Master of Science in Health Studies

Website: https://twu.edu/health-studies/graduate-programs/ms-in-health-studies/

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 educate people about behaviors to promote health and wellness across 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.

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 will provide students the opportunity to learn to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene programs. In addition, successful completion of the program may help qualify graduates of the program for 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.

Admissions

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

Thesis Option: 42-43 semester credit hours (SCH) that includes 18 SCH of required program courses, 9 SCH of focal area courses, 9-10 SCH of research tools, and 6 SCH of thesis

Internship/Professional Affiliation/National Certification Option: 36 semester credit hours (SCH) that includes 18 SCH of required program courses, 12 SCH of focal area courses, and 6 SCH of research tools

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

Thesis Option (42-43 SCH)

Health Studies Core
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Promotion3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 5383Program Planning and Implementation in Health Promotion3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Promotion Planning and Delivery3
Focal Area
9 SCH from one of the following Focal Areas (Practicum is not required)9
Higher Education
Curriculum Development for Health Professionals
Principles and Methods of Teaching for 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 5023Health Promotion Research Methods3
Select one of the following3-4
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Applied Statistical Principles
Applied Statistics in Health Promotion
Statistical Methods I
Thesis
HS 5983Thesis (during semester prospectus meeting is scheduled)3
HS 5993Thesis (every semester chair advises defense)3
Total SCHs42-43

Internship/Professional Affiliation/National Certification Option (36 SCH)

Health Studies Core
HS 5413Current Issues in Health Promotion3
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 6443Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 5383Program Planning and Implementation in Health Promotion3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Promotion Planning and Delivery3
Focal Area
Select 12 SCH from one of the following Focal Areas12
Higher Education
Curriculum Development for Health Professionals
Principles and Methods of Teaching for Health Professionals
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Internship/Professional Affiliation in Health Promotion
Community/Population Health
Population Health
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Internship/Professional Affiliation in Health Promotion
Worksite Health
Worksite Health Promotion
Risk Reduction
Leadership Elective (speak with advisor)
Internship/Professional Affiliation in Health Promotion
Research Tools
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
Select one from the following3
Applied Statistics in Health Promotion
Applied Statistical Principles
Statistical Methods I
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Total SCHs36

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 Hygiene3
Research Tools
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 5703Applied Statistics in Health Promotion3
Total SCHs36

Emphasis

9 SCH (Thesis Option) or 12 SCH (Internship/Professional Affiliation/National Certification Option) from one of three focal areas offered among Higher Education, Community/Population Health, or Worksite Health. The emphasis in Dental Hygiene does not include focal areas. 

Residence Requirement

For students in the Thesis Option, campus visits are required to defend the complete proposal and again to defend the complete thesis. There is no resident requirement for students in the Internship/Professional Affiliation/National Certification Option and Emphasis in Dental Hygiene.

Final Examination

For the Thesis Option, the successful oral defense of a completed thesis; for Internship/Professional Affiliation/National Certification /Emphasis in Dental Hygiene, a written comprehensive core project on the core coursework is required.