- Synthesize knowledge from health sciences and other academic disciplines for application in a substantive specialized practice area of a healthcare profession
- Design, conduct, and direct research studies in the specialized area
- Analyze and evaluate concepts, theories and models related to health practices
- Disseminate knowledge through scholarly publication, formal teaching, and provision of expert mentoring and vision for the substantive specialized area
- Integrate knowledge and use evidence to influence health policy and decision-making through collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts at organizational, local and national levels
This is a credit-based mixed mode programme with normal duration of study be 2 years for full-time study and 4 years for part-time study, and maximum duration of study be 8 years.
The programme covers 8 taught subjects (3 credits for each subject) including 4 compulsory and 4 elective subjects, and a doctoral thesis (24 credits).
The compulsory subjects aim to provide students with a core foundation in health care concept analysis, research and knowledge translation within the reality of the ethical-political-economic contexts of health care provision.
The elective subjects and the doctoral thesis allow students to develop an individualized programme of study for acquiring, appraising, synthesizing and applying knowledge in a substantive specialized area.
To be eligible to graduate in Doctor of Health Science (Optometry), students should complete a thesis related to Optometry plus a 3-credit Optometry subject. In this case, students are required to select "Independent Study in a Substantive Specialty (HSS6008)" with relevance to Optometry.
For details, please refer to the DHSc page from the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.