Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate designed to prepare physical therapists for practice in an evolving health care environment. The physical therapist’s expertise in movement and movement dysfunction is unique in health care; therefore, physical therapists’ societal and health care roles and responsibilities have grown to that of an independent practitioner.
The Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University School of Medicine in coordination with the Applied Physiology Program and other departments at Georgia Tech offers a dual degree program that awards a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from the Emory School of Medicine as well as a PhD in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Tech School of Biological Sciences.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a professional doctorate in physical therapy. The DPT-MPH is a dual degree consisting of both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Physical therapy practice has traditionally been seen as rehabilitation or tertiary prevention. In the evolving healthcare environment, physical therapy practice is expanding into primary and secondary prevention activities.