- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota is launching a doctoral program in health sciences.

USD officials say the degree will prepare practicing health care professionals for leadership roles in academics, research, and clinical practice settings. The courses will be offered online.

School officials told the South Dakota Board of Regents this past week that many health care practitioners have years of clinical experience but lack an advanced degree needed to teach others. The Ph.D. in health sciences will allow working professionals to follow their career aspirations and research interests with minimal time spent on campus.

The doctoral program will launch starting this fall and is expected to graduate 10 students annually after full implementation.

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