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  • The DHSc program culminates in a dissertation representing applied evidence-based research focused on an issue that is clearly linked to exercise, wellness, and/or fitness. 
  • Each student will be required to complete a dissertation as a culminating activity.
  • The dissertation is a seminal time in most students’ academic lives and marks the transition from student to scholar.
  • The dissertation should offer new or unique insights to the field, broaden the literature base, and contribute evidence-based research.
  • Working with the program director and doctoral faculty the student will select a research topic during the didactic phase of the program so work on the literature review and the formulation of a research problem may begin.
  • After successfully completing the didactic phase and the comprehensive exam, students will seek an acceptable chair from the faculty and two other committee members to guide and assist them in the dissertation.
  • Data collection will not begin until the comprehensive exam has been passed.
  • The dissertation phase of the program spans spring, summer, and fall semesters of year 3.

  • The dissertation phase culminates with an on-campus defense and presentation of research.

  • If additional time is needed to complete the dissertation phase beyond the year 3 spring, summer, and fall semesters the doctoral candidate can register for DHS 901 (1-3 credits).

  • The dissertation chair will determine the needed credits to complete the dissertation.
  • Students are responsible for all aspects of the research: topic selection, research statement, literature review, Institutional Review Board approval, data collection, data analysis, summary, and on-campus presentation/defense.

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