What is a Doctor of Healthcare Science?

The Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) is a clinical doctorate degree designed for clinical practitioners and healthcare administrators who are interested in pursuing leadership within their organizations and beyond.

Students in the DHSc program will develop the skills to apply evidence-based decision-making to solve problems in their workplaces, understand the principles and tools for quality improvement in healthcare, and build the skills needed to positively impact the healthcare system. Students in this program also get to choose their area of interest in their research and clinical practicum courses. 

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.