Advance Rehabilitation Outcomes Through Research with a PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Science

  Online: Low Residency at Azusa (main campus)

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 PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD-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.

Prepare to Influence Healthcare Careers

Learn more about how graduates of the doctoral program in rehabilitation and movement science are equipped to make a positive difference in a variety of healthcare fields through education and research.

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 while cultivating sophisticated research techniques.

Low-Residency Format

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

Research with Faculty

Faculty in the PhD 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 understanding of and access to research instruments such as motion capture, force plates, pain measurement tools, and more. Conduct original research in a variety of settings, and be prepared for a career in academia.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.


WSCUC (formerly WASC)
Note: This program is not accredited by CAPTE.