Frequently Asked Questions

How will this program help me?

The program will help professionals interested in career advancement or possibly a career change. The curriculum includes theory and applied learning to prepare individuals to serve as scholarly and effective change agents in their institution. This program should be especially valuable for persons in higher education, and for those in mid-level or senior management positions in healthcare organizations.

What is the difference between a DHSc and a PhD?  Is a dissertation required?

The DHSc is an applied professional doctorate, whereas most PhD programs are designed to train researchers. The academic rigor is very high and comparable in both types of programs. The DHSc program will not require students to complete a dissertation.

Is the program accredited?

There is no accrediting body for DHSc programs. However, EVMS is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Can I complete the entire program online and from a distance?

Yes, this program is explicitly designed to allow students to complete all courses and assignments online and from a distance. Courses will be delivered predominantly via asynchronous instruction so students can access material and complete assignments at times most convenient for them. Upon completion of all degree requirements students are strongly encouraged to attend Commencement activities if at all possible.

Can the courses be completed in any order?

No, the courses are structured to be completed in the sequence depicted on this website. Fall and Spring semesters will consist of two 3-credit courses, whereas Summer semesters have only one 3-credit course.

How much time will typically be required per week for studying and completing assignments?

Time may vary but on average students should expect to spend about 12-15 hours per week.

Am I eligible to receive Federal financial aid?

Partial aid may be possible for U.S. citizens. EVMS Financial Aid can provide additional guidance.