Improve Patient Lives. Care Quality. Even Public Policy.

Your Nova Southeastern University Health Sciences degree opens more career doors than you can imagine, offering rewarding clinical and non-clinical opportunities:

  • You can enhance patient health, care standards and how that care is delivered
  • Build effective community health programs
  • Shape health care policy at state and national levels

Bigger Impact. Better Outcomes.

Whether you’re seeking a higher-level role in your current profession or you’re ready for a new challenge, NSU Health Sciences degrees teach you to think more strategically about the science and system of health care:

  • Hone your research analysis skills
  • Solve organizational problems effectively
  • Strengthen your interprofessional collaboration skills
  • Accomplish more of your professional goals
  • Become an effective health care leader

NSU Health Sciences students arrive with many different backgrounds, experiences and strengths, but all share a similar mission: to make a bigger impact in health care.

See how NSU’s Health Sciences programs can help you do the same.

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NSU Health Sciences: Master the Science and System of Health Care

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Bachelor of Health Science (B.H.Sc.)

Expand your health care foundation and leadership, all online - transfer up to 87 credits towards your degree. Tracks: Generalist, Administration, Pre-Master, Doctor of O.T. and latest: Inter-Professional Collaboration.
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Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.)

Build research analysis, epidemiology, health care finance and leadership skills with online convenience. Choose specialized health care tracks: Risk Management, Administration, Telehealth, Higher Education, Sports Medicine or Law.
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Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.)

Choose concentrations like Telehealth, Global Health, Higher Education and more: evidence-based program blends professor-driven online study with internship, practicum, and online institutes.
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M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc. Dual Degree Program

Targeting a graduate teaching or senior leadership role? Take the most direct path with this accelerated dual-degree program.  Online classes with local internship, capstone and two, 1-week online institutes.
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Ph.D. in Health Science

Elevate your health care research mastery through professor-driven online courses, research practicum, two 1-week online  institutes, comprehensive exam and dissertation with oral defense.
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M.H.Sc./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program

Accomplished bachelor’s graduates desiring a core research focus can progress through both master and doctoral-level curriculums in this research-focused accelerated program.

Certificate in Health Science: Program Details

  1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate a cumulative master's degree GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for regular admission.
  3. A copy of the applicant’s health care license (if applicable).
  4. Prior health care experience in the capacity of an advanced health care practitioner is required and is strongly considered in the admissions process
  5. The certificate program is a post-professional certificate designed for health practitioners, public health professionals, and health care administrators from a wide variety of disciplines. The successful nonclinical applicant will demonstrate at least two years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility in a health care setting. Professional experience will be documented by an organizational chart demonstrating the nonclinical applicant’s position within the organization, a resume, relevant license/s, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor attesting to the applicant’s level of responsibility within the organization. Nonclinical applicants will also need to submit a statement concerning their career and professional goals within the health care environment. Fellowship or certification by a recognized health certifying body is desirable, such as FACHE. (Successful past applicants and graduates have included physicians, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, master’s degree-level social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, health care administrators, and athletic trainers.)


Please note, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required.

The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling admission basis throughout the year. Applicants can apply for admission for any one of four starting dates during any academic year. Each term runs for 12 weeks. Admission deadlines for submitted application and required documents are as follows:

Application Deadlines by Term

  • Spring: December 2 - March 1
  • Summer: March 2 - June 1
  • Fall: June 2 - August 15
  • Winter: August 16 - December 1

Before the applicant can be reviewed for possible admission, the following must be submitted:

  • Completed Health Science Certificate application form.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Unofficial transcript indicating a master’s degree, even if in progress. NOTE: Undergraduate transcripts are not required for review purposes.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of applicant's health care license (if applicable)
  • Non-clinical applicants- Organizational chart demonstrating leadership position
  • Non-clinical applicants – career and professional goals statement

Send transcripts and all required documents to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Health Care Sciences
Health Science Doctoral Admissions
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

  1. Official and final transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate, professional, and graduate institutions of higher learning. Conferral degree and conferral date must be on the transcript(s) from where you earned a degree.
  2. All coursework from international institution(s), Applicant is responsible for contacting one of the evaluation services listed here. The evaluation must be course by course including a cumulative GPA The official evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the NSU EPS address shown above for all documents:

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: (305) 273-1616
    Fax: (305) 273-1338

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    P.O. Box 415070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    (414) 289-3400

    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311


Our certificate programs may be completed in Telehealth, Global Health, or Education for Health Care Professionals. Concentrations and their curriculums may be found below. To view course descriptions and term offerings, please review our catalog.

Education for Health Care Professionals Concentration

The Education for Health Care Professionals concentration is designed to provide clinical and administrative health professionals with the theoretical and practical training necessary to enhance career mobility and professional advancement. The certificate program offers a concentration in essential areas of education using existing education for health care concentration coursework for those who do not need or desire a primary or secondary doctorate to achieve their career goals. The following courses are required for this certificate:

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8196: Theories and Principles for Health Care Educators


DHS 8197: Traditional and Competency-Based Curriculum and Implementation


DHS 8190: Health Care Education


DHS 8195: Academic Health Program Development


Global Health Concentration

The Global Health concentration prepares students to work internationally to address global health outcomes. The following are required courses for this program. Students must take four of the five offered courses to meet the concentration requirements. In addition, they can take either DHS 8400: Global Health Issues or DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology, whichever meets their professional development needs.

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8045: The Influence of Ethics and Culture on Global Health


DHS 8095: Global Health Policy


DHS 8400: Global Health Issues


DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology


DHS 8700: Comparative International Health Systems


Telehealth Concentration

The Telehealth concentration emphasizes the basics of telehealth, the importance of interprofessional collaboration, the roles of different health care providers, and the technology needed for successful telehealth implementation. The following courses are required for this certificate program:

Course Name Semester Hours

DHS 8820: Telehealth Concepts, Applications and Future Trends


DHS 8825: Technological Infrastructures of Telehealth


DHS 8830: Strategic Planning for Telehealth Programs and Services


DHS 8835: Telepresence


The program is designed to be completed in an online format. You’ll need an internet connection to access course materials and the online student center. As with most graduate programs of study, papers compose a large portion. Many courses also require a journal to be kept, as well as discussion board postings. Keep in mind, this is an online program. The majority of communications will be in writing.

Each professor determines the need for a textbook and online readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text(s) for each course. Because this is a doctoral level program, primary source readings, instead of textbooks, are emphasized. Use of the NSU library is required and is available at a distance.

The online courses work very much like a classroom and you will be required to interact with the professor and the other students in your virtual classroom, as well as adhere to any assignment due dates. There is an online student center where you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources and much more.

How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professors methods, and your study area.

We consider one class per semester to be full time. At one class per semester, each certificate can be completed in one year.

Health Science Faculty: Interdisciplinary Focus

NSU’s emphasis on an effective interdisciplinary educational experience extends to our faculty. You’ll have direct access to professors reflecting many diverse health professions. Our doctoral program professors, in particular, reach far beyond health science, and have varied specific research interests. Collaborate with leaders in medicine, psychology, anthropology, public health, education, computer science, nursing, conflict resolution, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other allied health disciplines.

Many of our professors are widely published on a variety of health issues: policy, practice and research. They also serve as peer reviewers for health-related journals and sit on peer review journal editorial boards.

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