The Doctor of Health Science degree provides healthcare professionals with the theory and skills to advance a career in health related administration, teaching, or clinical practice where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. This advanced degree will prepare graduates to better understand and effectively manage the ongoing challenges of access, cost, and quality in healthcare; and to skillfully analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate proposed solutions to these challenges. The focus is on critical analysis and evaluation of complex issues and challenges arising in professional practice. This program is intended to provide present healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to excel in project management, decision-making, managing organizational behavior, setting standards based on the evidence, and gaining the competence to apply research to their professional practice.
The Keiser University Doctor of Health Science program prepares healthcare professionals to effectively manage diverse populations and the ongoing challenges of access, cost, and quality in healthcare in the communities they serve; and to skillfully analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate proposed solutions to these challenges.
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Candidates for admission to the Doctor of Health Science program are required to hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Two (2) years of full-time managerial or professional experience in the healthcare field, two letters of recommendation from healthcare supervisors and an interview with Doctor of Health Science program faculty. An admission decision is based on a combination of a student’s graduate academic performance, professional experience, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores in support of their application. Please note: An interview is not granted to all applicants.
NOTE: Courses in the Doctor of Health Science program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Students are required to attend two on-campus residencies at specified times during the program.
To receive a Doctor of Health Science degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Fifty-four program hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:
|Health Core Courses (24 credit hours)|
|Delivery of Health Care to Diverse and Vulnerable Populations||3 credit hours|
|Cultural and Ethical Influences on Global Population Health||3 credit hours|
|Global Health Policy||3 credit hours|
|Health Policy and Health Economics||3 credit hours|
|Evidence-Based Health Care Practice||3 credit hours|
|Health Care Financing||3 credit hours|
|Health Informatics||3 credit hours|
|Global Health Systems (independent study)||3 credit hours|
|Leadership Courses (12 credit hours)|
|Management and Leadership Approaches||3 credit hours|
|In-Depth Exploration of Organizational Behavior||3 credit hours|
|Transformational Leadership||3 credit hours|
|Emerging Leadership Practices||3 credit hours|
|Research Courses (12 credit hours)|
|Foundations in Research Writing||3 credit hours|
|Methods & Analysis of Quantitative Research||3 credit hours|
|Survey Research Methods||3 credit hours|
|Mixed Methods (prerequisite DBR 800 & DBR 810)||3 credit hours|
|Dissertation Courses (12 credit hours)|
|Dissertation I: Pre-Proposal, Literature Review Chapter 1||3 credit hours|
|Methodology, Proposal||3 credit hours|
|Chapter 4||3 credit hours|
|Chapter 5, Defense||3 credit hours|
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