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DHSc - Doctor of Health Science

Program Overview

The Doctor of Health Science program is designed to be an advanced doctoral degree program open to health professionals seeking leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice. The aim of the program is to prepare health professionals to be leaders in healthcare by acquiring skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams and advocates for best practice.

Program Delivery

Coursework is predominantly online and may include onsite components arranged on preset weekdays or weekends during the curriculum, depending upon the student's topic of scholarship. Most of the coursework will be offered without pre- or co-requisites to maximize students' ability to balance their work and personal lives while completing the degree. Each student chooses an area of scholarship that matches the expertise of one of our faculty members; an arrangement that ensures optimal mentorship for the students.

The virtual, two-day Orientation will take place in September 16-17, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

Questions? Please contact:

Gladys Clapano-Mozdzonek

Program Director

Stephen F. Gambecia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES:

Cohort size is limited.
Submit your application now to be considered for the Fall 2020 start. Completed applications are reviewed upon receipt for early decisions.

Applicants are advised to identify their topic of scholarship interest and to review the list of Faculty Mentors to identify a potential fit with the mentor's area of research and expertise. Applicants are expected to reach out to potential Faculty Mentors to discuss shared research interests and potential collaboration prior to submitting an application to the program.  Applicants should include information regarding the faculty mentor 'fit' and research topic in their personal statement.

Faculty Mentors

Ellen Bass PhD, MS 
Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN (not currently accepting students)
Lisa Chiarello PT, PhD (not currently accepting students)
Beth Chiatti PhD, RN, CTN, CSN (not currently accepting students)
Fran Cornelius, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE
Diane D. DePew DSN, RN-BC
Danielle Devine PhD, RN
Jonathan Deutsch, PhD
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (not currently accepting students)
Ellen Feld, MD, FACP
Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, MEd, MBA, MHum, MCHES (not currently accepting students)
Ellen Giarelli, EdD, RN, MS, CRNP
Maryanne Godshall PhD, RN, CCRN, CPN, CNE
Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, RN (not currently accepting students)
Sherry Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (not currently accepting students)
Jodie L. Haak PhD
Chalice Rhodes, PhD, LPC, NCC  
Margery Lockard, PT, PhD, MS, BA  (not currently accepting students)
Marylou McHugh EdD, CNE, RN
Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD (not currently accepting students)
Kristine Mulhorn, PhD, MHSA
Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD  (not currently accepting students)
Carol Okupniak DNP, RN-BC
Constance Perry, PhD  (not currently accepting students)
Leland (Rocky) Rockstraw PhD, RN (not currently accepting students)
Deanna Schaffer, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Paulina Sockolow DrPH, MS, MBA
Deeptha Sukumar, PhD (not currently accepting students)
Denise Way DNP, MSN, RN
Mary Yost PhD, RN

*Seeking additional information regarding potential faculty mentors?  Contact Dr. Fran Cornelius, 267.359.5694 or

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a master's or clinical doctoral professional degree in a health profession.

Applicants must have a current, active US or Canadian license or credential to practice their discipline, where applicable. Additional materials/qualifications may be required depending upon the admitting department. Applicants would complete a standard graduate application including submission of the following:

  • Copy of professional license (if applicable)
  • College/university transcripts with minimal overall GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of recommendation from advisors, supervisors, professors, or mentors that can speak to the candidates contributions or potential contributions to the profession.
  • CV or Resume
  • Personal statement reflecting:
    • career goals
    • how this program will enable you to contribute to the profession and society.
    • topic of scholarship interest
      • Applicants are highly encouraged to review the list of faculty mentors and reach out to possible faculty mentors to discuss their topic of interest to determine if there is a 'fit'. 
      • Personal statement must identify faculty mentor(s) who have agreed to work with applicant and describe how scholarship area matches the research of one/two of the DHSc mentors.


       *Questions about the content of the personal statement can be directed to Dr. Fran Cornelius, 267.359.5694 or



Graduates of the Doctor of Health Science program will be prepared to:

  • Assume leadership positions in professional, academic, clinical and/or community organizations.
  • Educate students and practitioners in health sciences in academic, clinical, and community settings.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders, communities, and professionals in health and other fields, to advance interprofessional practice, education, and research.
  • Contribute to and disseminate scholarship for transfer of knowledge in the health sciences to promote excellence and best practice