Master of Health Science Overview
Whether you want to expand your knowledge of evidence-based practice, teach at the collegiate level, become a leader of your peers, or garner the career benefits of additional credentials, our Master of Health Science program can help position you for success. We offer a general MHS degree, applicable to any of the health sciences, and a number of specializations for those who want to become leaders in a particular field. The MHS degree can be completed entirely online, providing you the flexibility to fit your studies into a busy lifestyle and allowing you to continue working while earning your degree.
Welcome to the MHS Program
Jordan Utley, PhD, LAT, ATC
- The program is designed to meet the needs of working students – allowing you to further your education while maintaining your employment and personal obligations.
- The program consists of six (6) trimesters, which may be completed in two (2) years or less when students take two courses per term - 6 credits per trimester.
- Each trimester consists of two (2) coursesin which you will collaborate with classroom peers and faculty in video discussions, interactive activities, and advanced coursework.
- The program concludes with a comprehensive project that distills everything you’ve learned and which may be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, presented at a conference, or shared among your colleagues in your work place.
The MHS program can be completed entirely online, providing the opportunity for students, including working health care practitioners or administrators, to obtain advanced credentials and expertise. The program includes an optional on-campus residency during the first term which allows face-to-face interactions for those seeking a personal connection to faculty and peers in the otherwise online degree..
As an online USAHS student, you also can take advantage of a variety of extracurricular activities such as journal clubs, group collaborations, dynamic discussion groups, campus wellness events, and guest lectures offered both online and at any of the University’s campus locations. In addition, online courses, learning resources and tech support can be accessed 24/7 – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedules working professionals must manage.
Optional Residency Opportunity
As an USAHS MHS student, you are eligible to attend the optional 3-day on-campus residency imbedded in the Introduction to Interprofessional Scholarly Studies course. During this residency, several units of the online course will be completed through collaborative teamwork with your peers. In addition to easing your transition into online graduate level coursework, the face-to-face class will foster professionalism, interprofessional problem-solving, leadership growth, and communication strategies. As a result of attending this optional residency, completion of the course will be accelerated. It will conclude 4-5 weeks prior to the end of the term.
You will be responsible for the cost of travel and other expenses associated with optional residencies. Residencies will be offered on one of the USAHS campuses (San Marcos CA; St. Augustine FL; Miami FL; or Austin TX).
The USAHS Masters in Health Science program emphasizes interprofessional education, enabling students from various health care professions to learn together and address health care issues from multiple perspectives. Of the seven (7) core courses in the program, six (6) are Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses. In these courses, you will participate in discussions and projects on a team of health care professionals including physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, health care administrators, and educators. Through this interprofessional approach, you will contribute your perspectives, reflect on your experiences related to health care problems and issues, and benefit from the input of other health care professionals enrolled in USAHS programs. Throughout the program, you will develop the necessary skills to be an effective leader, shaping the future of the healthcare industry.