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    Online Doctor of Health Science Degree

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Graduate - Doctoral Enrollment: 100 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice, Fax, WebCT Subject: Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    The Doctor of Health Science ( D.H.Sc.) Program is designed for the Master抯-prepared health care professional to provide advanced knowledge in the health sciences needed to expand career mobility and professional advancement.

    Doctoral prepared health professionals are highly recognized as valuable members of the health care team in administration, education, and health care practice. These health care professionals are playing a prominent and respected role in providing and administering community medical services. An increasing number of employers are seeking doctoral-level, academically prepared professionals to fill expanded roles that include clinical specialization, health education, and research and health care administration.

    The D.H.Sc. curriculum provides generalist education in health care provision and medically related areas. Under faculty guidance, students will demonstrate increased understanding of the overall delivery structure present in today抯 health care arena. The internship is designed by the student in collaboration with faculty and the program director to allow intense study in a specific area of health care, health education or administration. The practicum is also designed by the student in collaboration with faculty and the program director, and is a developmental project requiring research, planning, execution and evaluation.

    The program is designed for working health care professionals with a master's degree.


    The program requires completion of 60 credit hours of required course work, including 48 hours of didactic and 12 hours of practical experience including a practicum, internship and a comprehensive exam.

    Course work: 48 credit hours:
    Internship: 5 credit hours
    Practicum: 5 credit hours
    Comprehensive Exam: 2 credit hours

    Course Work

    Online Courses (each course is four credit hours):
    DHS 8000 Healthcare for Diverse Populations
    DHS 8030 Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    DHS 8040 Healthcare Ethics
    DHS 8050 National Healthcare
    DHS 8070 Special Populations in Healthcare
    DHS 8090 Health Policy, Planning and Management
    DHS 8100 Alternative and Complementary Medicine
    DHS 8110 Community Environmental and Occupational Health
    DHS 8180 Medical Writing

    On Campus Institutes* (four credits each):
    DHS 8080 Conflict Resolution in Healthcare
    DHS 8170 Leadership in Healthcare
    DHS 8010 Statistics and Research Methods

    Internship, Practicum, and Comprehensive Examination:
    DHS 8130 Internship (5 credit hours)
    DHS 8140 Practicum (5 credit hours)
    DHS 8120 Comprehensive Examination (2 credit hours)

    *On campus institutes: These one-week sessions are held on the Health Professions Division Main Campus in Ft. Lauderdale FL. Two such institutes are required to complete the program. The statistics and research methods course is offered only during the summer and may be taken with either DHS-8080 or DHS-8170.
    Must be a master's-prepared health professional to be considered for accepted into the program.
    Pentium or AMD with at least 400mhz CPU
    64 mb Ram
    Video capable of 800 x 600 screen display or better
    CD ROM capability
    Full Duplex sound card and speakers
    56K Modem or better
    Internet Service Provider
    Windows 95 or higher
    Microsoft Office 97 or higher with PowerPoint, Word and Excel
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The university抯 Electronic Library provides online access to hundreds of databases and thousands of full-text journals online. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned. To contact DLS by phone, call 800-541-6682, ext. 4602, or 954-262-4602.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability and the ability to directly apply financial aid to book orders. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term. The bookstore may be reached at 800-509-2665 or 954-262-4750.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.


    All students will complete a five-credit-hour, 80 hour self-designed, program supervised internship. A practicum is also a required project in the program. The Doctoral Objective Analysis is the capstone paper / project for the completion of the program.
    The degree of Doctor of Health Science is awarded upon completion of 60 credit hours and the Doctoral Objective Analysis.
    To obtain academic advisement, please contact Sandrine Gaillard-Kenney, MA, at gaillard@nova.edu
    Up to 8 credit hours of credit may be transferred from a regionally acredited college or university doctoral program.
    All students are required to attend two one-week summer institutes in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
    Student must be master's-prepared health professionals.


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