Doctorate of Health Sciences

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The Doctorate of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach to graduate study. The program will prepare practicing health care professionals to assume leadership roles in the academic and/or clinical and research settings. The degree will also prepare graduates to develop and implement solutions to the health issues of our society and to teach in academic and clinical settings. Our curriculum has a strong focus on pedagogy within health professions and is very interdisciplinary in nature.


The mission of the D.H.Sc. program is to prepare professionals from health and health related fields as leaders, educators, researchers and scholars that will solve problems creatively, integrate appropriate technologies and basic principles of ethics and cultural sensitivity within all professional activities to address state, national and global health problems.

Program Outcomes

The outcomes for the D.H.Sc. program include students’ ability to:

  • Demonstrate pedagogically sound instructional and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop effective curriculum in their area of study
  • Demonstrate competency in written, oral, and electronic communication
  • Plan and conduct an original research study
  • Disseminate the results of original work orally during the final dissertation defense
  • Disseminate the results of original work through a written dissertation
  • Engage in inter-professional practice and research
  • Collaborate with others to initiate and promote positive change in the health field and profession

Admissions Requirements

A student must satisfy all general requirements of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at ISU as stated in the Graduate Catalog.

Minimal qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in health related field
  • Master’s level statistics course with a grade of B or better
  • Master’s level research methods course with a grade of B or better
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or above on all graduate work attempted

It must not be assumed that meeting minimal qualifications guarantees admission to the program. In addition to the minimal qualifications, students must also:

  • Complete the application for admission to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Show proof of completion of a health professions degree
  • Provide to the department, a written statement of purpose that addresses reasons this program was chosen,
  • Submit contact information of  two professional references, and
  • Submit a current resume

Please refer to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Information and Resources for detailed information about dissertation forms and responsibilities.

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Required Courses