Health Science DHSc

Major: Health Science
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1042; 21-1091

About the Program

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) program is designed to be an advanced doctoral degree program open to health professionals seeking leadership roles in their respective professions. The aim of the program is to prepare health professionals to be leaders in healthcare by acquiring skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams, and advocates for best practice.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Doctor of Health Science program will be prepared to:

  • Assume leadership positions in professional, academic, clinical and/or community organizations.
  • Educate students and practitioners in health sciences in academic, clinical, and community settings.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, communities, and professionals in health and other fields, to advance inter-professional practice, education, and research.
  • Contribute to and disseminate scholarship for transfer of knowledge in the health sciences to promote excellence and best practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a master's or clinical doctoral professional degree in a health profession.

Applicants must have a current, active US or Canadian license to practice their discipline. Additional materials/qualifications may be required depending upon the admitting department. Applicants would complete a standard graduate application including submission of the following:

  • Copy of professional license (if applicable)
  • College/university transcripts with minimal overall GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors, or mentors
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal statement* reflecting
    • Career goals
    • How this program will enable you to contribute to the profession and society
    • Topic of scholarship interest
      • Applicants must review the list of faculty mentors and reach out to possible mentors to discuss their topic of interest to determine if there is a 'fit' between applicant and mentor.
      • Following discussions with possible faculty mentors, applicants must complete a personal statement which identifies the possible faculty mentor(s) and describes how their scholarship area matches the research of one/two of the DHSc mentors.

*Questions about the content of the personal statement can be directed to Dr. Fran Cornelius, 267-359-5694 or fc28@drexel.edu.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
Research Courses
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
Scholarship
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
NHP 827Scholarship I2.0
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
NHP 829Scholarship III2.0
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
Practicum Experience (select 2)4.0
Teaching Practicum
Leadership Practicum
Research Practicum
Concentrations (Education or Individualized)10.0-12.0
Education Concentration (12 credits)
Neuroscience of Learning
Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction
Teaching Strategies and Learning Technologies in Health Professions Education
Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation in Health Professions Education
Individualized Concentration (by advisement) 10-12 credits
Total Credits45.0-47.0

Sample Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Study #1

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NHP 7673.0RSCH 7413.0NHP 7623.0NHP 8322.0
RSCH 5193.0NHP 7601.0NHP 6803.0NHP 8181.0
 6 4 6 3
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RSCH 8133.0RSCH 7703.0NHP 8102.0NHP 8222.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0Elective (on advisement)3.0Elective (on advisement)3.0Elective (on advisement)3.0
 6 6 5 5
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
NHP 8272.0NHP 8282.0NHP 8292.0 
 2 2 2 
Total Credits 47

Sample Plan of Study #2

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NHP 7673.0RSCH 7413.0NHP 7623.0NHP 8323.0
RSCH 5193.0NHP 7601.0NHP 6803.0NHP 8181.0
 6 4 6 4
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RSCH 8133.0RSCH 7703.0NHP 8102.0NHP 8222.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0Elective (on advisement)3.0Elective (on advisement)3.0 
 6 6 5 2
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
NHP 8272.0NHP 8282.0NHP 8292.0 
 2 2 2 
Total Credits 45

Sample Plan of Study #3 (one course per term)

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NHP 7673.0RSCH 7413.0NHP 7623.0NHP 8322.0
 3 3 3 2
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RSCH 5193.0NHP 7601.0NHP 6803.0NHP 8181.0
 3 1 3 1
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IPS 5533.0IPS 5543.0IPS 7633.0IPS 7653.0
 3 3 3 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
RSCH 8133.0RSCH 7703.0NHP 8102.0NHP 8222.0
 3 3 2 2
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
NHP 8272.0NHP 8282.0NHP 8292.0 
 2 2 2 
Total Credits 47
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