Dual Degree: Master of Science in Health Studies and Master of Library Science

Website: https://twu.edu/health-studies/graduate-programs/dual-degree-ms-in-health-studiesmaster-of-library-science/

Students in the dual-degree program will earn two degrees: the Master of Library Science and the Master of Science in Health Studies. Both degree programs are available entirely online.

The Master of Library Science degree prepares professionals for careers as health librarians and information specialists in hospitals, medical centers, medical schools, nursing colleges, and other public and private agencies. The Master of Science in Health Studies prepares students for leadership positions in the disciplines of health education and health promotion.  

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

For the Master of Library Science

  1. Deliver innovative, high-quality health information services responsive to the needs of diverse communities.

  2. Utilize technologies to meet changing health information needs.

  3. Facilitate the access and use of biomedical, clinical, and health information.

For the M.S. in Health Studies

  1. Communicate and advocate for the improvement of health.

  2. Assess health needs and recommend appropriate solutions.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

54 semester credit hours (SCH) consisting of:

  • 21 SCH of Library Science courses
  • 24 SCH of Health Studies courses
  • 9 SCH of Dual Degree courses
Required Library Science Courses
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5043Information and Communication Technology3
LS 5003Collection Development and Management3
LS 5363Health Sciences Information Services Management3
LS 5473Health Reference Services and Resources3
LS 5483Patient and Consumer Health Information3
Required Health Studies Course
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Promotion3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Promotion Planning and Delivery3
HS 5383Program Planning and Implementation in Health Promotion3
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS Elective (speak with advisor)3
Dual Degree Requirements
Graduate Level Statistics Course3
HS 5023Health Promotion Research Methods3
LS 5843Practicum3
Total SCHs54

Residence Requirement

Successful completion of new HS student online orientation during the first year in the program.

Final Examination

Health Studies: A written comprehensive core project on the core coursework is required.
Library Science: Completion of the LS 5843 Practicum course.