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 utilize their learning across courses in the semester to develop a scholarly paper that addresses a diversity, equity, and inclusion topic.  The scholarly project will include an extensive review of literature and a proposal for how to integrate change into the workplace.  Students will also focus on the application of evidence-based decision-making to address problems in healthcare practice and administration.  Throughout the program, students will reflect on the role of healthcare leaders as change agents for social justice.

In the four-semester program, the scholarly project is the culmination of the doctoral research project, and it will be 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). 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. 


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


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


    Katie Bell, EdD, RDH | Director | School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
    Director and Professor | Doctor of Science Program
    Associate Dean | Interprofessional Education
    Director | Program of Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER)
    Director | Pacific Interprofessional Clinic
    Phone 503-352-7359 | Fax 503-352-7290 |