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phd in health sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Health Sciences

Our interdisciplinary program helps healthcare professionals become advanced practitioners, researchers, managers and educators - and Seton Hall is one of only two schools in New Jersey to offer the health sciences doctorate.

Whether your ultimate goals are in the classroom or the boardroom, as a clinician or a researcher, the Seton Hall Ph.D. in Health Sciences program offers a relevant specialization track. Our students can choose to focus on health professions leadership, movement science or speech-language pathology.

Students choose to study full- or part-time. Our courses meet once a week in the evening, so you can elect to take one, two or three courses per semester.

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  • 3 Specialization Tracks Available
  • 100 Students Currently Enrolled
  • 1 of Two N.J. Schools With Health Sciences Ph.D.
Jesus Jessie Casida

“My research was the first to investigate the extent to which nurse managers’ leadership behaviors influence a nursing unit’s performance in areas such as patient satisfaction, length of hospital stay, cost effectiveness and quality care.”

Jesus “Jessie” Casida, Ph.D. ’07, RN, APN-C, CCRN-CSC
Chair, Undergraduate Honors Program at University of Michigan School of Nursing


Our broad-based curriculum lets students explore many areas of health sciences. The curriculum covers core coursework, specialization tracks and research, culminating in the defense and publication of a doctoral dissertation.

Students develop their individualized plan of study with a dedicated academic adviser who is a member of the faculty. Coursework also is enhanced by regular interactions with professionals in varied health fields, including nursing, hospital and healthcare systems management, pharmaceutical, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology.

Admission Requirements

A Master's degree from an accredited, entry-level healthcare professional program is required for admission.


  • April 1 - Application deadline for admission starting in a Summer/Fall semester
  • November 1 - Application deadline for admission starting in a Spring semester

Program Faculty

Our doctorally prepared faculty work together within the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration to create a dynamic and challenging environment for our students. They are knowledgeable teachers and compassionate mentors whose expertise comprises a wide range of health disciplines, from physical therapy and neuroscience to corporate leadership and health law.

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Michelle D'Abundo, Ph.D.
Michelle D'Abundo
Associate Professor
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Deborah Deluca
Deborah Deluca
Assistant Professor
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Ning Jackie Zhang
Ning (Jackie) Zhang
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
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Learn the Art and Science of Caring

In response to society's rapidly changing healthcare needs, the School of Health and Medical Sciences combines the expertise of Seton Hall University with the resources of affiliate healthcare sites to provide exemplary academic and clinical training in graduate-level health sciences and health administration. The school's emphasis on interprofessional education prepares healthcare leaders of tomorrow to focus on patient-centered care and to make a difference in patients' lives and their communities.

Contact Us

Patrick McDermott, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment and Student Affairs
School of Health and Medical Sciences
(973) 275-2062

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