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Core Courses

Doctor of Health Science Degree

The 8 core courses address research, teaching, utilization and dissemination of scholarship, clinical inquiry, health policy, research design, statistics, and scientific writing. Collectively these core courses provide a foundation for the emphasis area coursework and scholarly project.

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DHSC 1501

Foundations of Research

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This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills for validating clinical practice through scientific investigation. The student will learn about the research process including: the development of a hypothesis, review of the literature, experimental and quasi-experimental research design, statistical analysis, tests for reliability and validity, guidelines for data collection and analysis, ethics in research, evaluation research and oral presentation of research.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1502

Public Policy and Healthcare

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This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills for analyzing and influencing public policy related to health. Topics include the U.S. healthcare system, policy-making processes, government and non-government participants in policy development, implementation and evaluation, the role of research in policy development, translation of policy into programs, the policy agenda, interactions among problems, programs and politics. Each student will examine the effectiveness of a public policy related to practice.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1503

Scholarship of Practice

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This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills needed for the utilization and dissemination of scholarship. The course covers four types of scholarship: discovery, integration, application and teaching as well as standards of scholarly rigor for each scholarship type. Students will develop skill in the analysis of a body of literature, scholarly writing, and review of articles for publication. Students also study how the government influences the creation and dissemination of practice knowledge and how various stakeholders influence government research initiatives.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1504

Clinical Inquiry

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This course provides opportunities for health professionals to examine and refine decision making skills utilized within clinical practice. Primary constructs in this course include utilization of evidence-based practice and outcome assessment within the context of the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health. Students will utilize hypothetical and clinical cases to analyze effective use of evidence-based practice within the clinical decision making process.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1505

Educational Roles in Healthcare and Higher Education

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This course explores the processes and practices of education in professional and university settings. This course focuses on theoretical foundations of teaching and learning, and the educational roles of faculty members and clinicians. Students will apply course concepts to the development of educational offerings in academic and healthcare settings.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1606

Methods in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design

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This course provides health professionals with knowledge and skills for framing clinical practice and education research questions as well as for utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods for answering these questions. Quantitative methods include experimental, correlational, quasi-experimental, and survey designs. Qualitative methodology, data collection and analysis will also be covered.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1607

Statistics for Clinical Research

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Students will review descriptive statistics and probability prior to developing skill in drawing inferences involving one or more populations, chi-square, ANOVA, bivariate and multiple regression analysis. Correlational analysis and non-parametric statistical tests commonly used in clinical practice and education research will also be covered.

Credits: 4

DHSC 1608

Scientific Writing

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This course prepares health professionals to write and publish scientific papers. The course covers the preparation of scientific manuscripts, including case reports, systematic reviews, original research reports, commentaries and editorials. Scientific style and style manuals, structured abstracts, citation methods, peer review processes and writing ethics will also be covered.

Credits: 4