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The School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University offers an MSc degree in Physiotherapy. The research activities of faculty members include studies in
musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular areas, as well as in health promotion, aging, pain, and ergonomics in the electronic workplace. The re-
search degree program in the School of Physiotherapy accommodates a wide range of research interests in the study of physical function in health and
disability, and has fully equipped laboratories for research in human movement analysis, muscle mechanics, exercise testing, psychophysical assessment,
and health promotion. This research environment is also supported through faculty cross-appointments and collaborations with other departments and
clinical associations resulting in a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Thesis (2 Credits) Fenety, A., Assistant Professor.

The program is designed to provide The student undertakes a research pro- Teaching area: Orthopedics. Research
physiotherapists and those in related ject and defends the thesis under the area: Ergonomics in the electronic
fields with advanced education and guidance of a faculty member and advi- workplace, sitting comfort, knee stabil-
research training in the rehabilitation sory committee. Students are encour- ity, and work-related musculoskeletal
sciences. The specific objectives of the aged to present their findings at national disorders.
course of study for graduate students or international scientific meetings.
Harman, K., Associate Professor.
are: Teaching area: Musculoskeletal with a
y pursue an in-depth study of specialty focus on Pain. Research area: Work-
It is expected that students will complete
areas in physiotherapy related musculoskeletal disorders, pain
the coursework in the first year of study;
y synthesize relevant knowledge to & professional development.
an additional year is expected for com-
identify and define a question of sig-
pletion of the thesis requirement. Stu- Kozey, C., Professor. Teaching area:
nificance in the field of physiotherapy
dents are normally expected to be on- Kinesiology, Biomechanics,
y develop the necessary skills to suc- campus, but may be given permission to
cessfully design, conduct and interpret Instrumentation, Electromyography.
take classes or complete research else- Research area: Skeletal muscle
a series of studies which provide where.
answers relevant to physiotherapy electrophysiology and dynamic stability
y develop skills necessary to disseminate FACULTY associated with low back pain and
new knowledge via scientific publica- Curwin, S., Associate Professor. osteoarthritis.
tions, presentations, and teaching Teaching area: movement science, MacKay-Lyons, M., Associate
biomechanics, musculoskeletal. Professor. Teaching area: Neurologic
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS Research area: injury prevention, chronic Rehabilitation. Research area: Neu-
The MSc Student will be required to tendon injuries, health status joint rologic rehabilitation.
complete 5 credits from coursework and replacement patients.
completion of a thesis. Rennie, S., Associate Professor and
Dechman, G., Assistant Professor. Director, School of Physiotherapy.
Coursework (3 Credits) Teaching area: Exercise physiology, Teaching area: Electrophysical agents.
Students will complete three required Cardiorespiratory care and Research Research area: Electrophysical agents,
half-credit courses in Research Design methods. Research area: Using exercise learning styles
and Biostatistics, Instrumentation and to improve function in people with
Measurement in Physiotherapy Research cardiopulmonary and chronic disease, Turnbull, G., Professor. Director of the
and a Foundations Seminar. The re- development of performance-based, Maritime Parkinson Clinic. Teaching
maining three half credit courses can be functional outcome measures. area: Neurology. Research area: Gait,
selected from courses both within and balance, and physical management of
Earl, M., Assistant Professor. Teaching Parkinson’s disease
outside the School to be determined by
area: Geriatrics, Rheumatology, and
the student’s supervisory committee and
Amputations. Research area: Balance,
approved by the Graduate Program
sensory-motor control of posture &
movement, aging, and therapeutic

Revised September 2008

Faculty of Graduate Studies Website:
Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Applicants who wish to be considered
degree from a university of recognized for scholarships are strongly urged to
standing with honours or the equivalent have their applications completed by:
of honours standing (B average) as
granted by Dalhousie University, in their ‚ January 1 for University Scholarships
undergraduate program and a B average ‚ March 1 for School of Physiotherapy
or higher in each of 4 undergraduate Scholarships
Physiotherapy-related courses taken at
the university level in the area they wish A limited amount of money is available
to specialize. from the School of Physiotherapy and
this will be distributed on a competitive
APPLICATION basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek
Applicants must: external funding. Further information
a) complete the application form for for sources of funding may be obtained
admission to the Faculty of Gradu- from the Graduate Studies office.
ate Studies
b) complete the School of Physiother- In order to qualify for scholarship con-
apy Research Interest form sideration a student is expected to hold a
c) meet the English language compe- first-class honours degree in an appro-
tency requirements as outlined by priate field and to enter a full-time
The Faculty of Graduate Studies graduate program.
d) include two academic references. A
work reference from someone who INQUIRIES
may comment objectively on your Graduate Program Coordinator
goals may be included in addition to School of Physiotherapy
the two required academic refer- Dalhousie University
ences. Halifax, NS
Canada, B3H 3J5
In addition applicants are strongly ad-
vised to: Tel: (902) 494-1947
a) include a copy of a recent paper au- Fax: (902) 494-1941
thored in the area in which the ap- E-Mail:
plicant is planning to pursue studies
(if available)
b) submit a recent GRE score (if avail-