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  • Online Doctorate of Health Science (DHSc) Degree

    Drexel University’s online Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) program is open to health professionals seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice. Whether you are in nursing, rehabilitation, behavioral or mental health, creative arts therapy, complementary and integrative health, health administration, or any other health profession, this program will prepare you to be a leader in healthcare by acquiring skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams, and advocates for best practice.

    The Doctor of Health Science provides a foundation for research, focused study in a student’s specialized area of clinical practice, and competency in healthcare education.

    What is a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) Degree?

    The DHSc is a comprehensive preparation for academia and clinical leadership, specifically designed to accommodate working professionals by offering online learning supplemented with onsite sessions.

    What is the difference between DHSc vs a PHD?

    The online DHSc is designed for clinicians who would like to achieve master clinician status in their field and/or the terminal degree needed to teach in academic, clinical, and community settings.

    In comparison, a PhD, which stands for Doctor of Philosophy, is a universally recognized academic degree that requires extensive research in your chosen field. Typical PhD programs require a dissertation before a degree will be conferred. A PhD will prepare you to teach and conduct scholarly research at universities.

    What Can You Do With A Doctorate Degree in Health Science?

    A Doctor of Health Science degree will help you learn the skills required to work as educators, administrators, members of research teams, and advocates for best practice in healthcare.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines these roles as postsecondary teaching, which means instructing students beyond the high school level. Most of these roles are in community colleges or public and private colleges and university settings.

    What’s the Salary for a Doctor of Health Science?

    According to the BLS, the job outlook is favorable – 15% growth, which is faster than the average, is expected by 2016. The median salary is just over $75,000.

    Doctor of Health Science Online Program Features

    Upon completion of the DHSc degree, you will be able to:

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

    Skills you will acquire:

    • Information literacy
    • Big data management, visualization, and mining for decision support, policy development, and advocacy
    • Evaluation, integration, synthesis, and application of evidence to best practice
    • Global and cultural awareness
    • Professional ethics and values
    • Research designs and methodologies
    • Proficiency with statistical applications
    • Teaching/learning methodologies across settings and populations
    • Lifelong learning skills and reflection for continuous professional growth and development
    • Scientific writing skills
    • Verbal communication, conflict resolution, persuasion, etc.
    • Interpersonal and collaboration skills
    • Health policy – working knowledge of system to advocate, influence, and transform health systems
    • Visionary and transformational leadership skills and competencies

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    NHP 680 Informatics in the Health Professions 3.0
    NHP 760 Academia for Health Professionals 1.0
    NHP 762 Health Professional Education 3.0
    NHP 767 Leadership & Professional Issues 3.0
    Research Courses  
    NHP 810 Biostatistical Applications 2.0
    RSCH 519 Introduction to Biostatistics 3.0
    RSCH 770 Foundations in Research Methods 3.0
    RSCH 813 Measurement Theory in Healthcare 3.0
    NHP 818 Scholarship Question Development 1.0
    NHP 827 Scholarship I 2.0
    NHP 828 Scholarship II 2.0
    NHP 829 Scholarship III 2.0
    RSCH 741 Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing 3.0
    Practicum Experience (select 2) 4.0
    NHP 822 Teaching Practicum  
    NHP 832 Leadership Practicum  
    RSCH 823 Research Practicum  
    Concentration (Education or Individualized) 10.0-12.0
    Education Concentration (12 Credits)  
    IPS 553 Neuroscience of Learning  
    IPS 554 Online Neuropedagogy, Regulations & Online Instruction  
    IPS 763 Teaching Strategies and Learning Technologies in Health Professions Education  
    IPS 765 Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation in Health Professions Education  
    Individualized Concentration - By Advisement (10-13 credits)  
    Total Credits 45.0-47.0


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    Admissions Criteria

    • Master’s or clinical doctoral professional degree in a health profession
    • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
    • Current, active US or Canadian license or credential to practice in your discipline

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors, or mentors
    • Personal statement describing your career goals, how this program will facilitate those goals, and the topic of your scholarship interest.
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Copy of current professional license
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Additional materials/qualifications may be required depending upon the admitting department.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 0-1 is $0 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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