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Doctor of Health (DOHH)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

  • -

View USQ Handbook

Take the health profession to the next level

Do you have a passion for making a difference? The Doctor of Health is a research degree designed for health professionals seeking a doctoral qualification in a health-related field.

USQ is rated well above world standards in pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, medical and health sciences and therefore you will study alongside internationally-renowned health researchers. This program incorporates scientific and/or industry collaboration which will provide opportunities for research and knowledge development in health related areas. The aim of this doctoral degree is to advance your theoretical and conceptual understanding of issues faced in the health sector and equip you with skills to identify and solve these challenges.

As a doctoral student, you will also contribute to the outstanding research produced at the University of Southern Queensland through an individual research paper, publication, and scientific or industry collaborations.

Doctor of Health or PhD?

The Doctor of Health is designed for health professionals looking to upgrade their skills, knowledge and qualifications through a combination of coursework and research project work.

Doctor of Health graduates may pursue careers in academia, industry, and/or government sectors.
Courses to be studied Units
Coursework courses 8
plus research project courses 16
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 28400

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or 
  • a Masters degree (with a significant research component), or
  • other qualifications and/or experiences equivalent to a minimum Second Class Honours (Division A), as deemed appropriate by the respective faculty.

Normally, all students will be enrolled as provisional candidates, with their status being reviewed through the Confirmation of Candidature process. Student are expected to complete the Confirmation of Candidature within 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time enrolment. The Confirmation of Candidature process consists of two components:

  1. a written document; and
  2. an oral presentation to a review panel leading to a recommendation on Confirmation of Candidature.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

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