Doctor of Medical Science in Healthcare Leadership

Program Overview

The DMSc degree is a part-time and online program designed to appeal to a variety of students with differing career goals but who share an interest in healthcare leadership and administration. The program will comprise a series of core courses centered upon developing facility with healthcare systems and leadership. Once students have completed these initial core courses, they may progress into one of several concentrations, each designed to hone knowledge and skills specific to their individual interests and career goals. Finally, each student will be required to complete 3 courses in research methods in preparation for a final problem-based thesis project that will address a healthcare issue and its relationship to their chosen area of concentration.

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November 16th
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Robert Baginski Northeastern

Who is this degree for?

The Doctor of Medical Science in Healthcare Leadership is available to medical professionals of all types. Unlike similar DMSc programs that are tailored almost exclusively to Physician Assistants, this degree is available to any individual in a healthcare field who wishes to expand their knowledge and skills in order to advance their career.

  • Fully online, mostly asynchronous
  • The Doctor of Medical Science in Healthcare Leadership degree from Northeastern University is the first degree of this type to be offered by a R1 research institution
  • Allows medical professionals to advance their education and expand their career opportunities in the areas of healthcare leadership, medical education, and community engagement and advocacy
  • Facilitates entry of clinically trained and experienced individuals into the fields of healthcare administration and leadership that have traditionally been occupied by physicians and administrative executives

Robert M. Baginski, MD
Program Director
Director of Interdisciplinary Affairs & Associate Clinical Professor

Northeastern University
202 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-373-3195
Fax: 617-373-3338
[email protected]

Application Deadline:
December 1 — for Spring
August 1 — for Fall
Cost: $33K

Admission Requirement

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare-related field OR Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare-related field PLUS at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare-related field
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the accredited program
  • Current licensure/certification or possess an Emeritus status in their respective field

Other information

The DMSc is a fully online program*. Most core courses within the Program will be in an asynchronous format. However, some of the courses in the core and courses in some of the concentrations will not be held asynchronously and adhere to a semester and/or synchronous schedule. Please check the format for each course.

*Except for courses in the Health Informatics Research Concentration, which are, at present, offered only in-person at Northeastern’s Boston campus.

Program Requirements:

  • All DMSc candidates must earn at least 33 credits by completing core courses and research courses and by selecting a concentration. DMSc students may take additional electives and directed study courses, as needed, in consultation with their faculty advisors.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.
  • A grade of B- or higher is required in each course.
  • Not more than two courses or 6 semester hours of credit, whichever is greater, may be repeated to satisfy the requirements for the degree. The last grade earned in each of these repeated courses is counted in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

Sample Curriculum

Semester Year 1
  • MSCI 6003 Healthcare Leadership Seminar
  • MSCI 6900 Research Methods and Design
  • MSCI 6001 Principles of Healthcare Advocacy
  • HLTH 5410 Introduction to Statistics in Health and Behavioral Science
  • PHTH 6204 Society, Behavior, and Health
  • MSCI 6002 Workforce Metrics: Measuring, Comparing, and Privileging Your Interprofessional Healthcare Team
  • MSCI 7990 Thesis Seminar

Courses are determined by chosen concentration. Each concentration comprises 4 courses within each discipline.
Thesis will also be completed and presented by program completion.

Health Informatics Practice Concentration

12 Credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
HINF 6220 Database Design, Access, Modeling and Security 3
HINF 6400 Introduction to Health Data Analytics 3
HINF 5101 Introduction to Health Informatics Systems 3
HINF 6205 Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge (selective) 3
HINF 5407 Business Application of Decision Support in Healthcare (selective) 3

Health Informatics Research Concentration

12 Credits
At present, courses offered in person on NU’s Boston campus only

Course No. Course Name Credits
HINF 6220 Database Design, Access, Modeling and Security 3
HINF 6400 Introduction to Health Data Analytics 3
HINF 5200 Theoretical Foundations in Personal Health Informatics 3
HINF 5300 Personal Health Interface Design and Development 3
CS 6350 Empirical Research Methods 3

Health Law Concentration

12 Credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
LS 6102 Introduction to Legal Studies II 3
LS 6180 Health Law Survey 3
LS 6181 Healthcare Regulation and Compliance 3
LS 6182 Patient Records, Privacy and Security 3
LS 6110 Law of Information & Records 3
HRM 6030 Employee Rights & Employer Obligations 3
LS 6150 Law & Organizational Management 3

Public Health Concentration

12 Credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
PHTH 6200 Principles and History of Urban Health 3
PHTH 6208 Urban Community Health Assessment 3
PHTH 5212 Public Health Administration and Policy 3
PHTH 5120 Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the US 3

Business Management Concentration

12-15 credits based on need for prerequisite

Course No. Course Name Credits
FINA 6201 Financial Theory and Policy 3
FINA 6220 Healthcare Finance
(*Requires Prerequisite)
(The following courses do not have prerequisites and may be taken concurrently with FINA 6201 or FINA)
MGMT 6222 Healthcare Industry 3
MGMT 6223 Strategic Decision-Making for Healthcare Professional/Leaderships 3
MGSC 6221 Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems 3

Pharmacy and Health Systems Science Concentration

12 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
PHMD 5223 Evidence Based Medicine 2
PHMD 5250 Pharmacy Care Management 4
PHMD 5560 Applied Drug Information 2
PHMD 5270 Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals & Pharmacy Practice 2
PHMD 5575 Pharmaceutical Industry 2

Integrative Concentration

12 credits

Student will select 4 courses from available concentrations to meet their professional goals.

Course selection will be done in consultation with their academic advisor and will prepare the student for their thesis project to address a current healthcare problem of practice.