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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science

D.H.Sc. to Ph.D. Path

Students who entered the NSU Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) program before August 2015 have the option of completing the D.H.Sc. program only (60-61 credits), depending on when they entered the program), completing both degrees sequentially (94-99 credits), or taking the joint core courses for the D.H.Sc./Ph.D. and then continuing on for the Ph.D.only (74 credits).

All D.H.Sc. students who entered the D.H.Sc. program before August 2015, must officially request entrance to the program in writing to the Ph.D. program director.  The required following documents must be submitted to the Ph.D. program director:

The student’s transcript will be reviewed to confirm the successful completion of all D.H.Sc. coursework. The Ph.D. admissions committee will make the recommendation on admission.

Forty (40) semester credit hours are shared between D.H.Sc and the Ph.D. in Health Science programs. Forty-four (44) credits will apply if DHS 8040 is transferred to the Ph.D. program to replace HPH 7200 Ethics.  Current D.H.Sc. students will need at least 31 additional credits for Ph.D. completion.

Core Block One

Students must choose either DHS 8090 or DHS 8095 and take the six additional courses to fulfill the Core Block One requirements.

Course NameSemester Hours
DHS 8000: Professional Competencies in the Clinical Care of Diverse and Special Populations
This course includes a discussion and analysis of the impact of ethnic and cultural issues on healthcare delivery systems. An in depth analysis of the barriers faced by healthcare providers when presented with a diverse ethnic population is presented. Critical analysis of the different cultural perceptions of disease and treatment is given, and the need for developing a cultural sensitivity is explored. The student is expected to gain knowledge of cultural differences and the need to respect the background of the patient when formulating treatment plans. The student will be required to research a chosen topic on a diverse population and their impact on the healthcare system. Chat sessions and discussion boards are a required portion of this course.
4
DHS 8010: Statistics and Research Methods
This is a required summer institute course. This course allows the student to develop understanding through critical analysis of the basic research methods used in health care. Students will be taught how to critically analyze medical information and perform effective literature reviews. Students will select a health care topic and do a review of the literature. The review will be a t least 10 pages and will include a minimum of 20 references from books and journals. The student will utilize the NSU electronic library to the references. Discussion boards are a required part of this course.
4
DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work with communities to improve health status of the community. Major topics will include health promotion and disease prevention. Special emphasis will be placed on the "Healthy People 2010" initiatives. Students will be required to complete a paper of at least 20 pages based on an intervention strategy from "Healthy People 2010." The paper will include an introduction, review of the literature, discussion, and conclusion in chapter form. Discussion boards are a required part of this course.
4
DHS 8080: Conflict Resolution in Healthcare
This is a required summer institute course. This course examines and analyzes the nature and dynamics of human conflict within civil societies. Emphasis is placed upon conflicts within and among governments and public sector agencies and between the health provider, patients and medical institutions. Students will be expected to take an active role in the course and develop their own strategies for dealing with conflict. A paper will be required that details and analyzes a conflict situation in the student's work or other environment and how the conflict was resolved.
4
DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management
This course critically examines the dynamics of healthcare in the U.S. The student is expected to analyze the healthcare industry and contrast non-profit and for-profit healthcare delivery systems. A critical exploration of the ramifications of healthcare reform and the impact on institutions and individuals will be undertaken. The concepts of cost containment, and long-term care will be analyzed. The student will be expected to write a paper on healthcare reform and managed care that is at least 10 pages in length and provides an informed opinion on future directions of health care reform. The paper should address the question as to what new directions managed care may go in and what the future of health care reform is.
4
DHS 8095: Global Health Policy
Globalization affects all sectors including health care and understanding the key policy issues is essential in the study of global health. This course examines the health policy issues confronting international health organizations, financial institutions, governments and specific populations. It reviews the processes that influence the development and implementation of policies, and examines specific topics related to HIV/AIDS, conflict, infectious disease, smoking, and concerns of food distribution, reproductive health/safety and other global major health concerns. On a weekly basis, the student will evaluate information that is available through a variety of internet sites and reference materials to develop a short 3-5 page paper that demonstrates an understanding of the topic. Each student will also complete two health policy analysis papers (8-10 pages each) and participate in weekly discussions based on current policy issues.
4
DHS 8110: Community, Environmental and Occupational Health
Issues such as air and water quality and waste management will be examined. OSHA will be examined and analyzed for its impact on health and health care. Trends in environmental and occupational health legislation will be examined for their impact potential. Students will participate by contacting one of their senators or House of Representatives member for an environmental statement, and then write a critical analysis.
4
DHS 8170: Leadership in Healthcare
This is a required summer institute course. This course explores the various methods of leadership and management, both in and out of healthcare, and their impact on productivity, profitability and employee satisfaction. Critical analysis of the different types of leadership and management theories is given and the need for developing a leadership plan is explored. The student is expected to gain knowledge of the various types of leaders and systems and will be required to research and develop a paper on a specific leadership theory.
4

Core Block Two

DHS 8810 and one of the following general core courses are required.

Course NameSemester Hours
DHS 8190: Healthcare Education
This course explores the various theories and applications of adult education in the practice of training, preprofessional education, and postprofessional education of medical personnel. Critical analysis of the different methods of teaching and training healthcare professionals is accomplished through discussion, research, investigation, journal development, and assignments. The capstone of the course will be to develop a 10 page paper on a specific method of educating health care professionals. Chat sessions and discussion boards are a required portion of this course.
4
DHS 8400: Global Health Issues
Global healthcare is an emerging priority for health professional education programs and clinical practice. It is essential for all healthcare professionals to understand the impact of global health issues on health care and international economic stability. This course explores the many facets of global health to expose the student to the complexity of the concepts that impact healthcare in developing and developed countries. On a weekly basis, the student will evaluate information that is available through a variety of internet sites and develop a short 3-5 page paper that demonstrates an understanding of the topic. Each student will complete a course paper (20-25 pages) on an international health topic of their choice that includes an analysis of related policy, relevant statistical data, summary of programs and a thorough discussion of issues.
4
DHS 8750: Patient Safety
Leadership plays a key role in adopting practices to promote patient safety, and leaders should have the skills necessary to be effective in the implementation of these practices. This course will focus on patient safety through a study of safety- oriented leadership, organizational culture, human factors, decision-making science, communication, and a systems approach to health care delivery. Current best practice models and the latest professional literature emphasizing patient safety will be featured.
4
DHS 8800: Health Care Informatics
The application of computers and technology in health care has become increasingly critical to patient care over the past two decades. There is no area of health care that does not rely on this discipline to some extent. This course explores the field of informatics and technology in health care. Emphasis will be placed on applications that directly impact health care delivery. Through assigned readings, a research paper, a special demonstration project, discussion board postings and group chat sessions; the learner will be expected to demonstrate a broad knowledge of health care informatics and technology applications and educational needs, as well as present their own experiences. Participants will use knowledge gained to evaluate technology and create business case analyses to propose to their organization.
4
DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology
This course emphasizes the underlying concepts of the epidemiologic approach as it relates to pertinent global health issues. The student will be introduced to principles and methods of epidemiologic research. These include study designs, measures of frequency, association, impact and sources of error. Application to global health and public health strategies for disease prevention, surveillance and control are discussed.
4
Course NameSemester Hours
HPH 7300: Biostatistics I
The application of quantitative techniques has expanded rapidly in medical decision making. The emphasis on evidence-based health care means that health care workers must be able to evaluate the results from published health care research studies. This course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with the knowledge of quantitative techniques. The course will cover descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, and basic nonparametric statistics and provide an introduction to linear modeling.
 3
HPH 7310: Biostatistics II
The aim of this course is to enable students to appreciate the richness of statistical science and to invite them to the concept of probabilistic thinking. Statistics is the science of the future. Any technique that they are going to learn will help them to understand the unknown better, and in turn it will increase their success in other courses and in future professional careers. Principles of statistical inference build upon the course Fundamentals of Biostatistics. As such, a prerequisite for enrolling in this course is satisfactory completion of Fundamentals of Biostatistics. The goals of this course are threefold: (1) introduce the basic concepts of probability as well as methods for calculating the probability of an event, (2) assist students in developing an understanding of probability theory and sampling distributions, and (3) familiarize students about inferences involving one or two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-square tests.
3
HPH 7400: Research Design
The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the basic methods and approaches used in health care research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. The course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. It will prepare students to critically evaluate published literature, and to design sound research studies. The course will be both theoretical and applied. Students will be challenged to apply the theoretical concepts presented in the classroom and in the readings to design a study to address a health related issue of their choice.
3
HPH 7410: Qualitative Research Design
This course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies needed to conduct qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit students will immerse themselves in the epistemological, theoretical, ethical, methodological, and procedural understanding of qualitative research, apply this knowledge to the conceptualization and conduct of qualitative research, report the findings of the research in the form of a research article, and appraise the quality of such qualitative research products. Upon completion of the course students will demonstrate that they have mastered the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a qualitative research dissertation.
3
HPH 7500: Philosophy of Science
This course covers schools of thoughts in philosophy of science. To address the need of laying the foundation for the generation and expansion of new professional knowledge that will guide evidence-based practice for the health professions, this course also covers topics on the acceptance of theories in the scientific community and epistemology of applied scientific inquiry. This course is designed to allow PhD students in the health professions to gain appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of unity in science, to be able to apply philosophical frameworks and epistemological paradigms in their future research, and to eventually become a creative researcher in his or her area of practice.

OR

HPH 7600: Grants and Publications
This course is designed to provide writing experiences which prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process from proposal to funding to management will include project management, funding sources, and funding challenges. Other course requirements include a research proposal (manuscript) that is ready for submission for publication and development of a dissertation proposal.
3
Course NameSemester Hours
HSP 9006: Evidence-Based Medical Practice
This course provides a working knowledge of evidence-based medicine. Cases will be used as the backbone of this course to assist the student in analyzing data to justify the treatments used in clinical practice. Students will also learn to critically appraise the literature, evaluate diagnostic test performance, design clinical pathways and standard of care, and implement evidenced based medicine findings in their own clinical or administrative setting.
4
HSP 9007 - Research Practicum
Research Practicum requires students to conduct a research activity under faculty member supervision. Objectives include ability to critically review literature, to abstract salient points from literature and present them cogently, to summarize conceptual and methodological issues in the literature, to formulate a research problem derived from the literature, to derive research hypotheses from research questions, to develop a research methodology, to test stated hypotheses, to implement research methodology, to analyze and interpret data, and to write research in APA style.
4
HSP 9010 - Research Practicum Continued
Students who do not complete HSP 9007 in the required 16 weeks must enroll in HSP 9010. A charge of 2 credits for continuing service will be made to maintain the student's full time status in the Ph.D. program. Students' progress through Research Practicum Continued will increase their total number of degree credits beyond the required 67. Students who do not successfully complete. HPS 9010 in one semester may be dismissed from the program.
2 cr. cont. service charge
HSP 9008 - Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive examination is a written examination that students take after the completion of all the required Ph.D. in Health Science course work, and before beginning the dissertation phase of the Ph.D. program.  It is designed to evaluate a student's ability to demonstrate that he or she is a suitable candidate for a Ph.D students to move to advanced standing and begin dissertation research.
0
HSP 9011, 9012, 9013, 9014, 9015, and 9016 - Dissertation
The dissertation is scheduled as 6 courses over two years.  This includes the dissertation preparation seminar, proposal, dissertation, and oral defense. Students will conduct original research in an area of the student's expertise or concentration, as approved by the program chair and dissertation committee, and have with verification of presentation or publication.  The dissertation will culminate with an oral final defense, which will occur in person at the summer or winter institute, or on the main campus.  The oral defense must be arranged at least 45 days in advance.  Process and requirements are detailed in the Health Professions College of Health Care Sciences Dissertation Guide.
12
HSP 9017 Dissertation Continuation
For any additional semester after the initial 6 courses, students will register for a dissertation continuation course with a continuing service charge to maintain the students' full time enrollment. At the end of each semester, students who demonstrate forward progress on their dissertation will earn a PR (in progress) grade. Students who do not demonstrate forward progress will earn a NPR (not in progress) grade. Students who earn a NPR grade in any dissertation course may register for the next semester, although they may not be eligible for Federal funds. Students' progress through dissertation continuation may increase their total number of degree credits beyond the required for degree completion.
2 cr. Cont. service charge

Transferable Courses for D.H.Sc. students who entered the D.H.Sc. program before August 2015

Only DHS 8040: Professionalism and Healthcare Ethics will transfer to the Ph.D. program to replace the HPH 7200 Ethics.

D.H.Sc. graduates seeking entrance into the Ph.D. program will follow the separate Ph.D. admission requirements and application procedures. D.H.Sc. graduates may need to complete DHS core courses as non-degree seeking students before beginning the HPD Ph.D. core research courses.

HPD Ph.D. Research Core

Course NameSemester Hours
HPH 7300: Biostatistics I
The application of quantitative techniques has expanded rapidly in medical decision making. The emphasis on evidence-based health care means that health care workers must be able to evaluate the results from published health care research studies. This course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with the knowledge of quantitative techniques. The course will cover descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, and basic nonparametric statistics and provide an introduction to linear modeling.
3
HPH 7310: Biostatistics II
The aim of this course is to enable students to appreciate the richness of statistical science and to invite them to the concept of probabilistic thinking. Statistics is the science of the future. Any technique that they are going to learn will help them to understand the unknown better, and in turn it will increase their success in other courses and in future professional careers. Principles of statistical inference build upon the course Fundamentals of Biostatistics. As such, a prerequisite for enrolling in this course is satisfactory completion of Fundamentals of Biostatistics. The goals of this course are threefold: (1) introduce the basic concepts of probability as well as methods for calculating the probability of an event, (2) assist students in developing an understanding of probability theory and sampling distributions, and (3) familiarize students about inferences involving one or two populations, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-square tests.
3
HPH 7400: Research Design
The course will provide students with a basic understanding of the basic methods and approaches used in health care research. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies. The course will cover ethics, formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. It will prepare students to critically evaluate published literature, and to design sound research studies. The course will be both theoretical and applied. Students will be challenged to apply the theoretical concepts presented in the classroom and in the readings to design a study to address a health related issue of their choice.
3
HPH 7410: Qualitative Research Design
This course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skill competencies needed to conduct qualitative research successfully. In this pursuit students will immerse themselves in the epistemological, theoretical, ethical, methodological, and procedural understanding of qualitative research, apply this knowledge to the conceptualization and conduct of qualitative research, report the findings of the research in the form of a research article, and appraise the quality of such qualitative research products. Upon completion of the course students will demonstrate that they have mastered the basic competencies needed to create, plan, and complete a qualitative research dissertation.
3
HPH 7500: Philosophy of Science
This course covers schools of thoughts in philosophy of science. To address the need of laying the foundation for the generation and expansion of new professional knowledge that will guide evidence-based practice for the health professions, this course also covers topics on the acceptance of theories in the scientific community and epistemology of applied scientific inquiry. This course is designed to allow PhD students in the health professions to gain appreciation for the philosophical underpinnings of unity in science, to be able to apply philosophical frameworks and epistemological paradigms in their future research, and to eventually become a creative researcher in his or her area of practice.

OR

HPH 7600: Grants and Publications
This course is designed to provide writing experiences which prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process from proposal to funding to management will include project management, funding sources, and funding challenges. Other course requirements include a research proposal (manuscript) that is ready for submission for publication and development of a dissertation proposal.
3
HPH 7700 – Tests and Measurements
The course provides a foundation in the basic principles of measurement with a focus on how to assess and control for error through research design methods and statistical analysis. Students will explore test construction and parsimonious data analysis methods to develop an understanding for designing instruments and assessment tools. A focus on issues specific to measurement error in the medical science will also be examined throughout the course.
3

Health Science Research Core

Course NameSemester Hours
HSP 9001 – Behavioral Theories in Health Science
The purpose of this course is to understand health behavior theories to make decisions on appropriate theories that will guide dissertation research questions and methodology, data analysis, and interpretation.  This course presents behavior theories commonly used in the analysis of health care sciences research data.  Emphasis is on understanding and applying these concepts and techniques to dissertation and other research data through writing in APA style.
3
HSP 9002 – Survey Methodology
This course introduces students to a set of principles of survey methodology that are the basis of standard practices in the field.  The course provides guidelines for developing survey objectives, designing survey studies, sampling respondents, and administering surveys.  Emphasis is on the skills and resources needed to design and conduct a survey.
3
HSP 9004 – Research Ethics
This course introduces students to ethics concepts as they apply to questions and challenges in conducting research with human subjects. The aim is to increase students' awareness of and ability to reason through ethical issues that arise in human subjects research.  The course will draw upon historical examples, codes, declarations, and other sources of ethical guidance including discussions of contemporary controversies in human subjects research.
3
HSP 9007 - Research Practicum
Research Practicum requires students to conduct a research activity under faculty member supervision. Objectives include ability to critically review literature, to abstract salient points from literature and present them cogently, to summarize conceptual and methodological issues in the literature, to formulate a research problem derived from the literature, to derive research hypotheses from research questions, to develop a research methodology, to test stated hypotheses, to implement research methodology, to analyze and interpret data, and to write research in APA style.
4
HSP 9010 - Research Practicum Continued
Students who do not complete HSP 9007 in the required 16 weeks must enroll in HSP 9010. A charge of 2 credits for continuing service will be made to maintain the student's full-time status in the Ph.D. program. Students' progress through Research Practicum Continued will increase their total number of degree credits beyond the required 67. Students who do not successfully complete HPS 9010 in one semester may be dismissed from the program.
2 cr. cont. service charge
HSP 9008 - Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive examination is a written examination that students take after the completion of all the required Ph.D. in Health Science course work, and before beginning the dissertation phase of the Ph.D. program.  It is designed to evaluate a student's ability to demonstrate that he or she is a suitable candidate for a Ph.D. degree.  Successful completion of the comprehensive examination is required for students to move to advanced standing and begin dissertation research.
0
HSP 9011, 9012, 9013, 9014, 9015, and 9016 – Dissertation
The dissertation is scheduled as 6 courses over two years.  This includes the dissertation preparation seminar, proposal, dissertation, and oral defense. Students will conduct original research in an area of the student's expertise or concentration, as approved by the program chair and dissertation committee, and have with verification of presentation or publication.  The dissertation will culminate with an oral final defense, which will occur in person at the summer or winter institute, or on the main campus.  The oral defense must be arranged at least 45 days in advance.  Process and requirements are detailed in the Health Professions College of Health Care Sciences Dissertation Guide.
12
HSP 9017 Dissertation Continuation
For any additional semester after the initial 6 courses, students will register for a dissertation continuation course with a continuing service charge to maintain the students' full time enrollment. At the end of each semester, students who demonstrate forward progress on their dissertation will earn a PR (in progress) grade. Students who do not demonstrate forward progress will earn a NPR (not in progress) grade. Students who earn a NPR grade in any dissertation course may register for the next semester, although they may not be eligible for Federal funds. Students' progress through dissertation continuation may increase their total number of degree credits beyond the required for degree completion.
2 cr. Cont. service charge

D.H.Sc. graduates need a minimum of 43credits, successful passage of the comprehensive exam, and a dissertation with an in-person, oral defense for Ph.D. degree completion.