Doctor of Health Science Online

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Program at a Glance

  • Gain the competencies, knowledge, and skills to advance your career in a variety of health-related fields, including clinical practice, education, administration, or research.*
  • Join the forefront of the evolving health or health-related spheres with a doctoral degree that emphasizes professional practice.
  • Earn your Doctor of Health Science online (no residency required) and transfer up to 28 elective credits from your master's degree to increase your speed to graduate.
  • Personalize your Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) to your career goals with open electives and micro-credentials that represent a focused skill or area of knowledge; choose between a dissertation or an applied project for your doctoral requirement.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
2.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(59 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$850 (Core)
$420 (Elective)

Doctor of Health Science Overview

Now more than ever, the world needs professionals who are ready to lead in the ever-changing and fulfilling fields of health or health care. With our DHSc degree, you’ll expand your subject expertise and apply it to real-world practice that aligns with your professional goals.

The program provides a foundation in policy, analysis, and leadership. You will also be able to personalize your degree through health science micro-credentials and electives of your choice. You have the opportunity to acquire an emergent credential that sets you apart in your field while contributing to the well-being of your community.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A master’s degree in a health or health care related field is required to enroll in a postgraduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

The tuition for the Doctor of Health Science program is a combination of the tuition rates for the individual programs. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View the total cost of attendance for your program. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

Career Opportunities

Employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow 28% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than average for all occupations. Prepare for emerging leadership positions in the worlds of health care or health related fields and public health, from management and instruction to administration and clinical practice.

Employment and Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for
  • Critical thinking
  • Active listening
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Systems analysis
  • Complex problem-solving

What Courses Will I Take?

The coursework of our DHSc degree includes a set of core doctoral-level advanced courses and a variety of graduate health sciences micro-credentials and electives.

You will also complete a doctoral dissertation or applied project that addresses a challenge or need in health care policy, administration, higher education, or clinical practice.

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Sample Courses
  • Advanced Health and Health Care Policy
  • Advanced Health and Health Care Global and National Systems
  • Advanced Health and Health Care Issues and Trends
  • Advanced Health Research and Analysis Methods
  • Advanced Health and Health Care Leadership

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Elective Credits
  • Total Credits

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

View Health Sciences Faculty Directory
grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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Earn a Law Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School. Save up to $8,652 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn both a master’s and EJD degree with a general or health law concentration in as few as 3.5 years. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career

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Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Doctor of Health Science and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.


*Employment and Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Credit for Prior Learning: This program is a new offering and thus historic data on credit for prior learning are not available. Exact transfer amount may vary. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Job Growth for Medical and Health Services Managers: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.