Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) (2022)

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Elevate your expertise and role as a health care practitioner, executive-level administrator or professor by learning from the profession’s forward-thinking health care leaders — each with extensive clinician experience.

The rigorous NSU Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) curriculum builds the advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities you’ll need to successfully navigate today’s most critical health care challenges or to qualify for coveted academic appointments in your professional specialty.

Build the stand-out academic credentials to lead hospitals, health systems, public agencies or pursue high-profile university professor or dean roles.

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NSU’s Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.): Three Rewarding Concentrations

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Education in Health Care

If academia is your passion, gain the credentials to pursue post-secondary teaching in your professional specialty, as well as pursue higher-level director and dean roles.

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Global Health

Make your mark on the world: lead teams, research and educate others with new expertise in global policy, international health organizations, governments, and specific populations.

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Telehealth

Telehealth is hot, and as tracked by the American Medical Association, “growing at 53% - faster than any other place of care.” Those with the skills to spearhead this skyrocketing sector will be in demand.

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Testimonials

The DHSc degree played an integral role in my obtaining a Senior Management position as a Program Director at a global Clinical Research Organization. My compensation increased by 50% as a result of the DHSc degree.

Vikki Brandi, PA, DHSc

The DHSc has been invaluable in Medical Affairs, allowing me the option to apply for doctoral-level only positions.

Laura Fye Moore, DHSc, PA-C, Regional Medical Scientist, CNS Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The DHSc provides a scientific expertise which spans the spectrum of health care and has enabled me to obtain a position as a Senior Scientist with the General Dynamics Information Technology Corporation, where I direct operations for a research staff and serve as the Senior Science Manager for a $60,000,000.00 Military Operational Medicine Research Program of the United States Army Medical Department.

Dennis P. Goodes, DHSc, MBM, CCC-A Senior Scientist / Senior Science Manager, General Dynamics Information Technology United States Army Medical Research and Material Command Military Operational Medicine Research Program

Your Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) Opens More Career Doors

This is the ideal next step to boost your career influence and earnings as a physician assistant, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, radiologic or ultrasound technologist, nurse, nurse practitioner, public health professional or as a professional in other health care professions.

Career Role Opportunities Median Annual Wage (2018)
Instructor Work in universities, community colleges, other professional post-secondary schools $97,370
Health care manager, administrators or executive Manage a hospital department; a facility; or an entire organization as part of the executive team. $99,730
Clinical Researcher Work in universities, hospitals, government labs or private industry $84,810

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Quick Facts

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Delivery Options

Online plus one-week summer seminar, attended twice during your program of study.

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Start Dates

Start in January, April, July or September. See application deadlines for specific start dates.

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Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $692 per credit hour.

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Credit Hours

The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree is 55 credit hours.

Online Delivery: No Career Interruption


The program is delivered primarily online, along with internship, practicum, doctoral analysis and two one-week, on-campus institute residencies that are required during the course of the program.

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Why Choose NSU?


  • Fully accredited programs
  • Empirically-based
  • Online delivery: won’t interrupt your career
  • Complete internships in your specific area of interest
  • No GRE required

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Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.): Program Details

Steps to Apply

The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling admission basis throughout the year. Applicants can apply for admission for any one of four starting dates during any academic year: January, April, July, and September. Each term runs for 12 weeks. Admission deadlines for submitted application and required documents are as follows:

Application Deadlines by Term

  • Spring: December 2 - March 1
  • Summer: March 2 - June 1
  • Fall: June 2 - August 15
  • Winter: August 16 - December 1

Before the applicant can be reviewed for possible admission, the following must be submitted:

  • Completed Health Science Doctoral application form.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.

Send transcripts and all required documents to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Health Care Sciences
Health Science Doctoral Admissions
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

  • Official and final transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate, professional, and graduate institutions of higher learning. Conferral degree and conferral date must be on the transcript(s) from where you earned a degree.
  • All coursework from international institution(s), Applicant is responsible for contacting one of the evaluation services listed here. The evaluation must be course by course including a cumulative GPA The official evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the NSU EPS address shown above for all documents:

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338
    https://www.jsilny.org/

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400 www.ece.org

    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311 www.wes.org

  • Copy of national allied health professional certification or licensure, if applicable.
  • Copy of current state licensure, registration or certification.
  • Two " Evaluation Forms" from a supervising physician or manager. These forms are supplied in the application package from the program. Additional letters may be requested by the program after initial review of application, if so warranted.

    Non-clinical applicants (health administrators) only - must also include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor describing their position in the organization and the scope and duration of their responsibility, a personal statement describing their career goals, and an organizational chart. (This is not required for clinically licensed, registered, or certified applicants or for public health practitioners with an MPH). Clinically-qualified applicants should include a copy of their registration, certification and/ or licensure.

  • An up-to-date resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Personal interview with Committee on Admissions MAY be required in some cases. Phone interview and/or advisement may be substituted upon approval.
Admission Requirements
  1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative master's degree GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for regular admission.
  3. Prior health care experience is required and is strongly considered in the admissions process. The D.H.Sc is a post professional degree designed for health practitioners, public health professionals, and health care administrators from a wide variety of disciplines. The commonality exhibited by our students is the expert practice of a recognized health occupation at a professional level, or five years of administrative experience in a health care organization with progressively increasing responsibilities over that time frame.
    The successful applicant's health profession may emphasize delivery of services to individual clients (e.g., PA, PT, RN, LCSW, etc.) or be population-based (MPH, MHA). An appropriate level of professional practice is generally recognized by either health professions licensure (e.g., RN, PT), a national certification or registration (e.g., PA-C, RVT, RRT, CRNA, FACHE), a recognized health professions academic credential (e.g., M.P.H., M.S.N., M.S.W., M.H.A., M.B.A.), or a combination of the above. The successful administrative (non-clinical) applicant will demonstrate at least five years of professional administrative experience with increasing levels of responsibility in a health care setting. Professional experience will be documented by an organizational chart demonstrating the applicant's position within the organization and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor attesting to the applicant's level of responsibility within the organization. Health care administrators will also need to submit a statement concerning their career and professional goals within the health care environment. Fellowship or certification by a nationally-recognized health certifying body (FACHE, etc.) is desirable. Possession of an appropriate master's degree is also necessary.
    All questions regarding the appropriateness of an applicant's qualifications for admission can be discussed with the department chair or program director on an informal basis, but the official recommendations are made by the Committee on Admissions to the dean of the College of Health Care Sciences, who makes the final determination. Successful past applicants and graduates have included physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, master's degree-level social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, and athletic trainers. We have recently expanded the program to include health care administrators, and our graduates now include a hospital CEO and an assistant Surgeon General of the US Public Health Service.
  4. All applicants must show evidence of computer skills through coursework or self study prior to the end of the first term. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU Student Computer Laboratory, the D.H.Sc. online Orientation, or other training facilities.

Send your transcripts and evaluations to NSU's Enrollment Processing Services at:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Please note, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not currently required for the DHSc Program. The GRE is required prior to admission to the PhD program.

D.H.Sc. Curriculum and Concentrations

Generalist Curriculum

The generalist D.H.Sc. program requires completion of a minimum of 61 semester hours of coursework. This includes 48 semester hours didactic coursework, 11 semester hours practical coursework, and 2 semester hours for the Doctoral Objective Analysis.

During the generalist course of study, the student must complete a practicum and internship approved by the D.H.Sc program director and practicum faculty members in an area of health care including, but not limited to, health care leadership, education, policy or delivery.

At the standard pace established by the program, the course of study can be completed in three years. It is required that all coursework be completed within seven years.

Core Courses - Block 1

Four of the following are required; either DHS 8090 or DHS 9095 may fulfill the Health Policy requirement. Either 8040 or 8045 will fulfill the Ethics requirement. You must complete 1 policy and 1 ethics course, unless you obtain program director approval. Courses not taken as requirements may be used as electives.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8000: Clinical Competencies in the Delivery of Health Care to Diverse and Special Populations

4

DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

4

DHS 8040: Professionalism and Health Care Ethics

4

DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management

4

DHS 8095: Global Health Policy

4

DHS 8110: Community Environmental and Occupational Health

4

Core Courses - Block 2

Two of the following courses are required. The other courses may be omitted or used as electives.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8400: Global Health Issues

4

HSP 9006: Evidence-Based Medical Practice

4

DHS 8750: Patient Safety

4

DHS 8190: Health Care Education

4

DHS 8800: Health Care Informatics

4

DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology

4

Experiential (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 11 credit hours.

Note: Students are required to register for DHS 8125 in their second term in the program. DHS 8130 is a prerequisite for DHS 8140, consequently, the courses may not be taken concurrently.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8125: Preparation Forum

Students should enroll in this course within one to two semesters of matriculation into the DHSc program.

1

DHS 8130: Internship

5

DHS 8140: Practicum

5

Summer Residential Institutes (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 12 credit hours.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8010: Statistics and Research Methods

Students should enroll in this course within one to two semesters of matriculation into the DHSc program.

4

DHS 8080: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

4

DHS 8170: Leadership in Health Care

4

Electives

Three of the following should be taken. Block 1 and Block 2 courses may be substituted for these courses. Please check with the program.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8100: Alternative and Complementary Medicine

4

DHS 8180: Medical Writing

4

DHS 8200: Independent Study A

1-4

DHS 8250: Independent Study B

1-4

DHS 8700: Comparative International Health Systems

4

DHS 8775: Survey of Health Law

4

DHS 8835: Telepresence

4

DHS 8900: Narrative Medicine

4

Any additional transfer credits.

(Up to 8 hours of Doctoral Level coursework may be transferred)

Capstone (Required)

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8120: Doctoral Analysis

2

Education in the Health Care Professions Concentration

The Education in the Health Care Professions Concentration is designed to provide students with the opportunity to meet the personal and/or professional goals of gaining requisite knowledge/skills to be able to perform in an academic arena. The goal of the Education in the Health Care Professions Concentration fosters an in-depth application of knowledge and skills, inquiry and research, problem solving, collaboration and communication, professional development, higher order thinking skills, and ethical conduct.

EHP Concentration - Block 1

Four of the following are required for the general curriculum. DHS 8196 and DHS 8197 are required for the concentration.

Courses selected must also include one ethics course (DHS 8040 or DHS 8045) and one policy course (DHS 8090 or DHS 8095)

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8196: Theories and Principles for Health Care Educators

4

DHS 8197: Traditional and Competency-Based Curriculum and Implementation

4

DHS 8000: Clinical Competencies in the Delivery of Health Care to Diverse and Special Populations

4

DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

4

DHS 8040: Professionalism and Health Care Ethics

4

DHS 8045: The Influence of Ethics and Culture on Global Health

4

DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management

4

DHS 8095: Global Health Policy

4

DHS 8110: Community Environmental and Occupational Health

4

EHP Concentration - Block 2

DHS 8190 is required for the Education in the Health Professions Concentration. Any additional courses may be used as electives.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8190: Health Care Education

4

DHS 8400: Global Health Issues

4

HSP 9006: Evidence-Based Medical Practice

4

DHS 8750: Patient Safety

4

DHS 8800: Health Care Informatics

4

DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology

4

Summer Residential Institutes (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 12 credit hours.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8010: Statistics and Research Methods

4

DHS 8080: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

4

DHS 8170: Leadership in Health Care

4

Electives

Three of the following should be taken. Block 1 and Block 2 courses may be substituted for these courses. Please check with the program.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8195: Academic Health Program Development

4

DHS 8100: Alternative and Complementary Medicine

4

DHS 8180: Medical Writing

4

DHS 8200: Independent Study A

1-4

DHS 8250: Independent Study B

1-4

DHS 8700: Comparative International Health Systems

4

DHS 8775: Survey of Health Law

4

DHS 8900: Narrative Medicine

4

Any additional transfer credits.

(Up to 8 hours of Doctoral Level coursework may be transferred)

Capstone (Required)

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8120: Doctoral Analysis

2

Global Health Concentration

The Global Health Concentration is designed for students interested in exploring health care from a global perspective. The goal of the Global Health Concentration is to prepare students for positions that involve health care leadership, research, education, administration and decision making in global environment. The global health courses help students explore health issues including but not limited to global policy, international health organizations, governments and specific populations.

GH Concentration - Block 1

Four of the following are required for the general curriculum

DHS 8045 and DHS 8095 are required for the concentration

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8045: The Influence of Ethics and Culture on Global Health

4

DHS 8095: Global Health Policy

4

DHS 8000: Clinical Competencies in the Delivery of Health Care to Diverse and Special Populations

4

DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

4

DHS 8040: Professionalism and Health Care Ethics

4

DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management

4

DHS 8110: Community Environmental and Occupational Health

4

GH Concentration - Block 2

DHS 8400 and 8810 are required for the Global Health Concentration. Any additional courses may be used as electives.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8400: Global Health Issues

4

DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology

4

HSP 9006: Evidence-Based Medical Practice

4

DHS 8750: Patient Safety

4

DHS 8190: Health Care Education

4

DHS 8800: Health Care Informatics

4

Experiential (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 11 credit hours.

GH Note: Both the Internship and Practicum must have global health implications.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8125: Preparation Forum

Students should enroll in this course within one to two semesters of matriculation into the DHSc program.

1

DHS 8130: Internship

NOTE: Must have Global Health Implications

5

DHS 8140: Practicum

NOTE: Must have Global Health Implications

5

Summer Residential Institutes (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 12 credit hours.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8010: Statistics and Research Methods

4

DHS 8080: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

4

DHS 8170: Leadership in Health Care

4

Electives

DHS 8700 and any two additional courses are required - any additional Core 1 and Core 2 classes may also be taken.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8700: Comparative International Health Systems

4

DHS 8100: Alternative and Complementary Medicine

4

DHS 8180: Medical Writing

4

DHS 8200: Independent Study A

1-4

DHS 8250: Independent Study B

1-4

DHS 8775: Survey of Health Law

4

DHS 8900: Narrative Medicine

4

Any additional transfer credits.

(Up to 8 hours of Doctoral Level coursework may be transferred)

Capstone (Required)

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8120: Doctoral Analysis

2

Telehealth Concentration

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The Telehealth Concentration will be offered starting from the Winter 2018 term going forward. It consists of 12 credit hours to be taken as part of the generalist DHS curriculum.

General Information: The D.H.Sc. program requires completion of a minimum of 61 semester hours of coursework. This includes 48 semester hours didactic coursework, 11 semester hours practical coursework, and 2 semester hours for the Doctoral Objective Analysis.

During the generalist course of study, the student must complete a practicum and internship approved by the D.H.Sc program director and practicum faculty members in an area of health care including, but not limited to, health care leadership, education, policy or delivery.

At the standard pace established by the program, the course of study can be completed in three years. It is required that all coursework be completed within seven years.

Core Courses - Block 1

Four of the following are required; either DHS 8090 or DHS 9095 may fulfill the Health Policy requirement. Either 8040 or 8045 will fulfill the Ethics requirement. You must complete 1 policy and 1 ethics course, unless you obtain program director approval. Courses not taken as requirements may be used as electives.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8000: Clinical Competencies in the Delivery of Health Care to Diverse and Special Populations

4

DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

4

DHS 8040: Professionalism and Health Care Ethics

4

DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management

4

DHS 8095: Global Health Policy

4

DHS 8110: Community Environmental and Occupational Health

4

Experiential (All Required)

All courses in this block are required, total is 11 credit hours.

Note: Students are required to register for DHS 8125 in their second term in the program. DHS 8130 is a prerequisite for DHS 8140, consequently, the courses may not be taken concurrently.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8125: Preparation Forum

Students should enroll in this course within one to two semesters of matriculation into the DHSc program.

1

DHS 8130: Internship

NOTE: Must have Global Health Implications

5

DHS 8140: Practicum

5

Telehealth Electives

All three courses must be completed for the Telehealth Concentration. If you are interested in the clinical aspect of telehealth, you may elect to take DHS 8835 - Telepresence instead of DHS 8830.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8820: Telehealth Concepts, Applications and Future Trends(Winter)

4

DHS 8825: Technological Infrastructures of Telehealth(Spring)

4

DHS 8830: Strategic Planning for Telehealth Programs and Services(Summer II)

4

DHS 8835: Telepresence(Fall)

4
Tuition

Per Credit: $692

Student Services Fee (if taking 1-3 credits): $187.50 per term

Student Services Fee (if taking 4 credits or more): $375 per term

Registration Fee: $30 per term

Online Format

The program is designed to be completed in an online format. The only residency requirement is a 1-week summer seminar attended twice during your program of study. You’ll need an internet connection to access course materials and the online student center.

There is no dissertation required: it has been replaced with an internship, practicum, and the Doctoral Objective Analysis. As with most doctoral programs of study, papers compose a large portion. Many courses also require a journal to be kept, as well as discussion board postings. Keep in mind, this is an online program. The majority of communications will be in writing.

Each professor determines the need for a textbook and online readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text(s) for each course. Because this is a doctoral level program, primary source readings, instead of textbooks, are emphasized. Use of the NSU library is required and is available at a distance.

The online courses work very much like a classroom and you will be required to interact with the professor and the other students in your virtual classroom, as well as adhere to any assignment due dates. There is an online student center where you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.

How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors methods, and your study area.

We consider one class per semester to be full time. At one class per semester, with the exception of one summer institute that will require two courses, and completing the internship or practicum while taking another course, the program can be completed in 3.5 years. At two courses per semester, a student may complete the program in just over 2 years.

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