Take your clinical degree to the next level with an academic doctorate.

The Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) and Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) programs are designed for working health science clinicians and educators that hold a master’s or doctorate in a clinical field. Our program offers curricula in research design and implementation, and a choice of clinical leadership or educational leadership tracks. Alumni are poised for careers as leaders in clinical settings and health sciences educators.

Accelerated program

Built for working clinicians and educators

Interprofessional courses

Accelerate your career trajectory in leadership at Pacific.

The path to becoming a DMSc starts with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree from an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant Program. The path to becoming a DHSc starts with a master’s or doctorate in a clinical discipline from an accredited institution. The School of Health Sciences offers the DMSc and DHSc to highly qualified applicants seeking career growth in clinical or academic settings.

12-15+ Months full-time

3-4+ Trimesters

25 Students matriculate each January

About the Program

The DHSC program will be taught 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Synchronous sessions will be delivered one day of the week during standard business hours (PST).  

The most unique factor of our DMSc/DHSc program is the interprofessional education design. The program will admit students from a wide variety of health professions. Students will learn with, from, and about other professions during every phase of their training. This model will train health professionals ready to live and work across disciplinary and professional boundaries in health care.

Learning Objectives

The program will prepare students to:

  1. Respond to complex ideas or situations utilizing evidence, reflection, and ethically sound reasoning
  2. Advance leadership development
  3. Create and disseminate knowledge through scholarly endeavors
  4. Apply educational theory to student-centered instruction and ongoing assessment of effectiveness (Education Track)
  5. Implement practice-based improvement to Health as a part of a health care team (Clinical Leadership Track)

Apply for the DMSc and DHSc programs through the online GradCAS application portal.

Why choose DHSc/DMSc at Pacific?
  • Reputation of excellence in healthcare education at Pacific
  • Student Centered Learning
  • Location, few opportunities for doctoral training in health sciences on the west coast
  • Career advancement in clinical and academic settings
  • Opportunity to train in an interprofessional program
  • Online learning for working professionals
Mark Christiansen

Mission, Vision, Values

The mission of the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) program is to expand the depth and breadth of knowledge of health professionals to facilitate advancement of their profession. The program will prepare leaders in the health sector, train students in an interprofessional education model, be delivered in an innovative online format, and help the School of Health Sciences (SHS) prepare the faculty we want to hire and retain.


More information about admission to these programs, including prerequisite courses and other application requirements, will be forthcoming.

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University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC reaffirmed Institutional Accreditation in June 2019. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2027.

The DMSc and DHSc programs are currently pending WASC approval, and anticipate to launch in Spring 2023.

Non-Discrimination Disclosure

In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the university considers students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and those seeking access to university programs on the basis of individual merit. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, color, language use, religion, religious creed, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, cancer-related or genetic-related medical condition, disability, pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, citizenship status, military service status, or any other status protected by law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). 

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