Doctoral degrees for healthcare professionals
What’s the difference between a DHSc, DHA, EdD, and PhD?
Is earning a doctorate a worthwhile investment for you? Whether now or in the future, it depends on your reason for pursuing the degree and your desired career outcome. In addition to the cost and time investment, consider the personal commitment, opportunities for professional advancement, how the desired degree is regarded by others, and your individual motivation to determine if a doctorate is right for you.
A.T. Still University (ATSU) has a variety of doctoral degrees to meet your education needs and professional goals. By first becoming clear on your underlying intention for up credentialing, you’ll be able to create a definitive path to determine which doctoral degree is right for you.
If you desire to teach the next generation of health professionals, consider pursuing the Doctor of Education in Health Professions (EdD) program, which focuses specifically on developing health professions educators.
Looking to step into leadership within the healthcare industry? The Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program provides health professionals with the holistic knowledge needed to become leaders who influence healthcare systems.
The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) program provides health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in project management, decision-making, organizational leadership, establishing evidence-based standards, and gaining competencies to apply research to professional practice.
Click on the degrees below to discover the nuances between the most common doctoral programs for healthcare professionals, many of which are offered by ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS).
Which healthcare doctorate is right for you?
When determining which doctoral degree to pursue, the decision comes down to your reason for earning the degree and desired professional outcomes. While the path to earning a doctoral degree requires dedication and hard work, it’s a fast-track way to advance into leadership and achieve your career goals. Healthcare is booming and in need of leaders, and a doctorate from ATSU-CGHS will help position you for success.
So, what’s the difference between a DHSc and a DHA? What’s the difference between an EdD and a DHSc? What’s the difference between a PhD and a DHSc? Here is a quick comparison:
(consisting of a body of original academic research)
Quantitative research methods
Statistical and scientific interference
**PhD credit hours and time to completion are based on industry averages. ATSU-CGHS does not offer a PhD program, this is for comparison purposes only.
†For example purposes only. This does not encompass the full extent of curriculum offered.