http://www.unisa.ac.za/contents/courses/calendars2006/docs/cb5_school_arts_doctor_lit_phil.pdf Due to miscommunication, I was told that one could earn a PhD in Health Studies through UNISA (University of South Africa). However, as I made my final preparations to apply, I learned that the degree would indeed be “DLitt et Phil”. With some recently added info on the UNISA website I also learned that the Health Science department was formerly the Nursing Science department and that all faculty members are nurses. The latter does not concern me greatly, as long as someone is willing to help me with my osteoarthritis and exercise related thesis. It is after all health related and a doctoral level nurse might offer unique insights that I had not considered as an exercise physiologist. However, the DLitt et Phil is a concern since I am in the United States. I understand that this degree is well known in ZA and is not considered a lesser degree than a PhD. From what I understand it does seem to be more associated with ‘arts’ than with ‘science’. Indeed, at UNISA the PhD is awarded for students that enter with a Master of Science with the exception of the Health Science department. Why they make this distinction is not clear. I have discussed the pros and cons of UNISA’s DLitt et Phil with doctoral level colleagues in the US and they have advised against it, only because I would have to explain what it is for the rest of my career and thus it would be less utilitarian for career advancement as a research scientist. So . . . any opinions on (1) DLitt et Phil vs. PhD; and (2) other Health Science PhD programs in ZA, Australia, the UK, etc? My employer has agreed to cover my UNISA tuition – about $2k per year. So if I come back to them with a program at 3 times the cost of UNISA that could be an issue in itself. I have contacted Charles Sturt, but so far no one seems interested in my research topic. Back to square one on my search. Thanks!