Graduates of the dual-degree program will earn two degrees: the Master of Library Science and the Master of Science in Health Studies. The degree programs are available entirely online.
The Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree prepares professionals for leadership roles as 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.
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
- Apply professional competencies in acquiring, organizing, delivering, and preserving information and knowledge.
- Demonstrate evidence-based practice in professional decision-making.
- Plan for community-embedded services to meet the needs of diverse constituencies.
- Apply technologies to meet information needs in a variety of contexts.
- Disseminate professional knowledge through venues such as teaching, research, publication, and service activities.
- Plan for continuous, career-long professional development.
For the M.S. in Health Studies
- Communicate and advocate for the improvement of health.
- 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.
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 5083||Foundations of Library and Information Studies||3|
|LS 5053||Information Retrieval||3|
|LS 5043||Information and Communication Technology||3|
|LS 5003||Collection Development||3|
|LS 5363||Health Sciences Information Services Management||3|
|LS 5473||Health Reference Services and Resources||3|
|LS 5483||Patient and Consumer Health Information||3|
|Required Health Studies Course|
|HS 5413||Current Issues in Health Studies||3|
|HS 6443||Foundations of Health Science||3|
|HS 5423||Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions||3|
|HS 6453||Strategies in Health Education Delivery||3|
|HS 5383||Program Development and Coordination||3|
|HS 5013||Data Collection and Analysis||3|
|HS Elective (speak with advisor)||3|
|Dual Degree Requirements|
|Graduate Level Statistics Course||3|
|HS 5023||Methods in Health Education Research||3|
Successful completion of new HS student online orientation during the first year in the program.
Health Studies: A written comprehensive core project on the core coursework is required.
Library Science: The SLIS Final Exam comprises submission of the Final Exam Portfolio, to be reviewed by the Final Exam Committee.