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Doctor of Health Science Degree

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 area of individual students. Initially, the geriatrics, pediatrics, and health professions education emphasis areas will be offered. An additional 20 credits will be required for students matriculating without a post-baccalaureate degree.

In collaboration with a faculty advisor, each student will create an individualized curricular plan. The curricular plan will identify:

  1. The student's emphasis area (pediatrics, geriatrics, or health professions education)
  2. Student-specific educational objectives
  3. The courses that the student must complete to fulfill the DHS degree requirements and achieve the student-specific objectives
  4. One or more potential DHS topics for the student's scholarly project

The individualized plan of study must be approved by the DHS Education Committee during the initial quarter of matriculation. Once approved, the individualized plan of study becomes the curriculum for the individual student. Major modifications to the plan must be approved by the Education Committee. Prior to initiating work on the scholarship project, the proposal for the project must be approved by the student's Scholarship Project Committee, which will be chaired by a faculty member with a post-professional doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., D.Sc., D.H.S.).

The Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Doctor of Health Science degree program reserves the right to alter the curriculum and to reschedule courses however and whenever it deems appropriate.

Sample Program for a Part-Time Student Selecting the Pediatric Emphasis Area:

 

First Professional Year:

Total:
Fall
DHSC 1501 Foundations of Research 4
Total
Winter
DHSC 1503 Scholarship of Practice 4
DHSC 1611 Standardized Assessment of Infants and Children with Disabilities 4
Total
Spring
DHSC 1504 Clinical Inquiry 4
Total
Summer
DHSC 1505 Educational Roles in Healthcare and Higher Education 4
Total

Second Professional Year:

Total:
Fall
DHSC 1502 Public Policy and Healthcare 4
Total
Winter
DHSC 1612 Interventions for Infants and Children with Disabilities 4
Total
Spring
DHSC 1606 Methods in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design 4
DHSC 1714 Advanced Practice: Families of Infants and Children with Disabilities 4
Total
Summer
DHSC 1607 Statistics for Clinical Research 4
Total

Third Professional Year:

Total: 20
Fall
DHSC 1715 Independent Study in Pediatric Therapy 4
Total
Winter
DHSC 1608 Scientific Writing 4
DHSC 1741 Scholarly Project Proposal 4
Total
Spring
DHSC 1613 Advances in School-Based Services 4
Total
Summer
DHSC 1631 History of Health Professional Education 4
Total

Fourth Professional Year:

Total: 12
Fall
DHSC 1842 Scholarship Project 4
Total
Winter
DHSC 1843 Scholarship Project 4
Total
Spring
DHSC 1844 Scholarship Project 4
Total