The curriculum consists of 78 credits requiring a minimum of four years of full-time effort. Although the direction of the students’ research will be highly individualized, all students must complete 21 credits of core courses, 27 credits of concentration courses (of which 12 are required), and 30 credits of dissertation research. In addition, there will be a no-credit doctoral seminar every semester for discussion and advancement of doctoral projects by professor and peers.

Core Course Requirements:
HAX 600 Doctoral Seminar
HAX 602: Frameworks, Models and Classification Systems in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
HAX 653: Research Design and Methods
SOC 501: Multivariate Stats for Social Science
SOC 502: Multivariate Regression Techniques
HAX 656: Qualitative Research
HAX 605: Research Ethics
HAX 632: Teaching and Learning

Concentration-Specific Requirements

Behavioral and Community Health Concentration Required Courses
HAX 647: Health Care Systems/Policy Analysis
HAX 640: Community Health and Community Based Participatory Research
HAX 642: Participation and Health in Pediatric and Educational Settings
HAX 641: Community Mental Health

Disability Studies Concentration Required Courses
HAX 667/EGL 592 Disability Studies Language, Narrative and Rhetoric
HAX 668 Emerging Topics in Disability Studies
HAX 665 Disability Participation and Justice
HAX 664 Conceptual Foundations of Disability Studies

Rehabilitation and Movement Science Concentration Required Courses
HAX 620 Rehabilitation and Disability.
HAX 635 Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System and Movement I
HAX 631: Electro/Neurophysiology: Topics for Rehabilitation Research
HAX 634 Motor Learning and Motor Control

Other Requirements:
All students are to be enrolled as full time students (12 credits/semester for year 1 and 9 credits/semester for subsequent years)
All courses taken outside the department for application toe the Ph.D. degree requirement are subject to approval of the student's advisor and the graduate program director. The advisor may pose additional course requirements.
A maximum of 6 graduate credits from other programs, including those of other institutions, may be transferred toward the Ph.D. degree. Credits used to obtain any prior degrees are not eligible for transfer. Requests of credits must be approved by the graduate program director. Each student is required to complete a teaching practicum before graduation. Planning for this requirement is to be made with the student's primary advisor/mentor. Students who are currently educators or have experience teaching in their field of study may have the teaching practicum waived, which must be approved by the graduate program director.

Written Qualifying Examination
The written qualifying exams are offered every year after completion of the first 2 academic years, usually in the summer before the 3rd year. The written qualifying exam consists of 2 parts, Part 1 covers the required core courses and Part II consists of the required concentration course for each students' concentration. Upon passing the qualifying exams the Ph.D. student advances to candidacy.

Students chose their dissertation topics in consultation with his/her advisors as soon as possible. Dissertation research is a training experience for the candidate who, under the supervision of the primary advisor/mentor, carries out independent original work of significance. The student, in collaboration with his/her advisor must select a dissertation examining committee as soon as possible after the qualifying exams. The committee must include a Chair who must be within the department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and a minimum of 3 other members of whom one is typically the primary advisor/mentor, and the remaining members are from within and outside Stony Brook University. The committee must be approved by the graduate program director upon the recommendation of the primary advisor. The dissertation examining committee provides a means of exposing the candidate to ideas, methodologies, and helps guide the research process. Each year the committee meets to review the progress of the student.

Dissertation Proposal
The student is required to submit a written dissertation proposal and present it an oral examination conducted by the dissertation examining committee. The written dissertation proposal must be distributed to the committee members at least 2 weeks before the oral examination. This examination probes the student's ability and examines progress and direction, methodology and feasibility, which can be based on pilot data. The student will be examined based on knowledge and background on the topic, the aims/hypotheses or research questions, the methodology and any preliminary data.

Dissertation Defense
At the completion of the dissertation, approval of the dissertation involves a formal oral defense which is open to all interested members of the University community. The candidate must fill out a doctoral dissertation defense form (available on the graduate school webpage) and must include the dissertation abstract and all relevant information. The form should be submitted to the graduate program director at least 4 weeks before the defense. This form is then submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School who is responsible for advertising the event to the University community. Copies of the dissertation are distributed at least 2 weeks before the defense date. One copy is kept in the department for examination by the faculty. The final approval of the dissertation must be a majority vote by the dissertation examining committee.