This program of study requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits beyond the Master of Science in Health Sciences from the School of Health and Medical Sciences. The program requires a minimum of 66 credits beyond the master’s degree if the master’s degree came from another institution, or from another program at SHU, or a minimum of 48 credits beyond the clinical doctorate.
The educational program plan is developed by the student in consultation with and with the approval of an academic advisor. An academic advisor will be assigned to the student upon admission to the program. The advisor will serve as the student’s academic advisor while the student is pursuing course work and will participate in the selection of the dissertation committee.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of core courses; 27 credits of specialization courses; 15 credits of research courses; and 12 credits of dissertation. Course requirements for those with a clinical doctorate or a master's in Health Sciences degree from Seton Hall University will be adjusted to their degree requirements in consultation with the academic advisor. Specific courses for the specialization phase as well as electives are selected by the student in consultation with the academic advisor to assure a flexible and creative process of continuing personal and professional development. For those students who’s highest degree held is a baccalaureate degree the admissions committee may accept the student directly into the doctoral degree program however, the degree requirements for completion will range from 90-93 credits.
Core - (12 credits) - The goal of this portion of the program is to provide the basis for an understanding of the health care delivery system, philosophical values and an understanding of the importance of communications within an organizational structure.
Research - (15 credits) - The goal of this portion of the program is to
provide the student with a broad and comprehensive understanding of
research findings and the communication of those findings to others.
Students take statistics courses (where the student receives knowledge
of inferential statistics, correlation/regression and multivariate
statistics) and research methods courses in which they learn both
quantitative and qualitative designs.
Dissertation Process - (12 credits) - Students are required to conduct
and defend an original research investigation for the purpose of
advancing the body of knowledge in their own field.
Specialization - (27 credits) - For this area of study, the student
takes specialization courses designed to provide critical analysis and
intervention skills and the scientific basis of practice. Selection of
courses is dependent on the specialization track in which the student is
In order to ensure that the School graduates competent and ethical
practitioners, the School of Health and Medical Sciences faculty, in
conjunction with the Dean's Office, developed the Academic Performance Standards Policy and Student Performance Review Committee Procedures (PDF).
The form for student requests to appeal to the Student Performance Review Committee is available here.