Health Science and Exercise Leadership

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Doctor of Health Science - Health Science and Exercise Leadership - 50 credits (program code: 0650)

Program Description

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree in Health Science and Exercise Leadership addresses the education and workforce needs resulting from continued growth in the aging population and the shift from treating disease to promoting health and wellness. The DHSc is a post-professional academic degree 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 career advancement.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Doctoral candidates are required to be on campus to present and defend their dissertation research as part of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Graduation Workshop. The workshop is held annually the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday prior to graduation in December.

Admission Criteria



Students in the Doctor of Health Science program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

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For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Marc S. Federico, D.P.T., M.P.T.(Slippery Rock University), B.S. (University of Pittsburgh), Associate Professor; Specializations: corrective exercise, postural awareness/correction, muscular imbalance; Research Interests: spine, hip, shoulder rehabilitation/function/stabilization
Phone: 724-938-4356

Program Faculty

Carol M. Biddington, Ed.D., M.S., B.S.(West Virginia University), Associate Professor

William B. Biddington, Ed.D., M.S., B.S.P.E.(West Virginia University), Professor

Jeffrey R. Hatton, O.T.D. (Chatham University), M.S. (California University), B.S.O.T. (College Misericordia), B.S.Ed. (Lock Haven University), Assistant Professor

Linda P. Meyer, Ed.D. (Duquesne University), M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (Lock Haven State College), LAT (Licensed Athletic Trainer in Pennsylvania), ATC, Professor

Ben Reuter, Ph.D. (Auburn University), M.S.Ed. (Old Dominion University), B.A. (Gettysburg College), Associate Professor

Joni Lee Cramer Roh, Ed.D., B.S. (West Virginia University), M.A.T. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Professor

Christine Romani-Ruby, PT, MPT, ATC, PMA CPT; M.P.T. (Slippery Rock University), B.S. Exercise Science (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.S. Natural Science (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Certificate in Athletic Training (West Chester University), Doctoral Candidate (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor

Ronald W. Wagner, Ph.D. (University of Arkansas), M.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), M.S. (Bloomsburg University), B.S. (Southeast Missouri State University), Associate Professor

Ellen J. West, Ed.D., M.S.(West Virginia University), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor

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