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Master of Science in Health Sciences – Health Education

Master of Science in Health Sciences – Health Education

The Master of Science in Health Sciences – Health Education specialization prepares professionals to administer and develop health education programs, implement health education processes and concepts, understand current health issues and master the skills and knowledge necessary for leadership positions in the field of health education. The curriculum emphasizes educational, interpersonal, community and legislative factors that promote positive health behavior based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization. Graduates of this degree program may function as community health educators in a variety of settings – both public and private. Courses are available on-campus only. Students who successfully graduate from the program may be eligible to take the National Certification of Health Educators Exam (CHES).

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in health sciences must complete 6 Prerequisite credits prior to starting the program
  • Complete and submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
  • Admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
  • Submitted documentation of a completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Complete an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)
TUITION & COST

Per Credit Hour: $575
Per Academic Year: $10,350
Estimated Tuition: $20,700 (including fees)

COMPLETION TIME

4 semesters/16 months*

*Dependent on course load

Core Requirements
24 Credits
Health Education Concentration Requirements
12 Credits
Master of Science in Health Sciences Total
36 Credits

Core Requirements

MHS 500: Health Through the Life Course

The course provides an overview of human development and aging as normal part of the life cycle. Demographic and epidemiological trends with respect to the life course will be examined. Common diseases over the life course and their impact upon caregivers will be explored. Health behavior theory and health education planning models will be introduced and applied in the context of chronic disease prevention. The course provides a conceptual framework to understand the interrelationships among psychological, biological, and social factors and their influence on development and health.

3 Credits

MHS 502: Health Promotions, Program Planning, Design and Evaluation

The course provides students with the capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in various community and health care settings. Needs assessment methods, planning models, goals and objectives setting, strategy selection, data collection, and quality and evaluation issues will be addressed.

Prerequisites: None

3 Credits

MHS 504: Cultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Health

The course provides an overview of essential concepts related to culture and cross-cultural perspectives in health and health care. The overreaching goals of this course are to develop cultural awareness and an intercultural understanding of health, to provide the ability to function effectively in multicultural settings as health educators and health administrators, and to learn to identify social determinants of health to effectively address cultural factors related to individual and population health, health disparities, and health services.

3 Credits

MHS 508: Research in Health Sciences

The course is designed to provide students the capability to evaluate research findings in the field of health sciences in preparation for the Capstone course, and in addition to identify the relationship of conceptual models and theories to research (knowledge building). Quantitative reasoning and statistical analysis will be introduced as they are applied to performing scientific investigations.

3 Credits

MHS 510: Mental Health and Society

This course is an overview of mental disorder in our society. Topics include biological, psychological, medical, legal, social, and health services issues related to mental health and wellness. Major legal cases, legislation, and governmental reports relevant to health care policies on mental health will be covered.

3 Credits

MHS 512: Health Services Program Administration

The course provides a full introduction to health care program administration and an overview of the skills and models commonly utilized by members of the profession. The main skills applied to managing health care programs are discussed.

Prerequisite: MHS 502

3 Credits

MHS 518: Global Health

Knowledge of the tenets of global health strategically addressing health inequities is introduced. Priority- setting and evidence-based health promotion on issues will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on the best practices and future directions to be undertaken as an individual, community and or as part of a national endeavor.

3 Credits

MHS 599: Capstone Integrative Project*

The integrative Capstone course is for students completing their master studies in Health Sciences. The focus is on helping students to choose and define their research topic, to formulate the research question, and guiding them through research and writing process of their thesis. It also teaches how to effectively present the results of their work to the Graduate Committee.

Prerequisite: MHS 508

3 Credits

MHS 999: Graduate Professional Symposium

Graduate Professional Symposium (Optional Internship Course)

1 credit course per semester that runs concurrently with the required course schedule

Concentration

MHS 501: Aging and Health Education

The course teaches students about the physical, social, psychological, and economic changes related to aging, and the impacts of an aging population on the delivery of health care services. Overall discussion will include socioeconomic/ demographic trends, public policies, long-term care, Alzheimer’s disease, and family care giving.

3 Credits

MHS 503: Perspectives in Community Health Education

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of public and community health. Models, theories, and policy analyses are included. It also provides an introduction to the nature of community health services and resources.

3 Credits

MHS 507: Ethical Issues in Public Health

The course examines the legal and ethical issues involved in the use of health related information in public health. Issues of autonomy, individual rights, fairness, the private and the public good are important to public health policy.

3 Credits

MHS 519: Health Literacy and Communication

Understanding health information is essential to “helping the people connect the dots.” This course will focus on gaining access vital to one’s health sustenance and maintenance. Strategies to improve literacy from the grassroots to policy-making levels are discussed and applied.

3 Credits