Doctor of Health Science

button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis. A distinguishing feature of the DHSc is the very clear focus on practice. The purpose of research within this degree is to inform and impact on practice. To this end, students are encouraged to build collaborative relationships with health system managers, policy makers and practice experts and engage in dialogue throughout the planning, enacting and dissemination phases of their research project.


The DHSc is a combination of papers and research, with coursework papers totalling 120 points and a thesis of 240 points. You provide a full research proposal when nearing the end of coursework, before commencing the thesis paper.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3664
Points: 360
Duration: 3½ years full-time / 6 years part-time
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome at all times during the year. 

  • A master’s degree, normally with first class or second class (first division) honours, or a four-year bachelor’s degree, normally with first class or second class (first division) honours, in a discipline appropriate to proposed research (must have included advanced learning in research, a research report / thesis)
    And
  • At least five years' of professional experience in the discipline or field relevant to the proposed thesis topic

Acceptance is subject to the availability of staff for supervision, prior research preparation and appropriate facilities.

Scholarship information

AUT offers numerous scholarships and awards to eligible students. Aside from the general scholarships AUT offers, there is additional funding specific to the students in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. 

See the Scholarships webpage for more information on the range of scholarships and awards you can apply for at AUT. 

You complete the following papers:

HEAL910 Health Systems Analysis (40 points)
HEAL911 Practice and Philosophies (40 points)
HEAL912 Research Practice and Methodology (40 points)
HEALX99 Thesis in Health Science (240 points)

More information

Interested in studying the Doctor of Health Science? We want your enrolment process to be as easy as possible, so if you are interested in studying the DHSc, please contact us:

Professor Liz Smythe

liz.smythe@aut.ac.nz
09 921 9999 ext 7196

For more information on the qualification download the flyer.

Last updated: 18-Jul-2017 2.51pm

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