Midwestern University's Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Programs jointly offer a course of study leading to the Doctor of Health Science (DHS) degree. The goal of this full or part-time inter-professional doctoral degree curriculum is to prepare physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and other health professionals for advanced and specialized professional roles. The 72 credit, quarter-based curriculum includes 32 credits of required core courses, 16 credits in an emphasis area, 8 credits of elective coursework and 16 credits of practice scholarship that are specific to the emphasis areas of individual students. Twenty (20) additional quarter credit hours of graduate level coursework will be required of students who are accepted for the DHS degree without a post-baccalaureate degree. These additional credit hours may be taken prior to or after matriculation in the DHS program and may include DHS courses outside the student's emphasis area, graduate courses offered by other Midwestern University programs, and graduate courses taken at other accredited institutions provided: 1) the courses were not used to fulfill the requirements for the awarding of another degree; and 2) the courses are approved by the DHS Curriculum Committee for inclusion in the student's individualized curricular plan. Initially geriatrics, pediatrics, and health professions education emphasis areas will be offered. To accommodate the needs of working professionals, the coursework is offered in a variety of formats.
The focus of the post-professional doctorate degree curriculum is to prepare physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and other health professionals to advance their professions through leadership, scholarship and advocacy in a wide range of community, institutional, and non-traditional practice settings. The degree also prepares graduates to develop and implement solutions to the health issues of our society and to teach in academic and clinical settings.