University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Infobox University
name = University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


image_size =150
established = 1969
type = Public
head_label = Dean
head = Clifford E. Brubaker
city = Pittsburgh
state = Pennsylvania
country = USA
campus = Oakland (Main)
undergrad = 405
postgrad = 582
faculty = 97
free_label =
free =
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homepage = [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/cms/]
The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (or SHRS) is one of the schools of University of Pittsburgh. It was founded in 1969 as School of Health Related Professions. The School's current dean is Clifford E. Brubaker.

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences had 881 students enrolled in 2006, and conducts programs granting Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Professional Bachelor, Master and Clinical Doctoral degrees and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

It has the following departments and programs:
*Communication Science and Disorders (CSD) (specializing in speech-language pathology and audiology) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/csd/index.html]
*Health Information Management (HIM) (health information management, health information systems, health supervision, and health management) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/him/index.html]
*Occupational Therapy (OT) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/ot/index.html]
*Physical Therapy (PT) (rehabilitation science) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/physicaltherapy/index.html]
*Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) (assistive technology, rehabilitation technology, rehabilitation counseling, emergency medicine, disability studies) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/rst/index.html]
*Sports Medicine and Nutrition (SMN) (dietetics, nutrition, athletic training, sports medicine) [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/cdn/index.html] Interdisciplinary collaboration is pervasive across SHRS departments, with most departments composed of faculty from two or more disciplines. [http://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/schools/ID1206/?link_ipcity=y#toc_4]

SHRS faculty and students are active in basic, translational and clinical research and receive $8 - $10 million annually in research awards from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Veterans Administration, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the United States Department of Defense, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the United States Department of Commerce, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and foundations.

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 and also other institutions. SHRS currently has two NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). Some particularly important interdisciplinary collaborations include: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM) [http://www.mirm.pitt.edu/] , 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 the School of Engineering from Pitt; and several 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.

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 is engaged with Medical Robotics of CMU to establish a new area of study and enterprise in Quality of Life Technology for self-determination for older adults and people with disabilities.

Clinical collaborations include several programs of the UPMC Health System (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).

Educational programs include first professional training in OT, PT, Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, HIM, Rehabilitation Counseling, EM, Athletic Training, Dietetics; undergraduate majors in Rehabilitation Science and Communication Science with opportunity to pursue the BPhil in the University Honors College; post professional training (all areas); and terminal research (PhD) degrees in Rehabilitation Science and Communication Science.

The School has its own publications, 'Facets'. [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/facets/index.htm]

See also

* University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
* University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

External links

* [http://www.shrs.pitt.edu Website]


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