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Doctor of Science in Health Science
The semester begins: May 6, 2013
The Doctor of Science (DSc) in Health Science with clinical concentration areas in Athletic Training, Clinical Electrophysiology, Health Promotion and Wellness, Orthopaedic and Sports Science, and Pediatric Science develops evidence-based clinician-scientists with advanced clinical skills who can critically evaluate the literature and participate in the research process through identification of best practice in the concentration area and apply that to independent clinical research.
The core and concentration courses are designed to enhance clinical, research, teaching, and leadership skills. The program is designed for practitioners to continue professional work obligations during the program while attending six semesters of didactic work followed by completion of a dissertation. The dissertation will emphasize the application of scientific principles related to the evaluation, intervention and research of clinical problems seen in healthcare.
The purpose of the DSc in Health Science program is to prepare professionals from healthcare related fields as master clinicians, researchers, leaders, and educators. The program provides students with the ability to make contributions by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or presenting research at professional conferences. Students planning to enter an academic career will learn skills for effective teaching in academic healthcare programs.
The DSc in Health Science Program is committed to the development of the healthcare professional who can:
- Conduct and disseminate clinically sound, ethical, cost-effective research;
- Make significant and relevant contributions to the current body of scientific knowledge in their professional practice;
- Develop knowledge expertise in the area of dissertation interest;
- Influence ethical and legal management of healthcare through education of providers, consumers, and society at large;
- Enhance leadership abilities, including competence in the roles of clinician, researcher, educator, and leader;
- Describe and distinguish the various theories associated with the clinical concentration area.
- Core Courses: All students are required to complete research methods/biostatistics courses as well as required theory courses. These courses provide the foundation for the concentration courses and the research process.
- Concentration Courses: Students are required to select a concentration area before enrolling in the DSc program. Concentration courses are generally in the specific area of the applied research that the student will pursue.
- Athletic Training
- Clinical Electrophysiology
- Health Promotion & Wellness
- Orthopaedic & Sports Science
- Pediatric Science
Generally, all applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate level education.
- Have a master's degree or doctorate from an accredited college or university.
- Have a grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed during the master's or doctorate degree.
- Possess writing and oral communication skills sufficient to conduct and deliver the results of meaningful linical inquiry. Must submit an essay (no more than 500 words) that outlines professional goals. Statement should give reasons for selecting major field of study, specify how degree program would help meet his/her goals, and briefly discuss how he/she has stayed current with practice trends during the past several years.
- Possess information technology skills sufficient to effectively conduct clinical research.
- Have successfully completed, with a grade of B- or better, at least one course in Research Methods or Statistics at the Master's or higher level.
- Must possess a current certification/license (if applicable to field) and preferably have several years of clinical experience beyond their master’s degree preparation.
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation. One should be an academic recommendation and the other professional.