ESU Announces Launch of Doctorate in Health Sciences in Fall 2019

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Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on February 20, 2019, No Comments

Chancellor Daniel Greenstein, D. Phil., and the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education announced approval of a Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.) for East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania on February 12, 2019.  The final step in the approval process will be completed by the end of April 2019 when the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) considers ESU’s Substantive Change Request for its second doctoral program, the doctorate in health sciences, a 60 credit program. The first, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration, was approved in Spring 2016.  Pending MSCHE approval, ESU will expects to launch the program during the 2019-2020 academic year.

“The critical need for healthcare in the Pocono Region is evident in the number of providers currently offering outstanding service,” said ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.  “We believe there is a true need for this doctoral degree, positioning it as a post-professional advancement for individuals in the healthcare field who wish to pursue advanced professional practice careers in higher education, clinical research or allied health administration.”

The D.H.Sc. is a generalist degree with two concentrations: Health Management and Administration and Advanced Research Administration.  Following completion of the common core, students will choose a concentration to complete the program.  According to Denise Seigart, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences, the core courses will focus on communication, leadership theory, ethics, and advanced research methods.

“This program has been a long time coming,” said ESU Provost Joanne Bruno, J.D.  “The intent of this doctorate will be to enhance the knowledge and expertise of health care professionals in a number of areas. One great aspect of this program is that it will be offered through weekend courses designed for the busy healthcare executive with a suggested three-year schedule for completion.”

Housed in the College of Health Sciences, the new doctoral program’s courses will be taught primarily by ESU faculty with supporting temporary faculty with specific industry specializations for certain courses. The nine-term schedule is followed by a dissertation on a health sciences topic of interest to the student and guided by program faculty and researchers in the student’s and faculty’s area of expertise.

“This new doctorate is focused on seven essential areas that we feel will provide high impact to regional health science professionals’ knowledge and practice,” said Dr. Seigart.  According to Seigart, the seven essential areas are: inter-professional collaboration, healthcare policy, organizational and systems leadership, mentoring and leadership in respective disciplines, clinically based health promotion and disease prevention, scientific underpinnings for health sciences practice, and clinically based scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice.

For more information on the new doctoral program, please contact William Bajor, Ph.D., director of graduate and extended studies at (570) 422-3536 or