Master of Science in Health Studies (Dental Hygiene)


The Master of Science in Health Studies program prepares students to work as health educators. As a health promotion/health education program, the M.S. program prepares students to promote health and wellness across diverse settings. Such settings include health departments, hospitals, clinics, nonprofit agencies, corporate wellness programs, and community health settings. Graduates are eligible to take the MCHES® Exam to become Master Certified Health Education Specialists.

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Dental Hygiene Emphasis

Students who have graduated with an entry-level dental hygiene degree and a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field may pursue an M.S. in Health Studies with an emphasis in Dental Hygiene that will prepare leaders in dental hygiene and health education. This emphasis area allows students to learn to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate oral health programs. In addition, successful completion of the program may help qualify graduates of the program for professional promotions and positions in dental career education, wellness coordination, or dental health administration/management.

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."

  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.

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

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites or Co-requisites

  1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
  2. Successful completion of new student orientation within the first year.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

Emphasis in Dental Hygiene Option: 36 semester credit hours (SCH) that includes 18 SCH of required program courses, 12 SCH of Dental Hygiene emphasis area courses, and 6 SCH of research tools

Emphasis in Dental Hygiene (36 SCH)

Health Studies Core
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Promotion3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HS 5723Health Care in a Culture of Poverty3
HS 5763Alternative Dental Health Careers3
HS 5383Program Planning and Implementation in Health Promotion3
Dental Hygiene
HS 5713Dental Hygiene Leadership and Advocacy3
HS 5733Dental Hygiene Clinical Education3
HS 5753Interprofessional Collaboration and Health Promotion3
HS 5783Research in Dental Hygiene 3
Research Tools
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 5703Applied Statistics in Health Promotion3
Total SCHs36

Residence Requirement

There is no resident requirement for students in the Emphasis in Dental Hygiene.

Final Examination

For emphasis in Dental Hygiene, a written comprehensive core project on the core coursework is required.