Doctor of Science Program Objectives

Interprofessional Competencies

The curriculum for the doctor of science program has been developed with the four IPEC (Interprofessional Education Collaborative) core competency domains in mind: 

  • Values and ethics
  • Roles and responsibilities for collaborative practice 
  • Interprofessional communication 
  • Teamwork and team-based care

Degree Objectives

The doctor of medical science (DMSc) and doctor of healthcare science (DHSc) degrees provide a rigorous course of study intended for interprofessional graduate students with significant healthcare practice and/or healthcare leadership experience. The doctor of science program is committed to the continuous pursuit of academic excellence and the ongoing development of experienced physician assistants, affiliated clinicians, and healthcare leaders who will be able to:

  • Create rigorous, applicable, timely, evidence-based scholarly projects
  • Honor and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional interactions
  • Contribute significant expertise and knowledge in their discipline
  • Collaborate interprofessionally and communicate effectively with strong written and verbal skills
  • Develop advanced skills in data collection and analysis, drawing thoughtful conclusions and articulating clear action plans to promote meaningful change
  • Apply learned leadership competencies to their roles as strategic change agents, scholars, collaborators, educators, and advisors
  • Consider how their actions impact our increasingly global community
  • Clearly articulate diverse theories of evidence-based practice and knowledge

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the doctor of science program include the following: 

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to apply appropriate techniques of scholarly inquiry in diverse interprofessional settings; 
  • Demonstrate the importance of ongoing assessment, strategic planning, and sustainable action plans related to organizational improvement;
  • Employ techniques and protocols that lead to the improvement of quality care for all patients;
  • Integrate critical thinking techniques along with advancing knowledge and skills to evaluate problems effectively and implement meaningful innovations in healthcare systems;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in interprofessional clinical practice and management settings;
  • Develop a sense of scholarly professional ethics and incorporate those ethical standards in their practice settings;
  • Describe strategic methods to promote advocacy, diversity, equity, and inclusion in interprofessional clinical settings.



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 |