Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD Engineering Dual Degree

The Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences in coordination with the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering/Computer Science offer a unique dual degree program that awards graduates a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the Feinberg School of Medicine as well as a PhD from the McCormick School of Engineering and The Graduate School.  This dual degree program marries two disciplines for one clear benefit: improved rehabilitation therapies and technologies for patients with movement disorders.

Graduates from the DPT/PhD Engineering program are expected to become new leaders in engineering, rehabilitation sciences, physical therapy and in device development for the study and restoration of human function both in the academic, governmental, healthcare and industry environments.  Their scientific and engineering contributions will be relevant to physical therapist patient care carrying a significant impact on rehabilitation related healthcare costs.