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DHSc - Doctor of Health Science

***The DHSc program is not accepting new students. The next admittance is planned for fall quarter of 2025. More information to follow.***

Program Overview

The Doctor of Health Science program is designed as an advanced doctoral degree open to a range of health professionals seeking leadership roles in the teaching/learning process of professional preparation programs or continuing professional education offerings in the healthcare fields. The aim of the program is for students to acquire skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams and advocates for best practice healthcare with a commitment to interprofessional practice.

Program Delivery

Coursework is predominantly online; however, instructors will schedule synchronous sessions to meet the goals and objectives of the course. Course instructors are drawn from the highly experienced faculty from multiple departments in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. This provides a rich exposure to interprofessional health care practice. Students and mentors are at liberty to schedule onsite sessions, especially during the student’s scholarship project development phase. 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. Students have many one-to-one mentorship opportunities via phone, online live meetings, or in person. Students should plan a course of study from 3-5 years out, given the Scholarship Project can be a protracted process.

Questions? Please contact:

Gladys Clapano-Mozdzonek
Program Manager and Advisor

Program Director:

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

Cohort size is limited to 10-15 students per fall admission.

Applicants should make a close review of the curriculum and faculty expertise to determine an appropriate fit as a doctoral program is a major commitment of effort, finances, and time. Applicants will get a close read of their materials submitted. Applicants need to articulate their reasons for pursing this degree, within this college, career plans, and research areas of interest. Review of applicants and offerings for admission goes beyond the minimum requirements to establish an interprofessional cohort.

See College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty profiles at the CNHP website under “Faculty.”


Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a master's degree or higher in a health related discipline in a health profession. Applicants must have a current, active US or Canadian license or credential to practice their discipline, where applicable. 

Applicants need to complete a standard graduate application including submission of the following:

  • College/university transcripts (all degrees) with minimal overall GPA of 3.0; higher preferred.
  • Copy of professional license (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, professors, or mentors that can speak to the candidate's interest and contributions to a health profession, ability to be successful in a doctoral program of this type, and commitment to interprofessional practice.  
  • CV or Resume
  • Personal statement reflecting:
    • career goals
    • how this program will enable you to contribute to the profession and society.
    • commitment to interprofessional practice among the healthcare professions.
    • topic of scholarship interest
      • Applicants are highly encouraged to review the programs, departments, and list of faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Professions to assess the best 'fit' for entering this program
 *Questions about the content of the personal statement can be directed to Dr. Stephen F. Gambescia, Director of the DHSc program at:


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