Doctor of Health Science in Population Health (DHSc)


Population Health

Degree Earned


Program Type


Program Contact

Name: Alexis Skoufalos, EdD
Position: Program Director

Admissions Contact

Name: April Smith
Position: Admissions and Recruitment Manager

901 Walnut Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: 215-503-5305

Initial cohort to begin Fall 2021.

Our DHSc in Population Health is designed for working professionals who are determined to transform the healthcare system. This cohort-based program is small, interactive and focused on creating a community of practice among the participants as they develop their knowledge and skills.

Program Structure

This 3-year cohort-based program combines the best of online content delivery, while also providing students with intensive mentoring, coaching and soft skills practice in face-to-face sessions with some of the best and bightest minds from across the country.

Students begin in January and will complete the program in December of the third year.

Online courses are offered asynchronously using best practices and interactive learning.

Program requirements include two in-person residencies (spring and fall) in each year. They are offered over the course of 4 days (bridging a weekend) on Jefferson's Center City campus in Philadelphia.

The in-person residency programs allow students to receive personalized attention and mentoring from faculty - an ideal opportunity to develop dissertation proposals, receive career coaching and build their professional network of contacts. There are also sessions devoted to career planning, board governance, and opportunities to interact with industry experts.

Program Audiences

An earned master's degree or other professional degree (e.g., PharmD, MBA, MHA, MEd, MSW, MD, MSN) is required. Certificate program graduates are not eligible for admission. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 applicable graduate credits into the program from other accredited institutions.

The program is for health professionals with diverse experience including, but not limited to:

  • Clinical professionals working in healthcare settings, healthcare plans or management companies, academic institutions, community organizations and public/government entities
  • Health administrators
  • Program specialists working in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic condition management
  • Health information technology and data professionals working in provider and payer systems
  • Individuals working in healthcare-related professional organizations and trade associations
  • Professionals who work in organizaions involved in delivery, administration or financing of health care

Program Features

  • Emphasis on developing the competencies for advanced population health practice
  • Experiential learning in an interprofessional and interactive environment
  • Career-focused content that includes networking, mentoring, coaching and leadership development
  • Dissertation built on a critical business priority, to provide organizational and professional return on investment