The DMSc and DHSc programs include 36 credits for degree completion. The curriculum is designed for working health science clinicians and educators. The DHSc program is designed with two points of entry into the program; a 36-unit program that begins in the first trimester, and an advanced standing 27-unit program that begins in the second trimester. The program will offer two tracks, clinical leadership and education. All curricula will be delivered online in a combination of asynchronous and synchronous formats.   

Students will be evaluated for advanced standing based on their transcripts. The first trimester courses will be offered as online asynchronous courses in topics foundational to success in the program. The first trimester courses can be taken by anyone admitted to the program that lacks equivalent coursework for advanced standing or anyone that would like to refresh in these foundational topics. Students with course work more than 6 years old may request a waiver from the program director per institutional policy.

Course Sequences

Trimester 1 36-unit program start Units
DMSC/DHSC 331 Foundations of Behavioral Science 3
DMSC/DHSC 332 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 3
DMSC/DHSC 333 Foundations of Professional Practice and Health Systems 3
  Total 9
Trimester 2 27-unit program start (Advanced Standing)  
DMSC/DHSC 300 Healthcare Leadership 3
DMSC/DHSC 380 Science of Teaching and Learning 3
DMSC/DHSC 390 Doctoral Project 1: Research Design 3
  Total 9
Trimester 3    
DMSC/DHSC 310 Business of Healthcare 3
DMSC/DHSC 382 Instructional Design and Assessment 3
DMSC/DHSC 392 Doctoral Project 2: Research Methods 3
  Total 9
Trimester 4    
  Required Elective 3
DMSC/DHSC 384 Program Design and Assessment 3
DMSC/DHSC 394 Doctoral Project 3: Scholarly Writing 3
  Total 9
  Sequence Total 36


 

Electives   Units
DMSC/DHSC 320 Behavioral Health in Practice (3)
  Additional Electives TBD  

Trimester 1 36-unit program start Units
DMSC/DHSC 331 Foundations of Behavioral Science 3
DMSC/DHSC 332 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 3
DMSC/DHSC 333 Foundations of Professional Practice and Health Systems 3
  Total 9
Trimester 2 27-unit program start (Advanced Standing)  
DMSC/DHSC 300 Healthcare Leadership 3
DMSC/DHSC 370 Health Promotion in Practice 3
DMSC/DHSC 390 Doctoral Project 1: Research Design 3
  Total 9
Trimester 3    
DMSC/DHSC 310 Business of Healthcare 3
DMSC/DHSC 372 Applied Interprofessional Practice 3
DMSC/DHSC 392 Doctoral Project 2: Research Methods 3
  Total 9
Trimester 4    
  Required Elective 3
DMSC/DHSC 374 Applied Clinical Reasoning 3
DMSC/DHSC 394 Doctoral Project 3: Scholarly Writing 3
  Total 9
  Sequence Total 36


 

Electives   Units
DMSC/DHSC 320 Behavioral Health in Practice (3)
  Additional Electives TBD  

All students will complete a doctoral project suitable for peer-reviewed publication, not a dissertation or thesis. We value the practical skills that students will gain by completing a rigorous doctoral project in collaboration with a faculty advisor with expertise in the topic. The Doctoral Project in our program is modeled after the “thesis by article” concept that values contributions to the field of study in the form of publications.