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Doctor of Health Science

Allied Health and Pharmacy

Doctor of Health Science

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Do you aspire to become a leader in your field? CSU's Doctor of Health Science is designed to provide academic and professional development for those working in the health or allied health professions.

CSU's highly flexible health science doctorate is your chance to contribute to the sum of knowledge in your discipline. You will conduct original research with practical applications to your profession.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Doctor of Health Science provides an avenue for advanced research and the extension of your knowledge and professional practice. The degree is suitable for those working in allied health, community health, complementary medicine, dentistry, medical radiation science, medical science, medicine, nursing or pharmaceutical science.

    Enhance your professional practice

    Your doctorate will consist of coursework and research training relevant to your current clinical or professional practice. Under academic supervision, you will develop a research question or topic for investigation, conduct an intensive literature review and critique and reflect on your professional practice. You will then undertake a research project and present the outcomes in a portfolio and exegesis, which may also include peer-reviewed reports or publications.

    Receive expert guidance

    Whether you are studying online or on campus, you will receive supervision and support from academic staff with expertise and research experience in your discipline. You will join a dynamic research community and have access to a range of valuable learning experiences.

    Consider applying for a scholarship

    CSU offers a number of merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals.

  • Career opportunities

    As a specialist in your discipline, you could work in policy or research roles or take up leadership or management positions in your practice area, in Australia or overseas. Successful completion of your Doctor of Health Science heralds your admission into a community of scholars and can pave the way for a rewarding academic career.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit


  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students will undertake the following components of this degree to obtain a combination of advanced coursework and research training relevant to their current clinical/professional practice:

    • Coursework component – 32 credit points;
    • Research component – 160 credit points.

    Coursework component
    This component is comprised of 32 credit points of coursework subjects:.

    HLT710 Clinical Issues in Health (8 points)
    HLT711 Clinical Judgement and Decision Making (8 points)
    [   ] Elective (8 points), to be approved at a suitable level for doctoral study by the Sub Dean, Graduate Studies

    Plus one of:

    BMS500 Biomedical Research Methods (8 points) or
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A (8 points)

    Research component
    This component requires students to work with their supervisory team to complete all aspects of their research project. The supervisory team will be comprised of one principal supervisor and at least one co-supervisor who are both permanent academic staff at Charles Sturt University. Supervisory teams may include additional co-supervisors who are adjuncts or external to the University, and may include appropriately qualified staff in the professional workplace of the candidate. All supervisors will be required to meet minimum qualification and professional experience standards and have been formally registered on the CSU Supervisor Registry.

    Under the guidance of their supervisors, students will determine an appropriate area of study that aligns with the Faculty’s designated fields of research, where appropriate, gain ethics and other approvals, conduct a detailed research investigation, and write and submit a portfolio with exegesis for examination. The research project is guided through enrolment in a series of research-related shell subjects with milestones being required before students can progress to the next subject. These subjects are as follows:

    HSC700 Research Critique and Publication (16 points)
    HSC701 Reflective Practice in Health Sciences (16 points)
    HSC712 Proposal for Applied Research Investigation (32 points)
    HSC703 Research Project and Report (64 points)
    HSC705 Health Science Portfolio and Exegesis (32 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    By Part-time study

    Session 1 (30)
    HLT710   Clinical Issues in Health
    PLUS one of:
    BMS500  Biomedical Research Methods
    HLT505  Research Methods in Health Sciences A

    Session 2 (60)
    HLT711   Clinical Judgement & Decision Making
    [           ]  Elective

    Session 3 (30)
    HSC700   Research Critique and Publication (16 points)

    Session 4 (60)
    HSC701  Reflective Practice in Health Science (16 points)

    Session 5 (30)
    HSC712  Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points) (commenced)

    Session 6 (60)
    HSC712  Proposal for Applied Research/Investigation (32 points) (completed)

    Session 7 (30)
    HSC703   Research Project and Report (64 points) (commenced)

    Session 8 (60)
    HSC703  Research Project and Report (64 points )(continued)

    Session 9 (30)
    HSC703  Research Project and Report (64 points) (continued)

    Session 10 (60)
    HSC703  Research Project and Report (64 points) (completed)

    Session 11 (30)
    HSC705  Health Science Portfolio and Exegesis (32 points) (commenced)

    Session 12 (60)
    HSC705  Health Science Portfolio and Exegesis (32 points) (completed)

    The pattern above reflects minimum candidature time. For students requiring up to four additional part-time sessions in the Health Science Portfolio and Exegesis, re-enrolment would occur in HSC705.

  • Admission information

    The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority to approval for admission to a research higher degree program. 

    Doctor of Health Science

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Health Science
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Health Science candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    • the  proposed  area of research  falls  within  an  approved University  field  of  research  for  admission  to  a higher degree by research;
    • the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    • the applicant has the background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    • the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Health Science

    The entry qualifications required for admission to a Doctor of Health Science program are:

    • working in an appropriate field within, or relevant to, the health professions and can demonstrate they have the opportunity and facilities to complete the applied research/investigation components of the course; and
      • qualified for the award of a Master by Research; or
      • hold a Bachelor degree with class 1 or class 2(i) Honours in a Health discipline from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent).

    Intending applicants should contact the Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies to discuss the proposal before submitting the prescribed application form. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application. Please phone info.csu on 1800 334 733 or make an online enquiry for the contact details of the appropriate person.

    Admission to candidature is subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

    Academic transcripts of all applicants will be examined in detail by the Doctor of Health Science Course Coordinator and proposed Principal Supervisor to ensure adequate discipline development has been attained at Master level or above.

    Applicants who have not completed approved research methods subjects will be required to complete these in addition to normal course requirements.

    International Higher Degree by Research students can commence study on campus no sooner than six weeks before the session start date and no later than the census date.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusUni WideRTSYYYKSDS
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYYOSDS
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPOSYYYISDS
    DirectOnlineUni WideRTSYYYESDS
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPPGYYYOHDH
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYYJSDS

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must have completed a portfolio and exegesis that complies in full with the relevant regulations (Higher Degree by Research: Examinable Works and Examination), and through the formal University examination process, is deemed to have met the requirements of a doctoral level degree. To graduate students must demonstrate that they have (a) a relevant depth and breadth of knowledge in the discipline, (b) made an original and significant contribution to the discipline, (c) applied adequate research process and methodology, and (d) produced work that is worthy of formal publication.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Health Science Higher Degrees by Research - Additional Information

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  • About the School

    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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