The Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences (PPGCR) is offered jointly by the Department of Physical Therapy and the Department of Occupational Therapy of the School of Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). The Master’s program started in 2002 and the Doctorate in 2006.
Rehabilitation Sciences are interdisciplinary fields of study which aim to improve activity, function, and participation in daily life among individuals who have disabilities or are at risk of developing them, thus promoting health and well-being. The program is aligned to the theoretical framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2001). Throughout its 14 years of operation, the PPGCR has been presenting an excellent performance, particularly in regard to international insertion and increasing productivity rates.
In order to prepare qualified professionals, we have been creating space for interdisciplinary discussions, powered by the 10 groups of research coordinated by the program’s faculty. The mobility of students and researchers from international institutions is particularly encouraged. For research development, we have a multi-user institutional infrastructure, government funding, equipped laboratories, and effective international collaboration. The PPGCR’s professors have great experience preparing masters and doctors and conducting research, with project financing and publications in international journals.
Our curriculum provides a solid foundation in Rehabilitation Sciences and research methods. With the advisor’s mentoring, the student can define a customized academic path. Each 15 class-hour period corresponds to one (1) credit, with 24 credits needed for the Master’s and 36 for the doctorate. To be awarded the degree of Master or Doctor in Rehabilitation Sciences, the student must present the results of his or her research for evaluation by the examining committee.