Master of Science (MS) in Health Management
This program prepares students who have not earned a graduate degree at the time of application, but wish to advance their own knowledge, skills and competence in the management of various areas of health or health care professions. It also prepares students who are not in the health professions, but wish to enter the health care field or learn in-depth knowledge and skills in health, disease and care management.
Students will learn to master the essential knowledge and skills in health education and communications, health interventions and disease prevention, as well as care assessment or management. In addition, this masters program is also designed to serve as an intermediate degree for students who have not entered graduate studies, but plan to earn a doctorate at the University.
The specific objectives of this practice-oriented graduate program are to provide its students with:
- An advancement or improvement in scholarly reading, evaluating, writing, presenting or communicating skills.
- A multi-perspective foundation in learning HOW to think, act, lead, and learn (TALL) critically, creatively and practically, and with emphasis on application to the understanding and problem-solving in real world situations.
- An integrative knowledge in health promotion and disease prevention applicable to a given field of health practices or professions at one or more levels of health administration, clinical practice or personal wellness care.
- A central knowledge in general management principles applicable to the operation or management of health practices or professional organizations, especially in health promotion and disease prevention areas.
- A core ability to view, assess, reason, focus on, and deal with specific practice and/or personal issues or problems effectively, efficiently, and wisely.
The program is delivered mainly through distance learning. All enrolled students must have basic knowledge and online communication skills prior to taking formal program courses. The University currently uses the Moodle CMS software system as the basic platform for delivering regular online courses. All students must take the University’s Graduate Learning and Online Studies course (CC500), at no additional cost, before taking regular courses or simultaneously during the first semester.
Admission Requirements Specific to MS Program
The Admission requirements for this program are listed in the Admission Policies section. Candidates must demonstrate receipt of a bachelor degree from an accredited U.S university or college, or equivalent international educational institution. In addition, there may be a requirement for other prerequisites in health or management-related course work. This will be determined at the time of admission. Candidates are generally recommended to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in previous degree programs.
Curriculum and Schedule
The curriculum for MS Program is listed below:
- Biology, Psychology and Sociology for Health and Disease (3 credits) CC 601
- Sciences, Systems and Rules for Health and Management (3 credits) CC 603
- Advanced Research Methods (3 credits) CC 604
- Health Medicine: Integrative Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits) HM 601
- Health Promotion, Principles and Practices (3 credits) HM 602
- Disease Prevention, Principles and Practices (3 credits) HM 603
- Health Systems, Organizations and Settings (3 credits) HM 604
- Health Policies, Programs and Services (3 credits) HM 605
- Health Operations, Outcomes and Management (3 credits) HM 606
- Integrated Biopsychosocial Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Interventions (3 credits) HM 607
- Integrated Personal, Professional, and Community Level Preventive Interventions (3 credits) HM 608
- Integrated Preventive Services and Disease Management Interventions (3 credits) HM 609
- Health Management Electives (6 credit hours) HM 610
Academic Degree Requirements
Students must be formally accepted into the program. Matriculated students must demonstrate learning outcomes comparable to those achieved during a minimum of 36 semester hours or equivalent, beyond the Baccalaureate degree, as listed above, and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Courses are generally taken in the prescribed sequence as listed above. The Dean of Graduate Studies must approve exceptions. If the Applicant fails a course required for a specific degree or course of study (less than a 2.5 grade point average), the student may request to re-take that specific course and pay the current rate of tuition. Students must meet all graduation criteria outlined in this Catalog.