Curriculum | Doctor of Science

Four Semester Doctor of Science (DHSc or DMSc)

Spring Semester 1 — 15 Weeks

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Focus: Social Determinants of Health

HCSCI 710
3 credits

Organizational Strategies for Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership
Objectives:

  • Consider diverse organizational approaches in healthcare settings.
  • Analyze how outcomes and experience may be difficult to balance with cost and perceived value in healthcare organizations.
  • Engage in case studies and role-playing to gain insight into the interprofessional roles, challenges, and critical-thinking skills employed by successful healthcare executives.
  • Analyze the ethical issues related to administrative and biomedical problems.
  • Explore the growth process and development of self-awareness and necessary collaborative leadership skills.

HCSCI 715
3 credits

The Professional as Researcher and Writer
Objectives:

  • Consider the language of scholarly professional research and the art of professional writing.
  • Practice scholarly writing skills.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding and interpretation of scholarly works.
  • Explore the importance of academic writing for publication.
  • Achieve approval of Scholarly Project by advisor with development of literature review and data collection plan.

HCSCI 720
3 credits

Clinical Practicum I
Objectives:

  • Utilizing the semester’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion emphasis, examine the advanced skills needed to become visionary clinicians and healthcare leaders.
  • Apply the principles of learning-theory and scholarly practice to promote self-directed, goal-oriented, lifelong, evidence-based learning.
  • Effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing by developing interprofessional speaking and writing skills to enhance patient-clinician communication, patient advocacy, and promote institutional change.
Summer Semester — 15 weeks
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Focus: Advocacy
HCSCI 725
3 credits

Leadership, Ethics, and Advocacy
Objectives:

  • Develop fresh insight into roles, challenges, and decision-making of leaders.
  • Explore leadership styles and relationships between different approaches to leadership.
  • Consider the skills and self-awareness necessary to lead and manage strategic change in healthcare.
  • Evaluate program administration, financial constraints, globalization, and advances in technology from an ethical perspective.
  • Analyze the models, tools, and policies utilized to advocate for social change.
  • Discuss strategic planning with advocacy as a central tenant.
  • Reflect on your own advocacy skills.

HCSCI 810
3 credits

Applied Scholarly Project I
Continuation of work on a unique scholarly project in an area of interest, addressing a specific question with literature review and data collection.
Objectives:

  • Submit IRB application for the scholarly project.
  • Explore and practice either qualitative or quantitative analysis skills, consistent with the needs of the scholarly project.
  • Write the introduction to the manuscript for the scholarly project.
  • Begin data collection once IRB approval is granted.
     

HCSCI 730
3 credits
 

Clinical Practicum II
Objectives:

  • Utilizing the semester’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion emphasis, examine the advanced skills needed to become visionary clinicians and healthcare leaders.
  • Apply the principles of learning-theory and scholarly practice to promote self-directed, goal-oriented, lifelong, evidence-based learning.
  • Effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing by developing professional speaking and writing skills to enhance patient-clinician communication, patient advocacy, and promote institutional change.
Fall Semester — 15 Weeks
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Focus: DEI Strategic Planning

HCSCI 735
3 credits

Diversity, Equity, and System Thinking
Objectives:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of race, class, gender, access, equity, and ethnicity as it relates to students, faculty, staff, and administration within healthcare institutions.
  • Explore how systems work to marginalize traditionally minoritized groups.
  • Consider the experiences and implications of underrepresented and marginalized populations in healthcare.
  • Critically analyze diverse issues surrounding access and equity in global healthcare.
  • Reflect on one’s own positionality and role in order to understand self and others within these healthcare systems.
  • Have exposure to and engage in dialogue and theories that are traditionally excluded by dominant culture.

HCSCI 745
3 credits
 

Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Objectives:

  • Examine the definition of healthcare quality from diverse perspectives.
  • Consider the relationship between healthcare quality and organizational performance measurement.
  • Analyze the role of governing bodies on ensuring compliance and ongoing accreditation.
  • Apply various methodologies and tools for measuring quality performance in process and outcomes management.
  • Reflect on the importance of statistical applications and determine how to best apply them, to measure outcomes.

HCSCI 820
3 credits

Applied Scholarly Project II
Building upon previous coursework and scholarly experience, continue to design, and complete a unique scholarly project in an area of interest, addressing a specific clinical question or problem. 
Objectives:

  • Complete data collection process.
  • Analyze data using appropriate analysis procedures.
  • Continue writing the manuscript for the scholarly project, adding the methods and results sections to the draft.
  • Reflect on growth as a scholar practitioner to this point in the program.
Spring Semester 2 — 15 Weeks

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Focus: Managing Population Health

HCSCI 755
3 credits

Evidence-Based Practice in Lifestyle Medicine
Objectives:

  • Define evidence-based lifestyle modification and its role in improving population health.
  • Consider the importance of lifestyle modification techniques in treating disease burden
  • Analyze the environmental factors that impact non-communicable diseases.
  • Develop a behavioral change model to positively impact population health while building effective relationships with patients/clients and the community at large.

HCSCI 830
3 credits

Applied Scholarly Project III
Building upon previous coursework and scholarly experience, complete a unique scholarly project in an area of interest, addressing a specific question clinical question.
Objectives:

  • Complete the draft of the manuscript for the scholarly project, by adding the discussion and conclusion sections.
  • Prepare a presentation describing the scholarly project suitable for dissemination at a professional conference.
  • Reflect upon the growth as a scholar practitioner as the student is completing the program with a specific lens of moving forward as a scholar practitioner into the workplace.

HCSCI 740
3 credits

Clinical Practicum III
Objectives:

  • Utilizing the semester’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion emphasis, examine the advanced skills needed to apply concepts within the healthcare system to become visionary clinicians and healthcare leaders.
  • Apply the principles of learning-theory and scholarly practice to promote self-directed, goal-oriented, lifelong, evidence-based learning.
  • Effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing by developing professional speaking and writing skills to enhance patient-clinician communication, patient advocacy, and promote institutional change.

One Semester Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc)

Fall Semester — 15 Weeks

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Focus: DEI Strategic Planning

HCSCI 735
3 credits

Diversity, Equity, and System Thinking
Objectives:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of race, class, gender, access, equity, and ethnicity as it relates to students, faculty, staff, and administration within healthcare institutions.
  • Explore how systems work to marginalize traditionally minoritized groups.
  • Consider the experiences and implications of underrepresented and marginalized populations in healthcare.
  • Critically analyze diverse issues surrounding access and equity in global healthcare.
  • Reflect on one’s own positionality and role in order to understand self and others within these healthcare systems.
  • Have exposure to and engage in dialogue and theories that are traditionally excluded by dominant culture.

HCSCI 745
3 credits
 

Strategies for Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Objectives:

  • Examine the definition of healthcare quality from diverse perspectives.
  • Consider the relationship between healthcare quality and organizational performance measurement.
  • Analyze the role of governing bodies on ensuring compliance and ongoing accreditation.
  • Apply various methodologies and tools for measuring quality performance in process and outcomes management.
  • Reflect on the importance of statistical applications and determine how to best apply them, to measure outcomes.

HCSCI 850
6 credits

Application for the Scholar Practitioner

Objectives:

  • Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to develop a scholarly project for the clinical workplace.
  • Utilize literature to understand health care issues for specific populations and identify evidence-based best practices for improved care.
  • Engage in the workplace as a scholar clinician leader for DEI issues.
  • Reflect on the role of health care leaders as change agents for social justice.

 

 

 

 

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ADMISSIONS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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 | kathryn.bell@pacificu.edu