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The Telehealth Concentration will be offered starting from the Winter 2018 term going forward. It consists of 12 credit hours to be taken as part of the generalist DHS curriculum.

General Information: The D.H.Sc. program requires completion of a minimum of 61 semester hours of coursework. This includes 48 semester hours didactic coursework, 11 semester hours practical coursework, and 2 semester hours for the Doctoral Objective Analysis.

During the generalist course of study, the student must complete a practicum and internship approved by the D.H.Sc program director and practicum faculty members in an area of health care including, but not limited to, health care leadership, education, policy or delivery.

At the standard pace established by the program, the course of study can be completed in three years. It is required that all coursework be completed within seven years.

Four of the following are required; either DHS 8090 or DHS 9095 may fulfill the Health Policy requirement. Either 8040 or 8045 will fulfill the Ethics requirement. You must complete 1 policy and 1 ethics course, unless you obtain program director approval. Courses not taken as requirements may be used as electives.

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DHS 8000: Professional Competencies in the Clinical Care of Diverse Populations

This course focuses on issues and information relating to the general epidemiological concerns, health care disparities and specific health and disease issues involved in the care of both culturally-based diverse populations (African American, Native America, Asian and Asian sub-populations, and Latino-Hispanic populations); and other non-ethnic special populations (homeless, uninsured, indigent, disabled, incarcerated, rural, inner-city, GLBT, geriatric, pediatric and others. 


DHS 8030: Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work with communities to improve health status of the community. Major topics will include health promotion and disease prevention. Special emphasis will be placed on the "Healthy People 2020" initiatives.  


DHS 8040: Professionalism and Health Care Ethics

This course is an in depth study of the concepts of health care ethics. The course of study analyzes the differences between ethics and law and examines the core values and beliefs of medical professionalism. Methods of ethical analysis and review of current case studies will be used in critical discussions of ethical dilemmas faced by health care personnel in areas such as cloning, organ transplantation, and the implications of the Human Genome Project. The student will explore the personal values, professional standards, and institutional guidelines which define the roles and responsibilities of the health care practitioner. 


DHS 8090: Health Policy, Planning and Management

This course critically examines the dynamics of healthcare in the U.S. The student is expected to analyze the healthcare industry and contrast non-profit and for-profit healthcare delivery systems. A critical exploration of the ramifications of healthcare reform and the impact on institutions and individuals will be undertaken. The concepts of cost containment, and long-term care will be analyzed. 


DHS 8095: Global Health Policy

Globalization affects all sectors including health care and understanding the key policy issues is essential in the study of global health. This course, taught from a clinical perspective, examines the health policy issues confronting international health organizations, governments and specific populations. It reviews the processes that influence the development and implementation of policies, and examines specific topics related to HIV/AIDS, poverty/nutrition, infectious disease, smoking, concerns of women and children and other global major health concerns. 


DHS 8110: Community Environmental and Occupational Health

Issues such as air and water quality and waste management will be examined. OSHA will be examined and analyzed for its impact on health and health care. Trends in environmental and occupational health legislation will be examined for their impact potential. 


Two of the following courses are required. The other courses may be omitted or used as electives.

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DHS 8400: Global Health Issues 

Global healthcare is an emerging priority for health professional education programs, and clinical practice. It is essential for all healthcare professionals to understand the impact of global health issues on health care and international economic stability. This course explores the many facets of global health to expose the student to the complexity of the concepts that impact healthcare in developing and developed countries. 


HSP 9006: Evidence-Based Medical Practice

This course provides a working knowledge of evidence based medicine. Cases will be used as the backbone of this course to assist the student in analyzing data to justify the treatments used in clinical practice. Students will also learn how to critically appraise the literature, evaluate diagnostic test performance, design clinical pathways and standards of care, and implement evidenced based medicine findings in their own clinical or administrative setting. 


DHS 8750: Patient Safety

Leadership plays a key role in adopting practices to promote patient safety and leaders should have the skills necessary to be effective in the implementation of these practices. This course will focus on patient safety through a study of safety-oriented leadership, organizational culture, human factors, decision making science, communication, and a systems approach to health care delivery. Current best practice models and the latest professional literature emphasizing patient safety will be featured. 


DHS 8190: Health Care Education

This course explores the various theories and applications of adult education in the practice of training, pre-professional education, and post-professional education of medical personnel. Critical analysis of the different methods of teaching and training healthcare professionals is accomplished through discussion, research, investigation, journal development and assignments. 


DHS 8800: Health Care Informatics

This course will focus on available and future methodologies and technologies for the processing, archiving, analysis and transmission of data, information, and knowledge in the medical and healthcare setting. 


DHS 8810: Global Epidemiology

This course emphasizes the underlying concepts of the epidemiologic approach as it relates to pertinent global health issues. The student will be introduced to principles and methods of epidemiologic research. These include study designs, measures of frequency, association, impact and sources of error. Application to global health and public health strategies for disease prevention, surveillance and controls are discussed. 


All courses in this block are required, total is 11 credit hours.

Note: Students are required to register for DHS 8125 in their second term in the program. DHS 8130 is a prerequisite for DHS 8140, consequently, the courses may not be taken concurrently.

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DHS 8125: Preparation Forum

Students should enroll in this course within one to two semesters of matriculation into the DHSc program. 

This is a 1-credit course in which students work closely in a one-on-one fashion with the course instructor/mentor to develop appropriate learning objectives and experiential plans for the internship (8130) and a substantial developmental project for the practicum (8140). Together, the internship and practicum form the capstone of the program. Attention is also paid to appropriate preparation for the form and style of the written deliverables of the internship and practicum and appropriate timelines for completion. Successful completion of 8125 will include the following: completion of APA style quizzes, approval of topic for DHS 8130 at least one semester prior to enrollment, approval of topic for DHS 8140 one to two semesters prior to enrollment, and completion of an error-free proposal for 8140 at least one to two semester prior to enrollment.  Students will be continuously enrolled in 8125 until all three tasks are accomplished


DHS 8130: Internship

This course is the capstone of the program. The student will perform an internship at a community health care institution, clinic, educational facility, etc., which is approved in the DHS 8125 course at least one semester prior to enrolling in DHS 8130. The student should spend a minimum of 80 clock-hours learning skills from a mentor.  Examples of acceptable internship experiences include teaching assistantships to learn on-site or online teaching skills, volunteering at non-profit organizations to learn about particular topics in health promotion and disease prevention, or shadowing an executive to learn leadership and executive skills among other experiences.  Students on the global track must have an internship experience that has an international basis. The student will write a report that describes the institution, defines the population served, and details the health promotion activities observed. A critical evaluation should be made that details strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the institution in order to analyze if the skills delineated were able to be learned. 


DHS 8140: Practicum

The practicum is a written project that is developmental in nature.  The practicum project must be approved in the DHS 8125 course one to two semesters prior to enrolling in DHS 8140.  Enrollment in the practicum course must be preceded by a proposal that contains the project idea and a preliminary literature review, which will be written in the DHS 8125 course at least one to two semesters prior to enrolling in DHS 8140. The student will be required to choose a health promotion topic and create a health promotion program or educational resource that can be used for a community education program. An implementation and evaluation plan must be included in the final product. Examples of appropriate educational resources include developing a presentation for a national conference, developing a presentation for an in-service, or developing a course curriculum.  Students on the global track must have an international basis for the project.


All courses in this block are required, total is 12 credit hours.

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DHS 8010: Statistics and Research Methods

This course allows the student to develop an understanding through critical analysis of the basic research methods utilized in healthcare. Students will be taught how to critically analyze medical information and perform effective literature reviews. 


DHS 8080: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

This course examines and analyzes the nature and dynamics of human conflict within civil societies. Emphasis is placed upon conflicts within and among governments and public sector agencies and between the health provider, patients and medical institutions. Students will be expected to take an active role in the course and develop their own strategies for dealing with conflict. A paper will be required that details and analyzes a conflict situation in the student's work or other environment and how the conflict was resolved. 


DHS 8170: Leadership in Health Care

This course explores the various methods of leadership and management, both in and out of healthcare, and their impact on productivity, profitability and employee satisfaction. Critical analysis of the different types of leadership and management theories is given and the need for developing a leadership plan is explored. The student is expected to gain knowledge of the various types of leaders and systems and will be required to research and develop a paper on a specific leadership topic. 


All three courses must be completed for the Telehealth Concentration. If you are interested in the clinical aspect of telehealth, you may elect to take DHS 8835 - Telepresence instead of DHS 8830.

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DHS 8820: Telehealth Concepts, Applications and Future Trends

Telehealth involves any technology-medicated communication that facilitates health services, such as the exchange of information in coordinating patient care.  This course explores the foundational concepts that supports telehealth within a health care environment, including information privacy and security standards that support health information systems and technologies.  Students will examine the current applications of telehealth and propose recommendations that resolve common issues within clinical settings.  The course has an emphasis on the legal and ethical considerations with implementing telehealth programs.  Furthermore, students will appraise future trends by reviewing current telehealth products and anticipating upcoming innovations or practices. (Winter)


DHS 8825: Technological Infrastructures of Telehealth

The health industry's technology has been rapidly evolving--with telehealth placed as an area of value and growth potential.  Telehealth, which involves the use of any technology in providing clinical services, requires health professionals to develop strong skills in information systems and technologies.  This course introduces aspects of technology management relevant to telehealth practices.  Students will discover ways in which data is captured, transmitted, stored, and retrieved.  Students will learn how to uphold information security and privacy through contemporary approaches in technology management.  The course presents technical concepts from a leadership perspective; learners will be able to determine the types of skills used by technology experts in the management of telehealth services or programs.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to apply telehealth approaches across various areas of medicine and different healthcare organizations. (Spring)


DHS 8830: Strategic Planning for Telehealth Programs and Services

Telehealth services utilize health information technologies and systems to facilitate healthcare operations, clinical procedures, and the exchange of health information. Healthcare organizations have found it necessary to coordinate the rapid growth of telehealth / telemedicine services by building partnerships, exploring business ventures, and launching comprehensive programs. This course examines telehealth strategies and initiatives through case study analysis and class discussions. Students will practice “hands-on” management of telehealth technologies, systems, and operations. Throughout the course, students will engage in a comprehensive strategic planning process—honing professional communication, teamwork, and customer service skills. (Summer II)


DHS 8835: Telepresence

Telehealth involves any technology mediated communication that facilitates health services, such as the exchange of information in coordinating patient care. Progress with telehealth development is progressing rapidly, and health care professionals who are tele practitioners require a skill set specific to the delivery of health care via technology. This course explores the delivery of health care via technology, and examines the considerations necessary for telehealth encounters and delivery. The course focuses on telepresence, and special considerations in the use of technology for health care delivery. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply concepts to telehealth encounters that promote positive patient encounters and outcomes when utilizing a telehealth platform for delivery of care. (Fall)


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DHS 8120: Doctoral Analysis

In this faculty-supervised project, and the capstone of the program, the student will develop a paper using the objectives from the core courses and 1 elective as guidelines and references to form the basis of the paper. This will require research in to teaching and learning methods as well as online and in class comparisons. The outcome or final product will be an in-depth analysis of the information presented and the knowledge gained during the doctoral program. This paper will also include methods for improving the program of study in the DHSc and detailed methods to be used to deliver the proposed changes. 

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