The Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) degree was developed specifically for the allied health professional (certified/licensed), advanced practice clinician 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 professions education program. (The Doctor of Medical Science, or DMSc, program is a similar program designed specifically for physician assistants.)

The fully-online Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) Program is 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.

The Doctor of Healthcare Science degree 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.

The coursework for the four-semester DMSc and DHSc degrees is the same, but different degrees are awarded because the DMSc degree is associated specifically with physician assistants. The DMSc is only available to licensed physician assistants — all other students will earn the DHSc.


The DHSc program is accredited as part of Pacific University’s institutional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and subject to review by Pacific University’s Graduate Council.



Contact Us


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 |