Master of Science in Health Studies

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

   1. Thesis (42 semester credit hours)

18 semester credit hours of required program courses, 9 semester credit hours of focal area courses, 9 semester credit hours of research tools, and 6 semester credit hours of thesis

   2. Non-Thesis (36 semester credit hours)

18 semester credit hours of required program courses, 12 semester credit hours of focal area courses, and 6 semester credit hours of research tools

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

18 semester credit hours of required program courses, 12 semester credit hours of Dental Hygiene focal area courses, and 6 semester credit hours of research tools

Thesis Option (42 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
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 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
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
HS 5983Thesis (during semester prospectus meeting is scheduled)3
HS 5993Thesis (every semester chair advises defense)3
Total SCHs42

Non-Thesis Option (36 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
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
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
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
Total SCHs36

Emphasis in Dental Hygiene (36 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Studies3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Foundations of Health Science3
HS 5723Health Care in a Culture of Poverty3
HS 5763Alternative Dental Health Careers3
HS 5383Program Development and Coordination3
Dental Hygiene
HS 5713Dental Hygiene Leadership and Advocacy3
HS 5733Dental Hygiene Clinical Education3
HS 5753Interprofessional Collaboration and Health Promotion3
HS 5783Research in Dental Hygiene3
Research Tools
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 5703Applied Statistics for Health Educators3
Total SCHs36

Emphasis

9 semester credit hours (Thesis Option) or 12 semester credit hours (Non-Thesis Option) 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. Undergraduate degree from accredited university
  2. Successful completion of new student 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.