University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

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University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Type Public
Established 1969
Dean Anthony Delitto
Academic staff
Undergraduates 476
Postgraduates 705
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Campus Oakland (Main)
U-PARC (Physician Assistant)
Website [1]
Forbes Tower, one of several buildings on Pitt Campus related to the School

The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (or SHRS) is one of the schools of the University of Pittsburgh, one of six dedicated to Health Sciences.[1] The School has its own publication, FACETS, which is published 2 times a year.[2]


The school was founded in 1969 as the School of Health Related Professions.[3] By 1971, the school had 23 full-time faculty members and had graduated 31 students with bachelor's degrees, 10 with master's degrees and 18 with post-baccalaureate certificates. Focused from its creation on entry-level professional education, the school began to focus more on research and advanced graduate school after 1989, under the guidance of then senior vice chancellor for health sciences Thomas Detre.[4] The name of the school was changed in 1991 after Clifford E. Brubaker became Dean, at which time it was expanded with new programs and departments.[3] In 2009-2010, the faculty had grown to over 100, with over 1,100 enrolled students.[5]


SHRS offers undergraduate programs in: Athletic Training, Communication Science, Emergency Medicine, Health Information Management, Nutrition & Dietetics, and Rehabilitation Science. Graduate programs include: Audiology (MA/MS, AuD)/Speech-Language Pathology (MA/MS, CScD), Communication Science & Disorders (PhD), Health Information Systems (MS), Health Care Supervision & Management (MS), Nutrition & Dietetics (MS), Occupational Therapy (MOT, MS), Physical Therapy (DPT, MS), Physician Assistant Studies (MS), Prosthetics & Orthotics (MS), Rehabilitation Counseling (MS), Rehabilitation Science & Technology (MS), Rehabilitation Science (PhD), Sports Medicine (MS), and Wellness & Human Performance (MS).

According to the most current rankings, the U.S. News & World Report listed the school as among the "top graduate programs to prepare...for a successful career" in the United States in the field of Physical Therapy, where it ranked tied for first in the nation. The school also ranked sixth in Occupational Therapy,[6] eighth in Speech-Language Pathology,[7] and in Audiology.[8] The school's athletic training program was also ranked fifth in the nation according to a 2003 study of undergraduate athletic training education.[9]


SHRS faculty and students are active in basic, translational and clinical research. In 2009, SHRS received more than $13.5 million in external research funding from government and private sources.[10] Areas of inquiry include: the measurement and study of motion; balance disorders; human performance; hearing disorders; speech, language and cognitive disorders; neuropsychological parameters; telerehabilitation; wheelchair performance and design; and data mining. SHRS research typically involves faculty from multiple departments, schools, as well as other institutions.[11]

SHRS includes four National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs): Wheelchair Transportation Safety, Telerehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, and Wheeled Mobility.[12] Some particularly important interdisciplinary collaborations include: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM)[2], Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Nursing, Center for Sports Medicine, Neurology, Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Otolaryngology, and several departments of Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering. Collaborations also exist with schools and programs of Carnegie Mellon University including engineering, computer science, design, psychology and robotics. SHRS also has a joint project with the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.[13]

SHRS is developing resources for computational modeling for clinical research. It is working with specialist in regenerative medicine to merge rehabilitation and regeneration to create a new research paradigm for ‘regenerative rehabilitation.’ Similarly, the SHRS RST department cooperates with Medical Robotics of CMU on a project in Quality of Life Technology for self-determination for older and disabled adults.

Clinical collaborations include several programs of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (e.g., Center for Assistive Technology, Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Centers for Rehabilitation Services, Center for Sports Medicine, Comprehensive Spine Center, Facial Nerve Center).

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  1. ^ "Pitt School Of Health And Rehab Sciences Announces New Master's Program In Prosthetics And Orthotics". Medical News Today. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Facets". Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Turns 35". McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Brignano, Mary (1 September 2009). Beyond the Bounds: A History of UPMC. Dorrance Publishing. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-4349-0283-2. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  5. ^ University Fact Book 2010 (PDF). University of Pittsburgh. 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Best Graduate Schools: Occupational Therapy". U.S. News & World Report. 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Best Graduate Schools: Speech-Language Pathology". U.S. News & World Report. 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Best Graduate Schools: Audiology". U.S. News & World Report. 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  9. ^ Dore', Toby L.; Drummond, Jan; Johnson, J.T. (January 2003), A Quality Ranking of Accredited Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Programs (PDF), Honolulu, Hawaii: Hawaii International Conference on Education, retrieved 2010-10-07 
  10. ^ Brubaker, Cliff E. (Spring–Summer 2010). "From the Dean". FACETS. School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh: 1. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  11. ^ Oram, Fern A.f, ed. (2005). Peterson's graduate programs in business, education, health, information studies, law & social work, 2005. Peterson's. p. 1639. ISBN 978-0-7689-1393-4. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "RERC's at the University of Pittsburgh". University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  13. ^ " Introduction, Abstract & Partner Universities". Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

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