Online Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS)

Professionals in healthcare who are looking to advance their careers or earn a terminal degree can earn a doctor of health sciences degree from several institutions across the country. This degree provides students with the foundational research, leadership, and teaching skills. Graduates of these programs work in all aspects of healthcare but primarily in leadership in clinical practices, healthcare administration, higher education, and public health.

Since a wide variety of careers can be pursued with this degree, earning can vary widely. Also, because of the aging population in the US, there is an increased demand for professionals in this role. Between 2021 and 2031, there is an anticipated 28 percent growth nationally in jobs in medical and health services management—nearly four times the expected growth among all professions in the country during that same period (BLS 2022).

Earning a doctorate can be a challenge for many working professionals. However, many institutions now offer doctor of health sciences degrees entirely online. These programs can be either full-time or part-time to help students balance work, studies, and family all without having to relocate. All programs require that coursework be completed within a given quarter or semester.

Below are seven exceptional online doctor of health sciences (DHS) programs. Continue reading to learn about career options, coursework, admission requirements, tuition, and accreditation.

Professors to Know in Online Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) Programs

  • Carol Biddington, EdD

    Pennsylvania Western University, California

    Dr. Carol Biggington works at the California University of Pennsylvania as a professor of exercise and sport studies. She received the C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009 in recognition of her research and scholarship in the department.

    She serves as a committee member and the chairperson for the doctoral students in the DHSc Program. Her areas of emphasis in both her research and teaching include athletic training, online learning, and education. She earned her doctorate in education in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University.

  • Marisa Birkmeier, DPT

    The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Dr. Marisa Bikmeier is the director of clinical education and assistant professor of health, human function, and rehabilitation sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

    While her primary focus is physical therapy, she also teaches courses in health sciences. Her specialty focus is in pediatrics and has earned her Specialist Certification in Pediatrics (PCS) from the Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition to being a key faculty member, she also is a well-published scholar.

  • Albert Grazia, PhD

    University of Bridgeport School of Health Professions

    Dr. Albert Grazia serves as the director of the doctor of health science degree at the University of Bridgeport School of Health Professions. He completed his doctorate in biomedical health sciences from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Bridgeport.

    Currently, he serves as an advisor on the dissertation committees and teaches the lifestyle and health issues and health promotion and disease prevention courses. Prior to working at Bridgeport, he spent more than 25 years as a clinical and natural healer with a specialization in cancer and serious illnesses.

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Kimmy Gustafson

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