Health Science and Exercise Leadership

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Doctor of Health Science: Health Science and Exercise Leadership - 48-53 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 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.

Curriculum - Doctor of Health Science: Health Science and Exercise Leadership

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 (700, 701, 705, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 720, 760, 765, 770, 780, 781, 782, 783, 784, 800, 810, 820 or 840) 3
Total 48

+ Dissertation

Course Credits
DHS 900  Dissertation
DHS 901  (Taken only as needed if Dissertation is not completed by end of Fall IV)  1 to 3
Total 53


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 they are 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), 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), 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), Professor

Rebecca Hess, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.F.A. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (West Virginia University), Professor

Barry McGlumphy, Ed.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.S. (University of Arizona), B.S. (Loch Haven Univesity), 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

Brian Oddi, Ph.D. (Trident University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

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

Tom West, Ph.D. (Penn State University), M.S. (West Virginia University), B.S. (Penn State University), Professor

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