Health Sciences DHSc

Major: Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Health Sciences (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
  • Personal statement reflecting
    • Career goals
    • how this program will facilitate career goals
    • topic of scholarship interest

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

Term 1Credits
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NHP 832Leadership Practicum2.0
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 5
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
NHP 822Teaching Practicum2.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 9
NHP 827Scholarship I2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 10
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 11
NHP 829Scholarship III2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Total Credit: 47.0

Sample Plan of Study #2

Term 1Credits
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NHP 832Leadership Practicum3.0
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 5
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
Elective (on advisement)3.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 8
NHP 822Teaching Practicum2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 9
NHP 827Scholarship I2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 10
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 11
NHP 829Scholarship III2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Total Credit: 45.0

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

Term 1Credits
NHP 767Leadership & Professional Issues3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
RSCH 741Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NHP 762Health Professional Education3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
NHP 832Leadership Practicum2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 5
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 6
NHP 760Academia for Health Professionals1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Term 7
NHP 680Informatics in the Health Professions3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 8
NHP 818Scholarship Question Development1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Term 9
IPS 553Neuroscience of Learning3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 10
IPS 554Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 11
IPS 763Teaching Strategies and Learning Technologies in Health Professions Education3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 12
IPS 765Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation in Health Professions Education3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 13
RSCH 813Measurement Theory in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 14
RSCH 770Foundations in Research Methods3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 15
NHP 810Biostatistical Applications2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 16
NHP 822Teaching Practicum2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 17
NHP 827Scholarship I2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 18
NHP 828Scholarship II2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Term 19
NHP 829Scholarship III2.0
 Term Credits2.0
Total Credit: 47.0
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