Whether you want to expand your knowledge of evidence-based practice, teach at the collegiate level, 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 specialization in Athletic Training for athletic trainers who want to become leaders in their field. The MHS degree can be completed entirely online, providing the flexibility to fit into a busy lifestyle and allowing you to continue working while earning your degree.
- The program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals – 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 attend full time - 6 credits per trimester.
- Each trimester consists of two (2) or three (3) courses, where you will collaborate with classroom peers and faculty in discussions, activities, and advanced coursework.
- The program is capped with a comprehensive project that distills everything you’ve learned and can be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, presented at a conference, or shared among your colleagues in your work place.
- If you are a licensed athletic trainer, a certified athletic trainer, or an athletic therapist you are eligible to complete the MHS degree with a specialization in athletic training.
The MHS program can be completed entirely online, providing the opportunity for students, including working healthcare practitioners or administrators, to obtain advanced credentials and expertise. The program includes an optional on-campus residency and an option to complete an internship as elective coursework.
As an online USAHS student, you also can take advantage of a variety of extracurricular activities such as journal clubs, group projects, dynamic discussion groups, campus wellness events, and guest lectures at any of the University’s campus locations. In addition, online courses and learning resources can be accessed 24/7 – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedules working professionals must manage.
Optional Residency Opportunity
All students 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. The face-to-face coursework will foster professionalism, interprofessional problem-solving, leadership growth and communication strategies. As a result of attending this optional residency, the course will end prior to the end of the term.
The student is responsible for the cost of travel and other associated expenses with all residencies. Residencies will be offered on one of the USA campuses (San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; or Austin, Texas).
The USAHS Masters in Health Science program emphasizes interprofessional education, enabling students from various healthcare professions to learn together and address healthcare issues from multiple perspectives. Of the eight (8) core courses in the program, seven (7) are Interprofessional Education (IPE) courses. In these courses, you will participate in discussions and projects on a team of healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, healthcare administrators, and educators. Through this interprofessional approach, you will contribute and reflect on your experiences and perspective on healthcare problems and issues, and benefit from the input of other healthcare 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.