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Posted on July 9, 2015

President Jones. To: All students, faculty, staff and alumni
From: Interim University President Geraldine M. Jones

I am proud to announce an academic milestone for our University: Beginning in the Spring 2016 semester, Cal U will offer a Doctor of Health Science degree with a focus on Health Science and Exercise Leadership.

This will be the University’s first doctoral program and the first D.H.Sc. available within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

The degree offering was approved today, July 9, by the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. It is a natural outgrowth of Cal U’s 100% online programs in exercise science, which include bachelor’s and master’s degree options.

100% online

To meet the needs of working professionals, coursework for the Doctor of Health Science program will be delivered 100% online through the Cal U Global Online office. All classes will be taught by Cal U faculty who are recognized experts in the field.  

The Doctor of Health Science is a three-year, 50-credit program. Candidates should expect to complete a rigorous program of study that includes 42 credits of coursework, comprehensive written and oral exams, and an 8-credit dissertation representing applied, evidence-based research clearly linked to exercise, wellness and/or fitness.

Graduates will be prepared to work as educators, administrators and leaders in areas such as athletic training, physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, wellness and fitness, rehabilitation science, and allied health care professions.

The D.H.Sc. program also will maintain the University’s existing relationships with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and WellCoaches Corp., all leading organizations in the field.

Employment potential

A growing interest in wellness and fitness has driven student demand for academic programs in health and exercise science. And like all new programs introduced at Cal U, the Doctor of Health Science was developed with employment potential in mind.

In Pennsylvania, the Center for Workforce Information and Data Analysis projects significant employment growth in health science occupations relevant to the degree, with nearly 10,000 new jobs being added by 2022. Nationally, nearly 1.1 million new jobs are anticipated within the same time period.

The head athletic trainer for an NFL team and the president of a nationally recognized fitness organization are among the professionals who submitted letters of support for the program.

Alumni of Cal U’s existing master’s degree programs in exercise science are at work across the country and around the world. Their success in a wide variety of settings, from their own businesses to the locker rooms and practice fields of professional sports teams, demonstrates the quality of our University’s academic programming in this discipline.

I’d like to thank Dr. Marc Federico, Dr. Jeffrey Hatton and Dr. Stan Komacek for their work in preparing the degree proposal.

I invite our graduate students and eligible alumni to consider the Doctor of Health Science degree — and to recommend the program to colleagues who may wish to enhance or advance their careers. Over the years California University of Pennsylvania has become a recognized leader in health and exercise science, and our new post-professional degree builds on that tradition of success.

With warm wishes,

Interim President Jones' signature.

Applications for the Doctor of Health Science program are being accepted now. To learn more, e-mail the Cal U Global Online office at DHSc@calu.edu, phone 724-938-5958 or call toll-free 1-866-595-6348.

Meet Interim President Geraldine M. Jones