Earn one of the following specializations by choosing the elective courses that are required to complete them. For those who complete the Teaching & Learning track 24 credits can be transferred to the Doctor of Education (Health Sciences) degree program under the MHS to EdD Bridge.
Athletic Training Specialization
Licensed athletic trainers, certified athletic trainers, and certified athletic therapists are eligible to complete their MHS degree with a specialization in Athletic Training. This program offers timely, immediately applicable courses such as Concussion in Sport, Sport and Disability and Emergency Athletic Training. The courses also utilize CAATE competencies and the NATA’s Role Delineation Study as a foundation for the advanced coursework.
In this specialization, you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop leadership, problem solving, and business skills that can be immediately applied to your work place.
- Cultivate expertise in risk management, cultural competence, and leadership while being exposed to advanced concepts such as developing injury prevention programs and treating female athletes and athletes who are disabled.
- Expand your depth and breadth of applied and experiential knowledge of athletic training as well as related public policy issues.
- Learn how to use your new skills to disseminate knowledge within the discipline.
- Become an ImPACT® Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) when you complete the Concussion in Sport course.
- Gain 33.0 BOC approved evidence-based CEUs, many regular CEUs, and professional rescuer recertification to support the continuance of athletic training licensure and/or certification. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a BOC Approved Provider (P540).
More About the Optional Residency for Athletic Training
In addition to the optional residency available to all MHS students, students who are certified and/or licensed athletic trainers or athletic therapists and who pursue the Athletic Training specialization can take advantage of a three-day on-campus residency that fulfills the professional rescuer requirements for maintaining board certification and/or licensure. This residency is led by an expert in the field of extreme sports and is part of the Emergency in Athletic Training course. The residency takes a hands-on approach to learning advanced emergency skills for athletic injury management and is required if registered for the course.
Teaching & Learning Specialization
The Teaching and Learning Specialization offers you the opportunity to develop or increase your expertise in teaching practices designed for today’s learner. The courses in this specialization will help you develop the necessary skills to teach in a traditional or online classroom, develop curriculum, and understand generational learning.
MHS to EdD Bridge Program
Upon successful completion of the MHS Teaching and Learning Specialization at USAHS, you will be eligible to enroll in our MHS to EdD Bridge Program and complete a terminal Doctor of Education degree. The bridge program transfers 24 credits from the MHS program to the EdD program, shortening the curriculum from 60 credits to 36 credits and enabling you to earn your doctorate in education in less time.
Executive Leadership Specialization
The Executive Leadership Specialization includes a series of courses with emphasis on operational leadership in healthcare: developing and managing an effective team, strategic planning and decision-making, balancing the economics of decision-making and timing of decisions, and leadership strategies and the strategic use of quality performance standards to achieve organizational outcomes. If your career aspirations include leadership in a clinical practice or other health care environment, the Executive Leadership Specialization can provide the necessary insight and skills to help you achieve your goals.
Students enrolled in the MHS Informatics Specialization will be exposed to this growing interdisciplinary field which uses computers, information technology, and other IT-based innovations to analyze data and manage healthcare records. Health informaticists play an important role in facilitating collaboration between various healthcare providers which can lead to improvements in patient care and the outcomes in many healthcare situations. Career opportunities for graduates of this specialization include health informatics specialist, healthcare data analyst, clinical informatics specialist, clinical analyst, and clinical informatics manager working for hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, medical groups, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, clinical research firms, and other healthcare service businesses.