Doctor of Health Science Degree
Upon completion of the DHS degree, graduates are expected to be able to:
- Evaluate and validate clinical practice through scientific investigation;
- Analyze and influence public policy related to healthcare services;
- Evaluate, synthesize, utilize and disseminate the scholarship related to discovery, integration, application and teaching;
- Utilize evidence-based practice and outcomes assessment and scientific thinking for making clinical decisions;
- Synthesize the scholarship related to a specific area of practice and use it to develop novel solutions to practice problems;
- Write and defend a proposal for a scholarly project; and
- Complete a scholarly project in an emphasis area at a depth and breadth that is suitable for dissemination in a peer-reviewed venue.
These objectives are accomplished through:
- An innovative interdisciplinary program;
- Individualized plans of study that are collaboratively developed by a student and a faculty advisor;
- A strong foundation of content in the scholarship of health professional practice;
- An emphasis on scholarly thinking, complex clinical decision-making, outcomes analysis, and evidence-based practice;
- An educational environment designed to promote learning; and
- Coursework offered in a variety of formats including evening and weekend on-campus instruction, web-based instruction and small group independent study.