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News Release

Date: 5/15/08

Health Sciences Doctoral Degree now offered online

MESA, Ariz. (May 15, 2008) – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences announces the launch of an online doctoral degree in Health Sciences. The Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.) is a post-professional degree designed for master’s degree prepared healthcare professionals and is offered through blending online and residential education. The program is designed to develop and enhance professional skills needed to provide competent leadership in the health sciences and will be an asset to all healthcare professionals.

ATSU is implementing the doctorate program to meet the challenges of a complex healthcare system. This advanced degree will prepare graduates to better understand and effectively manage healthcare issues including access, cost, and quality of care; and skillfully analyze, plan, implement, and evaluate solutions to the challenges in healthcare. The D.H.Sc. program will provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to excel in project management, decision-making, managing organizational behavior, establishing evidence-based practice standards, and gaining competence in applying research. 

The program is now accepting applications and is scheduled to launch in late August 2008, at the start of the fall quarter. D.H.Sc. program director Helen Ewing, R.N., D.H.Sc., is excited to initiate the program and believes it will fill a void through meeting the advanced educational needs of healthcare professionals. “The program is designed to develop progressive knowledge and analytical skills required of healthcare professionals in areas of practice, education, and research,” according to Dr. Ewing. “Educators, administrators, researchers, and clinicians will gain the necessary tools to better navigate through our complex healthcare environment. This advanced degree is tailored to offer unique skill development in critical analysis and decision making based on appropriate evidence.”

“This post-professional doctorate is best described as the degree of the scholarly professional, in contrast to the Ph.D., which is the degree of the professional scholar,” said Eric Sauers, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, associate professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. “Individuals completing the degree will become better clinicians, administrators, educators, or researchers due to their enhanced clinical and research knowledge, and will gain skills and understanding in evidence-based medicine and applied research techniques.”

About A.T. Still University

Established in 1892 by A.T. Still, M.D., D.O., the founder of osteopathy, A.T. Still University      began as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine and has evolved into a leading university of health sciences. Today, we offer 10 master’s degrees and seven doctoral degrees across the allied health disciplines. A.T. Still University is regionally accredited and approved by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Application.

Our institutional mission is to educate students to become competent whole-person healthcare   professionals who continuously develop and demonstrate compassion, integrity, and ability. This commitment to our students, and by extension to the patients they will treat in the future, makes A.T. Still University one of the most important health sciences universities in the country.

For more information on the Doctor of Health Sciences degree, contact Helen Ewing at or 480.248.8142, or Susan Kavanaugh at or 480.219.6132.




Founded in 1892 as the nation’s first college of osteopathic medicine, A.T. Still University provides graduate level education in whole person healthcare. Recognized internationally for its integrated approach, ATSU equips students with the knowledge, compassion, and hands-on experience needed to address the body, mind, and spirit. The University now comprises the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the Postgraduate School of Osteopathic Clinical Research.