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The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.S. or D.H.Sc.) is a post-professional academic degree for those who intend to pursue or advance a professional practice career in Health Arts and Sciences, and Health Care Delivery Systems, to include clinical practice, education, administration, and research. Individuals who complete the D.H.S./D.H.Sc. face the particular challenge of understanding and adapting scientific knowledge in order to achieve health gain and results. This degree leads to a career in high-level administration, teaching, applied research, or practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. The Doctor of Health Science is a degree that prepares scholarly professionals in healthcare.



In Europe and Australia, the degree is awarded after completion of two to three years of coursework and research beyond the Master's degree. Like its European counterparts, an individual typically has to complete three to four years of study beyond the master's degree. In order to be accepted into the program a person must possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited United States university, and have prior health care experience. In addition to completing two to four years of intensive course work, candidates must typically complete an applied research project or dissertation.


Most D.H.S./D.H.Sc. programs have been compared in course content to the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science (PhD) degrees, but often distinguishes itself from these degrees in focus and scholarship requirements. Furthermore, Master's credential health professionals (i.e. Athletic Trainer, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Pathologists' assistant, Public Health, Radiographer, Respiratory Therapist, Speech and language therapist, Health Education Specialist (CHES/MCHES), advanced practice clinicians/diagnosticians with master's degrees, as well as mid- and executive-level healthcare administrators and educators, and public health professionals) are drawn to the D.H.S./D.H.Sc. credential in effort to advance their careers toward top executive echelons and academic appointments.

It is recommended individuals seeking academic teaching positions in higher education choose a D.H.S/D.H.S.c program that culminates in a dissertation or doctoral research project.

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