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Doctor of Health Sciences Program

Program Overview

If you have a master’s degree or doctorate and are seeking further advancement, consider the online Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) program to refine your teaching and leadership skills for positions in academic and clinical settings. With a foundation in research, policy, and ethics, candidates will concentrate on Higher Education or Administration and Leadership to focus on the issues and controversies surrounding healthcare. The online DHS program is designed for a variety of healthcare professionals, as the interdisciplinary curriculum provides a rigorous study of research and scholarship that will provide a foundation for developing solutions to the complex challenges facing our healthcare community.

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When enrolled full time, candidates can expect to complete the program in three years. The MCPHS Online Doctor of Health Sciences program will be primarily online with two in-person residencies per year to focus on the dissertation, following topic approval. Candidates enrolled in the DHS program will:

  • Explore health sciences through a variety of modalities with access to multidisciplinary electives at the oldest institution of higher education in Boston
  • Develop research methods and applicable solutions to address the challenges of health sciences in either education or administration
  • Access cutting edge information, using library resources developed by dedicated personnel with one of the largest medical product libraries in the country


Following the approval of their dissertation topic, candidates will be expected to attend a one week residency, in-person, in both January and July until the dissertation is completed. Successful completion of the program includes the dissertation and dissertation defense, along with a comprehensive exam following the completion of all core courses.


Currently, MCPHS Online offers two concentrations within the Doctor of Health Sciences program.

  • Higher Education Teaching - Candidates pursuing a concentration in Higher Education Teaching will investigate the unique challenges and methods of teaching health sciences today. In addition to the core curriculum of the DHS program, candidates will focus on effective teaching models, advancements and applications of educational technology, as well as grant writing. A concentration in Higher Education Teaching will prepare students to take on a leadership role in higher education, teaching the next generation of health science professionals upon graduation.
  • Administration and Leadership - A concentration in Administration and Leadership allows candidates to assess the risks and challenges facing the modern health sciences industry. In addition to the core curriculum of the DHS program, candidates will explore strategic planning and organizational behavior, as well as foundations in management and finance, to reduce risk and improve the systems that allow for successful implementation of healthcare. Candidates pursuing a concentration in Administration and Leadership will be prepared to take on a leadership role in the future of the healthcare industry in both the private and public sector.


Candidates who successfully complete the MCPHS Online Doctor of Health Sciences program will be equipped to advance their careers in higher education and administration. Graduates may pursue educational opportunities such as teaching in higher education. Candidates will also be qualified for advanced managerial and administrative positions within private care facilities, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, clinical and research settings, and more.

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Candidates applying to the MCPHS Online Doctor of Health Sciences program must have:

  • Earned a master’s degree or doctorate from a regionally accredited university or recognized foreign university
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Proof of license or credential in healthcare and three to five years of health related work experience


Core Curriculum

  Public Policy and Healthcare 3 credits
  Writing for Healthcare Professionals 3 credits
  Research Design and Applied Statistics 4 credits
  Selected Issues and Controversies in Healthcare and Education 3 credits
  Organizational Development and Analysis 3 credits
  Ethics in Health Professions and Higher Education 3 credits
  Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
  Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
  Proposal Development Seminar 2 credits
  Dissertation Seminar I 2 credits
  Dissertation Seminar II 2 credits
  Dissertation Seminar III 2 credits
  Total Core Credit Hours: 33 credits

Elective Courses

Students will choose a minimum of 6 credits of electives. Courses must be 500-level or above. Suggested courses include:

  • Statistics or Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning and Cognition
  • Global Health and Implications for the US Healthcare System
  • Healthcare Law

Concentration in Higher Education Teaching

  Learning Theories 3 credits
  Curriculum Development and Assessment 3 credits
  Effective Teaching Models 3 credits
  Educational Technology 3 credits
  Grant Writing 3 credits
  Total Concentration Credit Hours: 15 credits

Concentration in Administration and Leadership

  Fundamentals of Financial Management in Healthcare 3 credits
  Healthcare Management 3 credits
  Risk Management 3 credits
  Strategic Planning and Organizational Behavior 3 credits
  Leadership Models 3 credits
  Total Concentration Credit Hours: 15 credits

Total Credit Hours: 54

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in this program at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is November 15 for a spring semester start. For fall semester consideration the priority filing date is June 1. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled and are now reviewing applications for a spring 2014 start.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


What credentials do I receive after completing the MCPHS Online Doctor of Health Sciences program?

Candidates who have successfully completed the program will receive his or her Doctor of Health Sciences, abbreviated DHS (as opposed to an MD or DHSc).


How much healthcare-related work experience is required to be eligible to apply for the certificate program?

The online DHS program has a prerequisite of 3 to 5 years healthcare-related work experience. We value any healthcare-related experience and encourage you to contact the Admission Office for consideration.


Is there a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?

Yes; you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for admission to the program.