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Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

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Welcome to the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences (RENS) at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Allied Health Sciences. Programs comprising RENS are Physical Therapy (graduate), Nutritional Sciences (graduate and undergraduate), Athletic Training (undergraduate with proposal in development to transition to graduate), and Health Sciences (undergraduate). A graduate program in Occupational Therapy (MOT) is in the ​candidacy stage of accreditation with and the first class started in May 2018.

Committed to wellness, prevention, injury or illness recovery, functional adaptation, and community participation, our high quality undergraduate and graduate programs share a commitment to improving human performance across the lifespan. With award winning teachers, researchers, and professional leaders; innovative teaching models; collaboration among programs; and a commitment to excellence in student mentorship, our programs provide an interdisciplinary educational experience uniquely suited to preparing healthcare professionals for success in today’s healthcare environment.

If you’ve got a passion for helping others, you’ll be certain to find a program in Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences that is consistent with your career goals.  Perhaps you have a desire to work with athletes to maximize performance through nutrition and exercise. Maybe you envision yourself helping a client with recovery after an injury or with a chronic disease. Do you enjoy working with kids with special needs in the clinic, classroom, or community setting? Maybe you see a future supporting the independence of the elderly, individuals with acute and chronic health conditions, or those with mental health conditions. Does stroke and brain injury rehabilitation interest you? How about orthopedic or industrial rehabilitation? Even if you answered “all of the above” or you’re already a professional looking to upgrade your knowledge, skills, or credentials, you’ll find a Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences program right for you.

Studying in one of UC’s Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences programs means not only pursuing a career in areas frequently cited as among the country’s most in-demand and fulfilling, but doing so in an environment committed to diversity and inclusion, community service, experiential learning, professionalism, and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

We invite you to explore the links on our webpage to learn more about our programs, faculty, and limitless opportunities.


Steve Wheeler and Sarah Couch

Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Department Chair                                             

Sarah Couch, PhD, RD
Professor and Vice Department Chair

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