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 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 Healthcare Science degree 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).

The coursework for the 4-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 regional 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
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 |