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IL: MWU to Offer New Doctor of Health Sciences Degree

June 09, 2009

by Jill Blair-Smith

Midwestern University will offer a new Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.S.) degree program on the Downers Grove Campus. The Doctor of Health Sciences degree is a four-year, part-time program designed for working occupational therapists, physical therapists, and other licensed health professionals.

The D.H.S. degree program is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and prepares licensed health professionals to become leaders in their respective fields. The degree is intended for health professionals who wish to enter academia, pursue areas of clinical research, or gain extensive knowledge and skills in a concentrated practice area.

Evening and weekend coursework combined with independent study will enable students to complete degree requirements on a part-time basis while they maintain full-time employment. The first class of students will be admitted in fall 2009.

This degree will also meet the increased demand for health professionals with advanced degrees to serve in a variety of roles. "There is an acute shortage of faculty and clinician-researchers within the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and several other health professions," said Sandra Levi, PT, Ph.D., Program Coordinator for the D.H.S. degree and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University.

For more information about the new D.H.S. degree or other graduate programs offered at Midwestern University, please contact the Office of Admissions at 630-969-4400 or email

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