ScD ENACT Sample Curriculum

Enhancing Activity and Participation among People with Arthritis (ENACT)

The ENACT rehabilitation science training program aims to develop a strong cadre of rehabilitation scientists with a focus on rheumatology. Theoretical foundations of disablement and enablement (e.g., biomedical, environmental and behavioral elements of activity and participation) form the basis of intervention, epidemiology, and clinical outcome research. Faculty research focuses on work disability, physical activity, physical activity promotion, health promotion, and rheumatology/aging clinical outcomes and epidemiology. The ENACT training program includes a structured mentorship in clinical research and disablement and is supported by a Rehabilitation Research and Training (RRTC) grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation (NIDRR).

Prerequisites

A clinical degree and expertise in rehabilitation is preferred. A graduate degree (e.g., MSPT, DPT, MSOT, OTD, MPH, MBA or equivalent) is desirable, but not required. Matriculated fellows without a graduate degree take a minimum of 64 credits and may not be fully supported by funding from the University throughout the full degree program. Requirements of statistics and epidemiology may be waived pending review of course content, student performance, and approval of ENACT and The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Science faculty.

Coursework

For fellows with a graduate degree, a minimum of 43 credits are required.* The specific curriculum is individualized with student needs and interests, but generally all students complete the common core coursework required of all students in the ScD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences as well as the required track courses and electives.

Core courses (25 credits):

  • SAR RS 650 Philosophy of Science (2)
  • SAR RS 890 Doctoral Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences (2 cr/sem @ 4 semesters)
  • CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods II (4) (can be waived if taken previously)
  • CAS MA 684 Multivariate Statistics (4) OR Biostat 703 (4)
  • SAR RS 750 Research Design (4)
  • SAR RS 790 Teaching Skills (2)
  • RS 920 Comprehensive Examination (1 credit)
  • RS930 Dissertation Proposal (1 credit)
  • RS940 Dissertation Thesis (3 credits)

Required track courses (10 credits)**

  • SPH EP 712 Epidemiology Methods OR SPH EP 711 Introduction to Epidemiology Methods (4)
  • SPH EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology (4) or Clinical Trials Research
  • SAR RS Seminar Special Topics: Disablement, Enablement and Participation: Conceptual Frameworks (1 credit)
  • SAR RS Seminar Special Topics: Activity and Participation Measurement Considerations (1 credit)
  • ** May substitute other research methods courses for epidemiology courses

Minimum of 8 elective credits should be taken. More electives may be needed depending on prior completed coursework.

Sample Electives

  • Applied Epidemiology of Aging
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Health, Illness and Health Service Utilization
  • Survey Research
  • Clinical Trials
  • Meta-analyses
  • Advanced Human Movement
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • ENACT Readings Seminar

ENACT Seminar Series

Attendance at ENACT seminars (2x/month) and weekly team research meetings of the Boston University Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit (rheumatology clinical epidemiology) the Boston University Health and Disability Research Institutes is required. This seminar series is highly interdisciplinary and will provide an excellent mechanism by which fellows receive critical yet helpful input on their areas of scholarship.

Sample Curriculum* (47 credits)
Fall Year 1—12 credits Spring Year 1—11
Philosophy of Science (2) SAR RS Research Methods (4)
CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods II (4) SAR Disablement Seminar (1)
Elective (4 credits) CAS MA 684 Multivariate Statistics (4)
Rehabilitation Science Doc Seminar (2) Rehabilitation Science Doc Seminar (2)
Fall Year 2—11 credits Spring Year 2—9 credits
Activity & Participation Measurement (1 credits) Teaching Skills (2)
Rehabilitation Science Doc Seminar (2 credits) Rehabilitation Science Doc Seminar (2 credits)
Epidemiology Methods (4) Epidemiology Methods (4) or other methods class
Elective (4 credits) RS 920 Comprehensive Examination (1 credit)
Fall Year 3-1 credit Spring Year 3-1 credit
RS930 Dissertation Proposal (1 credit) RS940 Dissertation Thesis (1 credit)
Fall Year 4-1 credit Spring Year 4-1 credit
RS930 Dissertation Proposal (1 credit) RS940 Dissertation Thesis (1 credit)

*Subject to Change