PhD Health Sciences Online
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Class Type 100% online, 8-week courses
Next Start Date Jan 15, 2024
Transfer Credits Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Accreditation Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC
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Take Your Next Step as an Allied Health Professional with Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Health Sciences

Are you an allied health professional seeking a terminal degree? Do you have a passion for teaching at the college level, helping people lead healthier lifestyles, serving patients in a clinical setting, or equipping athletes to perform at their best? If so, Liberty’s online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences can help you achieve excellence in your field. Whether you’re looking to pursue higher-level clinical roles, or you want to help train up the next generation of scientists and scholars, our health sciences program provides valuable training that can help prepare you for new roles and responsibilities.

Throughout this doctoral degree in health sciences, you’ll study advanced topics in leadership, research, and evidence-based practice. Our goal is to help build on your previous education and experience so you can pursue new job opportunities in the field of allied health. By completing our online PhD in Health Sciences, you can strengthen your effectiveness as a professor, scientist, scholar, or industry leader.

Partner with us and train to lead with excellence and integrity in teaching, research, service, and health care!

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Health Sciences PhD?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in healthcare professions is projected to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all industries.* Whether you’re interested in research, administration, policy, education, or exercise science, our PhD in Health Sciences online is designed to help you become a leader in this rapidly growing field.

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, Liberty is committed to offering programs that blend flexibility, affordability, and accessibility. With our PhD in Health Sciences, you can hone your skill set and become equipped to help meet the need for allied health personnel and faculty.

Here are some of the benefits of pursuing Liberty’s doctorate in health sciences:

  • Online Courses | Our health sciences program is offered 100% online, so you can earn your degree on your schedule. Our top-notch online learning environment allows you to network with other professionals and receive a quality education without having to leave the comfort of home. Most importantly, you can stay invested in the things that matter — like your family, job, and community — while taking the next step in your academic journey.
  • Respected Credentials | Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). You can pursue your health sciences PhD with confidence knowing that our programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements.
  • Flexible Degree Options | While pursuing this PhD program, you’ll be able to personalize your plan of study. For example, the general track has no set courses — so you can select classes that align with your career goals or that best support your dissertation topic.
  • Valuable Mentorship | Throughout this health sciences program, you’ll study under faculty who have years of experience working in sports performance, exercise science, healthcare administration, and other related fields. With their guidance, you can develop the skills needed to help meet the complex needs of the healthcare community.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Healthcare Occupations (viewed online April 26, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hourFind out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

Specializations for the PhD in Health Sciences Program

At Liberty, you can customize your health sciences degree by selecting a specialization in the area that interests you the most.


Exercise and Sport Science

Trauma-Informed Care

What Will You Learn in Our Doctoral Degree in Health Sciences?

Throughout this program, you can learn how to conduct original research, serve diverse populations, and apply ethical principles to complex healthcare discussions. The core content of our doctoral degree in health sciences covers healthcare delivery systems, ethical issues, leadership strategies, risk management, and evidence-based practices in health sciences. You can also explore how to meet the needs of various learners and utilize effective methods for instruction and evaluation — strengthening your ability to teach at the college level.

Additionally, you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics as they relate to the health sciences discipline. By studying important literature in the field, you can prepare to conduct original research for your dissertation. The dissertation process provides an opportunity for you to contribute your own scholarly work to the base of knowledge in your field. You’ll also have the freedom to select a specialization and pursue a focused area of study that best matches your interests and career goals.

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What Can You Do with a PhD in Health Sciences?

Depending on your previously obtained certifications and licenses, some of the roles you could pursue after earning this degree include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Healthcare communications specialist
  • Medical assistant
  • Nutritional consultant
  • Professor
  • Public health worker

Highlights of Our Online PhD in Health Sciences

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
  • Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders and experts in allied health from across the country while pursuing your online health sciences degree.
  • Our 100% online courses give you the freedom to earn your degree on your schedule.

Doctorate in Health Sciences Online Degree Information

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Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Doctoral Degree in Health Sciences

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses documentation verifying military status is required.

Transfer Policies

At Liberty, we want to help you make the most of your prior education by allowing you to transfer in previously earned college credit. That’s why you can transfer in up to 50% of your total credits for a master’s or doctoral program!

Some restrictions apply. Please visit our Transfer Policy page for more information.