chair of the student’s dissertation committee.
A maximum of 30 semester credits may be transferred from the student’s post baccalaureate course work, as approved by the University Graduate School. No course may be transferred from another institution unless the course was completed with a grade of B or higher.
Any exceptions to the admissions policies must be requested in writing to the director of the Ph.D. program.
The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. are 90 credit hours of advanced study, of which 30 semester credits may be transferred from the student’s post-baccalaureate degree study, as approved by the student's advisory committee and the University Graduate School.
The credits for the Ph.D. are distributed in the following categories:
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Core Curriculum (12 credits in required courses)
W660 Rehabilitation Theories and Applications (3 cr.)
W661 Theories of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 cr.)
W662 Rehabilitation Services in Healthcare Systems and Delivery (3 cr.)
W672 Teaching Practicum within area of specialization (3 cr.)
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Concentration (30 credits)
Students will select one of the three areas of concentration identified by the Institute of Medicine. Students must declare an area of concentration and identify appropriate coursework within the SHRS and across campus in consultation with their Advisory Committee. Areas of concentration include:
Pathophysiology and Impairment Research
Functional Limitations/Functional Participation Research
Health Services Research
Research Core (42 credits)
GRAD G505 The Responsible Code of Research (1 cr.)
- GRAD N802 Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 cr.)
NURS W540 Writing for Publication (3 cr.)
SHRS W670 Research Practicum in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (6 cr.)
Statistics and Research Design courses (9 cr.; courses must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee as part of the student’s plan of study)
Dissertation or include proposal (20 cr.)
Electives (6 credits)
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. curriculum, each student will complete 6-12 credits in an external area, and thus satisfy the minor requirement for the Ph.D.; specialized minors may be constructed on a case-by-case basis, if needed for a particular student’s program.
Near, and usually in, the last semester of course work, students will be required to take a comprehensive written qualification examination in health and rehabilitation sciences, prepared by the student’s Advisory Committee. Only students who pass the exam may continue in the program. Students may be able to retake the examination one time if they fail to pass the first time. The retake must occur within six months of the original examination
Courses in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Courses offered in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
SHRS N576 Leadership Development in Pediatric Nutrition (3 cr.)
SHRS W660 Rehabilitation Theories and Application (3 cr.)
SHRS W661 Theories of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 cr.)
SHRS W662 Rehabilitation Services in Health Care Systems and Delivery (3 cr.)
SHRS W670 Research Practicum in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (3-6 cr.)
SHRS W672 Teaching Practicum in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (3 cr.)
- SHRS W680 Independent Study in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (1-4 cr.)
SHRS W690 Dissertation Proposal in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (3-6 cr.)
SHRS W692 Dissertation in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (3-8 cr.)
Courses offered in other IUPUI Schools
GRAD G505 The Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr.)
GRAD N802 Techniques of Effective Grant Writing (3 cr.)
NURS W540 Writing for Publication (3 cr.)