Doctorate Health Science Trauma Informed Care
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Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Prepare to Help People Overcome Trauma with Liberty’s PhD in Health Sciences – Trauma Informed Care

Trauma is more than a condition – it is a crippling, life-altering state of mind that can make the most common tasks impossible, damage relationships, and destroy one’s sense of self. Victims of trauma often find themselves in a pit of indescribable despair that seems impossible to climb out of. Fortunately, help and hope are available – and if you want to join the fight against trauma, Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences – Trauma Informed Care can equip you with the skills you need.

This degree program has been designed with the success of both you and your clients in mind. In this trauma psychology program, you will dive into curricula that cover a wide variety of topics – including ethical issues in the health sciences, crisis and first responder training, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat trauma, and much more. Our professors are experts with years of experience in education and trauma treatment – so you can feel confident in the quality of instruction you will receive.

The time has never been better to pursue an online trauma PhD program, and at Liberty University, it has never been simpler. Don’t put your career on hold any longer – partner with us, gain valuable skills, and take your career in the helping professions to new heights.  

Why Choose Liberty’s Doctorate in Health Sciences – Trauma Informed Care Degree?

Liberty University has extensive experience developing distance degree programs – we’ve been pioneering nontraditional education since 1985. We don’t shortchange you when you pursue an online degree program – we empower you by harnessing the power of a world-class curriculum into a convenient format that you can access from anywhere in the world. This degree program is offered 100% online in mostly 8-week courses, so you can earn your PhD while remaining committed to your job, family, and community.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least 1 trauma in their lifetime.* In addition, 6 out of 100 Americans will have PTSD at some point in their life, and roughly 12 million American adults struggle with PTSD during a given year.* These troubling statistics demand action. By partnering with us for your trauma-informed care degree, you can help reverse the growing trend of trauma in the United States and abroad.

While some doctoral programs can take up to 5 years to complete, our doctorate in health sciences can be completed in as little as 3 years – so you won’t have to spend an extended amount of time earning your degree. While our health sciences and trauma PhD allows you to finish your studies in a reasonable amount of time, we do not sacrifice academic rigor for expediency. Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) – so you can pursue your degree with confidence.

*PTSD: National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at How Common Is PTSD in Adults? (viewed online Aug. 12, 2022).

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible 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 as you work towards your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in Our Trauma-Informed Care PhD Degree?

This degree program consists of 4 sections: core courses, research and statistics classes, the trauma-informed care specialization, and a dissertation sequence.

In the core courses, you will study ethical issues in health sciences, healthcare delivery systems, and cultural competency in health sciences. You will also study principles and theories of teaching in health professions, leadership in professional practices, risk management, and evidence-based practices in health sciences.

From there, this degree covers a review of health literature, qualitative research, and quantitative research. The trauma-informed care specialization teaches crisis and first responder training, the intricacies of PTSD and combat-related trauma, and effective community responses to mental health issues. Furthermore, you will explore assessment and testing in the treatment of trauma as well as empirically supported trauma treatments.

To round out your studies, you will complete a 4-step dissertation on a topic you’re passionate about. Each step of the dissertation is 1 semester long – giving you ample opportunity to think, research, write, and edit.

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Highlights of Our Trauma Informed Care PhD Program

  • 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 the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • You can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch library portal while pursuing your doctoral degree in health sciences.
  • As an online student, you’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders in health sciences from across the country.

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    Potential Career Opportunities for Health Sciences – Trauma Informed Care PhD Graduates

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

    • Healthcare administrator
    • Healthcare communications specialist
    • Medical assistant
    • Professor
    • Public health worker

    Admission Requirements for the PhD in Health Sciences Degree

    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.


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