Health Sciences

[1] Objectives

The graduate program in health sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to prepare students as health educators in community health settings, colleges and universities, public schools, and health care facilities.

[2] Program Admission Requirements

Application to graduate study for the Master of Science degree in Health Sciences is selective. Consideration will be given to those students who meet university admission requirements for graduate school (GPA and GRE scores) and who hold an undergraduate degree in health education or a related field or have work experience in health.

[3] Program Requirements

The student must complete all course work with a minimum of 3.00 grade point average and no more than six semester hours of C grades. Students receiving more than two Cs in graduate courses will be dismissed from the graduate program in Health Sciences. Additionally, students must pass the comprehensive exam or pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam in order to graduate.

[4] Degree Requirements

[4.1] Thesis Option (33 hours)

  1. Health Sciences core requirements (18 hours): H SC 6379, KPED 6316 or H SC 6330, H ED 6361, 6321, 6331, 5370. (For students without an undergraduate course in basic statistics, a basic statistics course may be assessed prior to admission to KPED 6316 or H SC 6330. If the course is taken at the graduate level, the course may be used as an elective in the program. Students with an undergraduate course in basic statistics may take either KPED 6316 or H SC 6330).
  2. Thesis research in Health Sciences (6 hours): H SC 6380, 6390.
  3. Electives (9 hours) selected with the approval of the graduate advisor to include no more than 3 hours from an allied area. Students without prior health education or related field background will complete all the elective hours in the department. Courses may be selected from the following:
    H ED 5301 Health Education in the Medical Care Setting
    H ED 5302 Health Education in the Worksite
    H ED 5303 Environmental Health Problems
    H ED 5306 Health Literacy
    H ED 5310 Health Concerns of Aging
    H ED 5320 Health Promotion Interventions
    H ED 5343 Health Strategies for Multicultural Populations
    H ED 5350 Health Education in the Elementary Schools
    H ED 5351 Health Education Techniques in the Middle Schools
    H ED 5352 Health Education in the Secondary Schools
    H ED 5665 Field Experiences in Health Education
    H ED 6310 Health Education Curriculum and Instruction
    H ED 6311 Health Appraisal of School Children
    H ED 6345 Drug Education and Prevention
    H ED 6350 Contemporary Health Problems
    H ED 6353 Issues and Research in Sexuality
    H ED 6354 Issues and Research in Women’s Health
    H ED 6371 Directed Independent Study
    H SC 5305 Technology Applications in the Health Sciences
    H SC 6335 Grantwriting

[4.2] Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

  1. Core Requirements (18 hours); same as for thesis option.
  2. Electives (18 hours) selected with approval of graduate advisor to include a maximum of nine hours of electives outside the department to be chosen with approval of the graduate advisor. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in health education or related field will complete all 18 hours of electives in the department. Courses may be selected from the following:
    H ED 5301 Health Education in the Medical Care Setting
    H ED 5302 Health Education in the Worksite
    H ED 5303 Environmental Health Problems
    H ED 5306 Health Literacy
    H ED 5310 Health Concerns of Aging
    H ED 5320 Health Promotion Interventions
    H ED 5343 Health Strategies for Multicultural Populations
    H ED 5350 Health Education in the Elementary Schools
    H ED 5351 Health Education Techniques in the Middle Schools
    H ED 5352 Health Education in the Secondary Schools
    H ED 5665 Field Experiences in Health Education
    H ED 6310 Health Education Curriculum and Instruction
    H ED 6311 Health Appraisal of School Children
    H ED 6345 Drug Education and Prevention
    H ED 6350 Contemporary Health Problems
    H ED 6353 Issues and Research in Sexuality
    H ED 6354 Issues and Research in Women’s Health
    H ED 6371 Directed Independent Study
    H SC 5305 Technology Applications in the Health Sciences
    H SC 6335 Grantwriting

[5] Comprehensive Exams

All students must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations or present evidence of current CHES certification. The comprehensive exam will be given with the permission of the graduate coordinator or department chair after the student has completed the required core courses. The student will advise the graduate coordinator of intent to take the examination by submitting a request via email.

[6] Graduate Course Links

[6.1] Courses in Health Sciences (H SC)

Follow this link for H SC course descriptions: course link.

[6.2] Courses in Health Education (H ED)

Follow this link for H ED course descriptions: course link.