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2023-24 ATSU University Catalog 
2023-24 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences (Online), DHSc

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Doctor of Health Sciences

The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) is a post-professional degree designed for master’s or doctorate prepared health professionals. The program aims to develop and enhance the professional skills needed to provide competent leadership in today’s challenging healthcare systems. This advanced degree prepares graduates to better understand and effectively engage in efforts targeting healthcare, wellness, health promotion, health education, public health, and research. The DHSc program provides current health professionals with the knowledge and skills to excel in project management, decision-making, organizational leadership, establishing evidence-based standards, and gaining the competencies to apply research to professional practice.

Students have the opportunity to focus on one of three concentration areas, which include global health, leadership and organizational behavior, and fundamentals of education. The program also promotes application of research to professional practice through completion of an Applied Research Project (ARP). The ARP consists of five courses within the program of study.

Program Purpose, Vision, and Goals


The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education for healthcare professionals, preparing students to be effective leaders and change agents in a variety of health settings. The program offers innovative curriculum in a flexible, asynchronous format to best meet student needs. Courses are facilitated by experienced faculty through an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach. Coursework prepares students to critically analyze ongoing domestic and global challenges of access, cost, education and quality in healthcare, and builds competencies to skillfully evaluate, plan and implement solutions to these challenges.  


The DHSc program has adopted the vision statement of the College of Graduate Heath Studies, adapting it to the program:

The DHSc program will be the preeminent online program for leaders in the health professions. We will provide a contemporary and flexible curriculum that empowers our students to translate knowledge to meet the growing needs of domestic and global health and wellness.


Goals of the DHSc program are to provide an online environment that:

  1. Promotes diversity of student experiences.
  2. Fosters student success.
  3. Honors professionalism and ethical practice.
  4. Supports a curriculum that develops critical and analytical thinking skills through an integrative approach of instruction, research, and evidence-based resources. 
  5. Promotes and supports excellence in faculty performance in teaching, scholarship, and service.

Length of Program

The Doctor of Health Sciences program consists of 19 courses, or 70 credit hours.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is due the first day of class. The tuition due each semester is based on the credit hours being taken by the student during that specific semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year. For more information on Student Account Collection, please reference ATSU Policy #50-112 within the Financial Policies  section of this catalog.

Cost of attendance (COA), or budget is an estimated amount of all expenses for a period of enrollment. A budget, including all COA elements has been calculated for each program approved to certify for Title IV funding. An expense worksheet is also provided so students can calculate how the estimated cost of attendance will align with their actual costs and help to budget accordingly.

Tuition Student Technology Fee
$610 per credit hour $38 per credit hour

Program Outcomes

Demonstrate advanced knowledge in health sciences fields, scholarship, and evidence-based practice.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing and disseminating health sciences research.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge in critical analytical thinking skills in foundational areas of health sciences. 
  3. Demonstrate advanced and effective skills in communication, professionalism, ethical practice, systematic thought, and writing.


Descriptions and Credit Values

A typical course schedule consists of the following. Additional course options may be available and listed below under Other Courses.

Other Courses and Concentration Courses

Concentration #1 - Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Concentration courses for new students starting Fall Block 1, 2021

Concentration #2 - Global Health

Concentration courses for new students starting Fall Block 1, 2021

Concentration #3 - Fundamentals of Education

Concentration courses for new students starting Fall Block 1, 2021

Concentration #4 - Generalist

Concentration courses for new students starting Fall Block 1, 2021.

  • Select any 3 courses from the HSc concentration areas.

Leadership & Organizational Behavior Concentration Courses

Global Health Concentration Courses

Fundamentals of Education Concentration Courses

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