Health Sciences (MS)

Program Information

Degree Type: Master of Science, Master’s Degree
Total Credit Hours: 33-36
Program Completion Time: 4 Semesters

About the Program

Description: The graduate program in health sciences leads to the Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences. This degree program is delivered 100% ONLINE. Many students use the degree for upward mobility or to prepare them for taking the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam to become a certified health education specialist.

For prospective students who live in states bordering Arkansas, there is no out-of-state tuition.

Program Tracks: There are two tracks available for the Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences at UCA.

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)
Health Sciences core requirements (18 hours): H SC 6379, HSC 6330 or KPED 6316, H ED 6361, 6321, 5331, 5370. For students without an undergraduate course in basic statistics, an additional statistics course at the graduate level may be needed and used as an elective in the program.

Electives (18 hours) selected with approval of graduate advisor. UCA students with a bachelor of science degree in health education or related field that have two courses above general education in the sciences will take a minimum of nine hours of electives outside the department chosen with approval of the graduate advisor. All other students will complete the 18 hours of electives in the department. Courses may be selected from the following: H ED 5301, 5302, 5303, 5310, 5320, 5343; 5365 or 5665; 6310, 6311, 6345, 6350, 6353, 6360, 6371, H SC 6335. Those with teacher certification may take one of the following: (5350 or 5352).

Thesis Option (33 hours)
1.Core Requirements (18 hours); same as for thesis option.
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.

Program Benefits: Master’s degree graduates are prepared to assume leadership and supervisory roles in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs in community, school, medical care, and work site settings.

Plan of Study: Health Sciences (MS)
Coordinators Name: Heather Hudson
Coordinators Phone Number: (501)852-0687
Coordinators Email:

Program Faculty: Graduate faculty eligible to teach Master of Science in Health Sciences courses are: Dr. Emogene Fox, Professor and Chair; Dr. Jacque Rainey, Professor and Associate Dean; Dr. Betty Hubbard, Professor; Dr. Heather Hudson, Assistant Professor; Dr. Alexandra Marshall, Assistant Professor; Dr. Duston Morris, Assistant Professor

URL of Program Info on Department Site:
Distance Education Technology Requirements: Adobe Acrobat; Microsoft Office (or Open Office); Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc); PDF Writer; SPSS/PSAW

How to Apply

Requirements: Admission into the Graduate School. Graduate School Website–
Graduate Bulletin Link: