2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Doctorate of Health Science

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Program Description

The Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) degree in Health Science and Exercise Leadership is designed for individuals working in clinical, educational, professional, managerial and research roles within healthcare-related fields who wish to pursue an advanced professional degree that will provide opportunities for career enhancement or advancement.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Marc S. Federico

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery)

Doctoral candidates are required to be on campus to present and defend their evidence-based professional portfolio and/or optional dissertation research as part of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Graduation Workshop. The workshop is held annually on the Friday of (and prior to) the December graduation ceremonies.


Course Credits
DHS 804  Evidence-Based Practice Theory 3
DHS 805  Health Promotion and Wellness for the Individual 3
DHS 806  Community and Corporate Wellness  3
DHS 825  Research Methods in Exercise Science I  3
DHS 826  Research Methods in Exercise Science II 3
DHS 830  Leadership in Wellness Education and Professional Practice 3
DHS 835  Values, Ethics, and the Promotion of Health and Wellness  3
DHS 845  Advanced Delivery Techniques and Technology 3
DHS 850  Theories and Foundations of Adult Learning  3
DHS 851  Learning Concepts for the Adult Learner 3
DHS 852  Curriculum and Course Design 3
DHS 899  Evidence-based Project Seminar 3
DHS 915  Evidence-based Professional Portfolio I 3
DHS 925  Evidence-based Professional Portfolio II 3
DHS 950  Evidence-based Professional Portfolio III 3
PRF Elective Course* 3
Total 48

+ Dissertation

Course Credits
DHS 900  Dissertation
DHS 901  (Taken only as needed if Dissertation is not completed by end of Fall III for full-time students and of Fall IV for part-time students)  1 to 3
Total 53

* Cal U Exercise Science and Health Promotion M.S. graduates will select a PRF elective outside of the single or dual concentration of their master's program. Students who do not hold a M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Cal U are strongly advised to enroll in PR 760 Leadership and Professional Development.

Note: August graduates of the D.H.Sc. program are required to present their research at the annual Future of Exercise and Health Science Showcase held the Friday morning of the Fall semester graduation ceremonies in December.

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