Doctor of Heath Science (DHSc)

General

Program Description

This program prepares students to better understand and effectively manage and evaluate solutions to the ongoing challenges of healthcare access, cost, and quality. Health professionals are provided with the knowledge and skills to excel in project management, decision-making, organizational leadership, establishing evidence-based standards and gaining competencies to apply research to professional practice. A one-week residency is held in Arizona, and students can choose from the following concentrations: global health, leadership & organizational behavior, or fundamentals of education.

  • Chair: Kathleen DiCaprio, Ph.D.
  • Credits: 70
  • Cost/Credit: $506
  • Total Cost: $35,420
  • Length: 3 years on average (7-year max)

Overview

The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) online program prepares students to better understand and effectively manage and evaluate solutions to the ongoing challenges of healthcare access, cost, and quality.

This advanced online health science degree program provides health professionals with the knowledge and skills to excel in project management, decision-making, organizational leadership, establishing evidence-based standards and gaining competencies to apply research to professional practice.

Offered through the ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS), the health science degree online program consists of 70 credit hours of study: 64 credit-hours of distance education, plus a 6 credit-hour course which includes a one-week residency held in Arizona.

Students have the opportunity to focus on one of three concentration areas: Global Health, Leadership and Organizational Behavior, or Fundamentals of Education. The health science online degree program promotes the application of research to professional practice through completion of an applied research project.

Faculty

Six full-time and many adjunct faculties provide expert instruction within the health science online degree program. This structure provides students exposure to a variety of teaching styles and learning opportunities by a faculty with diverse healthcare-related backgrounds and experiences.

Chair

Kathleen DiCaprio, Ph.D., has been named the chair for the Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) program in the ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies. She previously served as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, as well as the director of content development and education at the Oceania University of Medicine. In addition, she served as an instructor and curriculum consultant for Kaplan Medical.

Dr. DiCaprio has a history of teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical courses in areas related to infectious diseases and infection control, immunology, public health, and emergency preparedness. She comes to ATSU with an impressive history as a faculty member and administrator in higher education of the medicine and the health sciences.

Dr. DiCaprio earned her BS in biochemistry from The College of Saint Rose and her Ph.D. in pathology from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her prior research focused on studying the pathogenesis of maximum containment (Biosafety-level 4) viruses such as Ebola and Marburg in non-human primate models. Her research efforts contributed to the development of potential vaccines and therapeutics against these deadly viruses, and her work has been profiled in numerous publications and press releases.

Curriculum

The Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) online program consists of 70 credit hours of study. The D.H.Sc. degree curriculum aims to develop and enhance the professional skills needed to provide competent leadership in today’s challenging healthcare systems.

ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies provides broad training, integrated online instruction, directed readings, email and chat room interactions. The University’s mission-driven, context-based curriculum design assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments.

See more about the curriculum and course options on our website.

Admission Requirements

Doctor of Health Science students are selected by an admission committee that considers the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, and personal motivation. Applicants must also be a licensed or credentialed healthcare professional and/or have recent experience (typically around two years) as a practitioner, administrator, educator, clinician or researcher in healthcare.

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution exhibiting the following:

  • An accredited master's degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
    • Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.

For students using VA benefits, transcripts for all institutions attended are required.

Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.

If English is NOT your first language, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies via TOEFL exam.

Last updated May 2018

About the School

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campus ... Read More

A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.) on more than 200 acres with six prestigious schools. Learning environments include residential and online healthcare related graduate degrees as well as community-based partnerships worldwide. ATSU has more than 700 employees dedicated to its not-for-profit mission and an average annual enrollment of over 3,100 students from 35 countries. Read less