The Doctor of Science program at Pacific University offers two innovative clinical doctoral degree programs — the Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) and the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc).  

The Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) degree was developed specifically for the health professional (certified/licensed), advanced practice clinician, health profession educator or healthcare manager who has the desire to continue their education as a means of advancing their career within diverse healthcare settings. Applicants must be currently working in a health care practice setting or health profession education program.

The Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree was developed specifically for the physician assistant.

These fully online Doctor of Science programs are designed for the scholar-practitioner and focuses on real-life application of healthcare science principles. Students in the Doctor of Science program will bring their healthcare practice question to be evaluated into the program and utilize evidence-based healthcare concepts to develop their scholarly project. Students will be able to choose either a clinical practice or clinical leadership focus for their scholarly project.

The Doctor of Science program culminates in a scholarly project, suitable for publication or presentation in a peer-reviewed environment. Program goals and objectives are designed to support meaningful systemic change in diverse healthcare settings through the application of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices as well as the four competency areas for interprofessional collaborative practice as defined by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).

Online Doctor of Science

    The Doctor of Healthcare Science and Doctor of Medical Science degrees will be delivered in an online manner (100% online with the opportunity to engage in onsite in-person seminars each semester). The 36-credit curriculum will be presented primarily asynchronously with limited synchronous instruction on the Moodle® learning management system. Synchronous sessions will facilitate collaborative learning and discussion of content. Students will participate in nine credits each semester, as well as participate in on-campus orientation seminars at the start of each semester. These seminars will promote cohort development, encourage collaboration with other interprofessional students and faculty, and provide a venue for the presentation of their scholarly projects (students may attend via Zoom if they must connect virtually).


    Contact Us


    Emily Josi | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing
    503-352-7219 |


    Amber Vanzant, MAT | Program Administrator
    Doctor of Science Program & the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
    Phone 503-352-7369 | Fax 503-352-7290 |


    Katie Bell, EdD, RDH | Director & Associate Professor | Doctor of Science Program
    Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education
    Co-Director | Program of Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER)
    Phone 503-352-7359 | Fax 503-352-7290 |