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.

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.

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). Learn more about the institution's accreditation.

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 possible.

No, the courses are structured to be completed as depicted in the course sequence. The fall and spring semesters will consist of two 3 credit courses, whereas summer semesters have only one 3 credit course.

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

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

Students taking 6 credits are considered full-time. Students taking 3 credits are considered half-time.