Master of Science in Health Studies

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Program Options

  1. Thesis (42 semester credit hours)

18 semester credit hours (required program courses), 9 semester credit hours (focal area courses), 9 semester credit hours (research tools), 6 semester credit hours (thesis)

   2. Non-Thesis (39 semester credit hours)

18 semester credit hours (required program courses), 12 semester credit hours (focal area courses), 6 semester credit hours (research tools), 3 semester credit hours (electives)

   3. emphasis in Dental Hygiene (36 semester credit hours)

18 semester credit hours (required program courses), 12 semester credit hours (Dental Hygiene focal), 6 semester credit hours (research tools)

Emphasis

9-12 semester credit hours from one of three focal areas offered among higher education, community/population health, or work-site health (except for Dental Hygiene).

Residence Requirement

None for Non-Thesis/Dental Hygiene Option. For Thesis Option, campus visits are required to defend prospectus and again to defend final thesis.

Prerequisites or Co-requisites

  1. A bachelor’s degree in the field of health education/health promotion or related field and
  2. New Master’s program students will be required to successfully complete an online orientation within the first year.

Final Examination

For thesis option the defense of thesis; for non-thesis/Dental Hygiene option a written comprehensive core project on the core coursework is required. The project will be included as a portion of HS 5383. Final Project passing grade will be a minimum of 80%. The course may be repeated once if the minimum passing grade is not achieved.

Master of Science in Health Studies Program of Study (39 or 42 semester credit hours)

Thesis Option (42 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (18 SCH)
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Studies3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Foundations of Health Science3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 5383Program Development and Coordination3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Education Delivery3
Focal Area (9 SCH)
9 semester credit hours from one of the following Focal Areas: Practicum is not Required9
Higher Education
Curriculum Development for Health Professionals
Principles and Methods of Teaching Health Professionals
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Community/Population Health
Population Health
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Worksite Health
Worksite Health Promotion
Risk Reduction
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Research Tools (9 SCH)
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 5023Methods in Health Education Research3
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Applied Statistical Principles
Applied Statistics for Health Educators
Statistical Methods I
Thesis (6 SCH)
HS 5983Thesis (during semester prospectus meeting is scheduled)3
HS 5993Thesis (every semester chair advises defense)3
Total Semester Credit Hours42


Non-Thesis Option (39 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (18 SCH)
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Studies3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Foundations of Health Science3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 5383Program Development and Coordination3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Education Delivery3
Focal Area (12 SCH)
Select 12 semester credit hours from one of the following Focal Areas:12
Higher Education
Curriculum Development for Health Professionals
Principles and Methods of Teaching Health Professionals
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Practicum in Health Education
Community/Population Health
Population Health
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Practicum in Health Education
Worksite Health
Worksite Health Promotion
Risk Reduction
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Practicum in Health Education
Research Tools (6 SCH)
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Applied Statistical Principles
Applied Statistics for Health Educators
Statistical Methods I
Electives (3 SCH)
Select three semester hours (speak with advisor)3
Total Semester Credit Hours39


Master of Science in Health Studies (emphasis in Dental Hygiene) Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (18 SCH)
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Studies3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Foundations of Health Science3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Education Delivery3
HS 5383Program Development and Coordination3
Dental Hygiene (12 SCH)
HS 5903Special Topics (Dental Hygiene)3
HS 5903Special Topics (Global Oral Health)3
HS 5903Special Topics (Alternative Dental Hygiene Careers)3
HS 5903Special Topics (Dental Hygiene Educational Methodology)3
Research Tools (6 SCH)
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 5703Applied Statistics for Health Educators3
Total Semester Credit Hours36