Online Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
Drexel University’s online Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) 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. This program is open to health professionals seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice including, but not limited to:
- Health Administrators
- Physician Assistants
- Physical or Occupational Therapists
- Couple and Family Therapists
- Creative Arts Therapists
- Behavioral or Mental Health Specialists
- Complementary and Integrative Health Practitioners
- Other Healthcare Professionals
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.
Cohort size is limited. Submit your application now to be considered for the Fall 2018 start.The on-campus, two-day Orientation will take place on September 21-22, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA.
What is a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) Degree?
The Drexel DHSc is a comprehensive preparation for academia and clinical leadership, specifically designed to accommodate working professionals by offering online learning supplemented with onsite sessions during select terms.
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What is the difference between DHSc vs a PHD?
The online DHSc is designed for those who want to expand their MS level subject expertise with broad-based knowledge needed to translate research evidence into real world practice.
In comparison, a PhD, which stands for Doctor of Philosophy, is designed for those who want to be able to demonstrate expertise in a narrowly defined discipline and pursue research to advance knowledge in the discipline.
Both degrees prepare you for academic teaching opportunities, the DHSc in preparing leaders in the health sciences, and the PhD in preparing discipline scholars.
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 much faster than the average, is expected by 2026. The median salary is $76,000, as of 2017. A further breakdown shows median annual wages for postsecondary teachers are as follows:
Type of Institution
Median Annual Wage
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - State
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools - Private
Junior Colleges - Local
Junior Colleges - State
These projections are for academic positions only. Salaries within health care organizations and across disciplines vary greatly and are not included here. In addition, salaries in settings and disciplines also vary across regions. Applicants are encouraged to seek salary comparisons within their own professional organizations. Every college, university and healthcare institution has a different pay structure. Postsecondary teachers typically see higher wages in colleges and universities.
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
- Working knowledge for interpretation and application
- Interpersonal and collaboration skills
- Health policy – working knowledge of system to advocate, influence, and transform health systems
- Visionary and transformational leadership skills and competencies
State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.
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.
|NHP 680||Informatics in the Health Professions||3.0|
|NHP 766||Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness||3.0|
|NHP 767||Leadership & Professional Issues||3.0|
|RHAB 768||Advancing the Practice of Rehabilitation||3.0|
|RSCH 758||Application of Evidence to Practice||3.0|
|RSCH 741||Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing||3.0|
|NHP 760||Academia for Health Professionals||1.0|
|NHP 762||Health Professional Education||3.0|
|NHP 822||Teaching Practicum||3.0|
|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|
|Elective Practicum Experience||2.0|
|Additional Elective Option||3.0|
|An Elective may be selected from courses and practica (including independent study) within and outside the program to support your plan of study.|
|Scholarship Experience *|
|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|
*You must successfully complete comprehensive examination prior to enrolling in the Scholarship Experience series
- 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
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 reflecting:
- Your career goals
- How this program will facilitate those goals
- Topic of scholarship interest, and how it matches the research of one or two of the DHSc mentors
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Copy of current professional license (if applicable)
- Writing sample on a topic of your choice or a previously written paper/manuscript
- Additional requirements for International Students
Additional materials/qualifications may be required depending upon the admitting department.
The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $940 per credit.
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- 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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