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Admission Requirements

Doctor of Health Science Degree

Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Health Science degree program must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Practice as a health professional or health educator in a United States jurisdiction. A current license may not be required of applicants to the Health Professions Education track only.
  2. Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. It is anticipated that most students will have a Master's degree or higher. Students matriculating in the DHS Degree program without a Master's degree or higher will be required to demonstrate mastery of content equivalent to a Master's degree. A committee of three DHS faculty members will evaluate an applicant's knowledge in a clinical area and utilization of scholarly information. Evidence of knowledge in a clinical area requires achievement of one of the following criteria: graduation from a credentialed residency or fellowship program, or certification as a clinical specialist, or certification from a recognized professional organization (e.g.; certified by National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®, certified by Academy of Lymphatic Studies as a lymphedema specialist, neurodevelopment therapy certificate), or instructor of two or more distinct short courses on advanced practice topics approved by a professional association or state licensing body for continuing education of health professionals or completion of two or more clinically-oriented graduate courses with a grade of B or higher. Evidence of the ability to utilize scholarly information includes completion of one of the following criteria: a scholarly publication in a peer-reviewed journal, or two or more scholarly presentations in peer-reviewed venues, or two or more chapters published in professional textbooks, or completion of two or more graduate courses with a grade of B or higher in research and statistics or requiring the analysis and synthesis of research. Applicants must submit notarized copies of certificates of completion, copies of publications, copies of handouts from invited presentations and documentation of teaching experience.
  3. Provide transcripts for all post-secondary and professional education.
  4. Demonstrate achievement of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale; applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 will be considered on an individual basis.
  5. Provide two completed DHS reference forms that describe a candidate's potential to complete the DHS degree program.
  6. Successfully complete an interview with DHS faculty.
  7. Provide a statement of how the DHS degree fits into the applicant's career goals.
  8. Possess oral and written communications skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  10. Pass the Midwestern University criminal background check.