Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Health Science?
Graduates of the health science master’s program launch or enhance careers in health
care or community health within for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations.
- Build on your experience in health education, public health, psychology, nursing,
or other health-related fields.
- Develop a strong background in behavioral sciences, quantitative analysis, and program
planning at the graduate level.
- Broaden your knowledge, learn new skills, and prepare to make significant contributions
to your communities.
Choose Your Specialty
Tailor the program to fit your academic needs and professional goals. Choose your
specialization and pursue one of the following concentrations:
This concentration, focusing on the business side of healthcare, helps you build the
skills you need to play a leadership role in public, private and community health
- Choose courses in healthcare systems, finance, and management to enhance your skills
- Strengthen your leadership skills by adding the Health Leadership Graduate Certificate. The certificate easily fits within the master’s program without adding additional
expense or time to graduation.
- Health administration graduates can pursue careers such as public health coordinator,
health communications specialist, or project manager.
This concentration helps you understand the factors that influence health-related
behaviors and apply theory to promote healthy practices.
- Choose courses in social, cultural and psychological determinants of health behavior,
health behavior theory, and program planning and evaluation.
- Gain the skills and knowledge to improve the health of individuals and communities.
Strengthen your leadership skills by adding the Health Leadership Graduate Certificate. The certificate easily fits within the master’s program without adding additional
expense or time to graduation.
- Community health graduates can pursue careers such as health education specialists,
public health analysts, and community health workers in a variety of settings such
as: hospitals, nonprofits, private business and industry, or government agencies.
Students with an interest in both concentrations can elect to pursue a dual program
with nine required courses—all of those needed for the Administration and Community
Health concentrations—plus three electives.
A Flexible Format
Designed for the working professional, the program offers a wide variety of evening
classes, and part-time students can complete coursework at their own pace. A large
number of elective courses permits students to design a program that fits their needs
and interests. Courses may be taught face-to-face, online, or hybrid (that is, a combination
Admission and Degree Requirements
- View admission requirements and deadlines to apply to the program.
- All concentrations require 36 credits for degree completion.
- The Plan of Study form helps students make their course selection. Students should
meet with their advisor by the end of their first semester to complete a preliminary
Plan of Study (PDF).
- Depending on your career objectives, you have the option of completing a thesis or
project at the end of the program to demonstrate your ability to independently identify
and assess a health concern and conduct professional-level research.
- View more information about degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.
Faculty members bring unique perspectives to the classroom, based on years of practical experience
and their ability to engage students in important discussions of real-world problems.
Health science students have access to a diverse, talented and highly experienced
faculty who work closely with students to help them plan their specialized course
Ready to get started? Here's how to apply.