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Online Doctor of Health Science

Doctor of Health Science Curriculum (DHSc)

Core Requirements (36 Semester Credits)

Course Description

The course provides an orientation to the Doctorate of Health Science program, and the application of the scholar practitioner model. Utilizing various methods, students develop an understanding of the history of health promotion and disease prevention by examining biological, psychological, behavioral, and socio-cultural factors that influence and impact the development of healthy communities and populations from a practitioners perspective. A brief history of health, the impact of policy on health, and an overview of the implementation and evaluation of health programs and its relationship to today’s health professionals will be examined.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students examine health behavior and health education theories and models relevant to health science professionals. Students will explore a scholar-practitioner approach and associated health theories to chronic and infectious diseases.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students explore ethics and professional leadership necessary to excel as health science professionals across multiple environments. Students will explore techniques and tools to address a variety of contemporary ethical concerns in the field of health science.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an overview of health informatics. Students will explore the role of technology in consumer services (patient care) and medical care (healthcare marketplace). This course will also explore new and emerging trends in health technology as well as a range of healthcare informatics.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course provides students with an in-depth examination of program development and evaluation for health professionals. Students learn application to theory in developing and evaluating a health promotion program. Special emphasis is on program development and evaluation utilizing managerial skills.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides students the opportunity to apply basic principles and methods of epidemiology across various health science domains. Special emphasis will be placed on study designs, measures of frequency, and their application in assessing health phenomena.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students examine domestic and international policy and legislation that impacts human health such as economic environments contributing to the labor force, health care systems, and disease prevention. Special emphasis is on current global health challenges and policies.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to biostatistics for health professionals. Course content will present descriptive and inferential statistics which are the fundamental concepts for more advanced doctoral work.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students receive an introduction to the fields of environmental and occupational health. Special emphasis is placed on the recognition and prevention of diseases across multiple environments coupled with examining special risk populations in terms of disease and injury.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students learn quantitative research methods and analytical techniques useful for health science professionals. Special emphasis is on application of these learned skillsets to address real-world health disparities. The concepts and techniques used in this course may serve as foundational tools for the doctoral research project.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides students with an in-depth examination of the qualitative research methods and analytical techniques which includes but not limited to ethnographies and focus groups. Students have an opportunity to apply learned qualitative research skills to address current real-world health disparities. The concepts and techniques used in this course may serve as foundational tools for the doctoral research project.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students explore survey design as a necessary tool for a health science professional.
Students learn to assess instruments via literature useful in determining factors of interest to the health science professional such as biological, psychological, behavioral, and socio-cultural. Concepts learned in this course may be applicable for use in the doctoral research project. This is a transitional course to the doctoral research project proposal development phase, which means students are introduced to the Doctoral Management System (DMS) for the selection of a Chair and completion of their research project.

Credits

3

Proposal Development (6 Semester Credits)

Course Description

In this course, students work independently with their Chair through their desired research project. Students identify and begin to prepare a research project applicable to the health science field. Students work closely with their Chair to develop and build a conceptual model relevant to their research topic with fundamental supportive literature.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course students will continue to work with their faculty Chair and committee members. In this phase of the research project, students will finalize the methods they will use to carry out the project. During this phase, students will present their research project to their Chair and committee for their research project oral proposal defense. Upon completion of the proposal defense, students will submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application for approval. Students should continue to enhance previous work while the application to IRB is pending.

Credits

3

Doctoral Research Project (6 Semester Credits)

Course Description

In this course, students continue to work with the Chair and committee members on the proposed research project. Students will work on data collection as applicable to complete their project and begin forming an analytic plan. Additionally, students simultaneously work on strengthening other portions of their project, e.g., enhanced literature review etc.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this final phase of the doctoral program, students finalize and orally defend their research project. Students should submit a completed project to their Chair no later than the 4th week of the session. Students will work with the Chair to schedule an oral defense where the student will present their completed research project.

Credits

3

Tuition Information

TUW’s tuition for the Doctorate of Health Science is $700 per semester credit unit.

Your employer may offer a tuition assistance program so speak with your human resource representative to find out if financial support is available to you. A TUW Tuition Assistance Counselor is available to you in order to determine your eligibility for financial aid and other tuition assistance programs.

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Program Requirements

The program includes several phases. The first phase includes required courses in theoretical foundations in Health Science, contemporary topics in the field of healthcare, and applicable research for healthcare professionals.

Upon completion of the required courses, the student begins the first phase of the research project with each student working closely with a faculty chair and committee in completion of the research project phase proposal. In this phase, students personalize their academic journey for greater outcomes, by selecting a topic of interest applicable to lessons learned in their field and or developing skills specific to a research area of interest.

In the final phase, students finalize their research area of interest with a product that lends to real-world solutions while simultaneously achieving their desired goal in the program as a Doctor in the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) Program.

For additional information, please visit the TUW Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to enroll in Touro University Worldwide’s Doctor of Management program must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. Have earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution. If the degree was awarded oversees, it must be from an institution that is approved by the Ministry of Education.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the accredited Master’s Program

Students, who meet the above criteria, will be required to complete the following steps in order to be admitted and enrolled at TUW:

  1. Submit an application to the University.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institutions. Students who completed college coursework outside the United States must have their transcripts translated and evaluated. (See Foreign Credit for additional information.)
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation: one from someone familiar with the prospective student’s academic work; and a professional reference from someone who has supervised the prospective student in a work environment (preferably the current supervisor, excluding family members ).
  4. Submit a Doctoral Entrance Essay: The entrance essay is an essential part of the Doctoral Program and serves as the initial component of the student’s research portfolio. The entrance essay takes the form of a narrative presenting candidates’ biography, career plan, and goals in pursuing the doctorate at Touro University Worldwide.

The Doctoral Admissions Committee will evaluate the essay. Committee members seek evidence regarding critical qualities and abilities including:

  • Motivation, maturity of judgment, and creativity;
  • Evidence of a sound personal agenda that includes achievable personal and professional objectives;
  • Awareness of intellectual strengths as well as skills needing development;
  • Awareness of program requirements
  • Proficiency with standard written English including the ability to express concepts and communicate meaning in concise writing

The Doctoral Entrance Essay components should include the following:

  1. Biographical Component
    Earlier learning experiences, both formal and informal, should be described. Characterize in terms of the nature and general outcome prior study, related work experience, and participation in scholarly research (if any).
  2. Career Plan Component
    Explain how a doctoral-level education fits with stated career plan and goals. How will doctoral study, in conjunction with background and interests, further those goals?
  3. Goals in Pursuing the Doctorate
    Briefly discuss why the reasons for enrolling in doctoral study at Touro University Worldwide, including but not limited to:

    1. The reasons for selecting the TUW program rather than another doctoral program;
    2. The particular goals anticipated to be attained through completion of the doctoral curriculum;

Proposed topics being considered for the doctoral research project.