School of Health and Medical Sciences
Program Overview

 About Us

The PhD in Health Sciences degree program at Seton Hall University is designed for health professionals who are interested in pursuing an advanced research- and scholarship-focused education at the doctoral level. We train advanced practitioners, researchers, managers and educators using a broadly-based global health sciences core curriculum that allows students to choose one of three specialization tracks:

  • Health Professions Leadership
  • Movement Science
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Our Values

In an industry that is rapidly changing and evolving, the PhD in Health Sciences program prepares students to be critical thinkers. Our doctoral students are building their intellectual capacity, thus empowering themselves to learn and develop throughout their careers.  As future leaders in our field, our PhD students are challenged to creatively imagine, and then build, a new paradigm for healthcare delivery and service.

Our Experience

  • 57-credit PhD program depending on the academic background of the student
    • 48 credits beyond a clinical doctorate degree
    • 57 credits beyond a master’s degree
  • Program is generally completed within 8 years; students set their own pace, completing 1-3 courses per semester, on average.
  • Small classes that meet once a week in the evening
  • Students select specialized courses in their track and design an individualized plan of study to meet their needs and interests.
  • Coursework is enhanced through seminars, practica, scholarly projects, research forum presentations and teaching experiences.
  • All students conduct and defend an investigative research study (dissertation).

Our Advantage

The PhD in Health Sciences program features a mentorship model of education that promotes the development of critical thinking skills necessary to advance our students’ careers. Our students are adept at building collaborations, educating patients and peers, conducting research, analyzing and applying information and administering innovative healthcare services.

The program’s home within the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration fosters a dynamic learning environment, where interprofessional education and networking opportunities abound.

Our Accolades

  • One of only two PhD in Health Sciences degree programs in New Jersey.
  • Our more than 100 enrolled students have diverse backgrounds, careers and research experiences, adding invaluable perspectives to the educational environment.
  • The department’s Biomechanics Laboratory has the most up-to-date equipment necessary for innovative movement science research.
  • Faculty Achievements:
    • Department Chair Terrence Cahill, EdD, FACHE, received the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Exemplary Service Award, becoming the only current member of the ACHE New Jersey Chapter to receive this honor.
    • Associate Professor Ning Zhang, PhD, MD, MPH, is the Editor of the International Journal of Technology and Management.
    • Read more about our distinguished faculty.

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Please visit the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration for all tuition, fees and financial aid resources.

Department Secretary:
Joann DeBerto

(973) 275-2076

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