Online Doctor of Health Science Courses

DHSc course requirements

The online Doctor of Health Sciences DHSc degree at University of Bridgeport is a 57‑credit program including core courses, a specialized track, electives, and a graduate project or dissertation. There is a four‑week online doctoral residency at the end of the program. There are three 12‑credit tracks to choose from Clinician, Education and Clinical Nutrition. In addition, students have the option to select 18‑credits of electives.

Core coursework

Course Credits
HSCI 710 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 3
HSCI 715 Research Methods for the Health Sciences 3
HSCI 720 Global Health Issues 3
HSCI 725 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 3
HSCI 730 Healthcare Informatics 3
HSCI 735 Data Analysis and Interpretation 3

Clinician track

Course Credits
HSCI 840 Advanced Disease Processes and Treatment 3
HSCI 845 Lifestyle and Health Issues 3
HSCI 850 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HSCI 855 Integrative and Complementary Medicine 3

Education track

Course Credits
HSCI 848 Teaching in the Health Professions 3
HSCI 849 Educational Assessment 3
HSCI 858 Curriculum and Syllabus Development in Higher Education 3
HSCI 859 Pedagogy and Teaching Strategies for College Instructors 3

Nutrition track

Course Credits
HSCI 851 Advanced Clinical Nutrition I 3
HSCI 852 Advanced Clinical Nutrition II 3
HSCI 853 Advanced Clinical Nutrition III 3
HSCI 854 Advanced Clinical Nutrition IV 3


Course Credits
HSCI 860 Evidence-Based Practice 3
HSCI 865 Principles of Health Policy and Management 3
HSCI 870 Principles of Environmental Toxicology 3
HSCI 875 Infectious Diseases 3
HSCI 888 Medical Toxicology 3
HSCI 889 Comparative Healthcare Systems 3

Dissertation courses

Course Credits
HSCI 890 Dissertation Seminar 3
HSCI 891 Dissertation I 3
HSCI 892 Dissertation II 3

Transfer credit

For students with graduate coursework beyond the master’s degree from a regionally accredited university: no more than two (graduate) courses (6 credits) may be transferred into the program at the discretion of the Program Director.

Grading policy

A grade of “C+” or better is required for credit toward graduation in all program coursework. Students must maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or better throughout their studies. Those students that earn a GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required to graduate from the program.

Requirements for graduation

  • Successfully complete all coursework
  • Approval of dissertation by the Dissertation Committee

View all courses offered and read full course descriptions in our online course catalog system.

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