Master of Health Science

Master of Health Science Program at LHU is a 36-credit, 100% online  degree for experienced,  bachelor’s-prepared health professionals.  Our mission is to admit health professionals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences and provide training for advancement in leadership, management, and/or teaching positions within health and human services and healthcare professions.

Beth McMahon 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Beth McMahon, Ph.D.

129 Willis Health Professions Building, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2214
bmcmahon@lockhaven.edu

 

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Masters of Health Science (MHS) degree has two concentrations in Health Promotion/Education and Healthcare Management. This 36 credit program can be completed 100% online in one-year with full time enrollment or two-years with part-time enrollment.

Health Science is broadly defined as the study and research of selected components of health and healthcare. The Master of Health Science is an advanced degree in the area of Health Science which focuses on the study and research of health and healthcare in areas such as health promotion/education, healthcare administration and leadership, as well as current issues in Health Science.

WHY A MASTERS IN HEALTH SCIENCE?

  • US Department of Labor Statistics report a growth rate of 15%  for Medical & Health Services Managers (2014-2024)
  • US Department of Labor Statistics report a growth rate of 12%  for Health Educators, 10% Social/Community Service Managers, and 15% for Community Health Workers (2014-2024)
  • Graduates are prepared to adapt scientific knowledge to develop and administer health programs and policies

WHY OUR PROGRAM?

  • 100% online
  • Flexible course schedule and course sequence designed to minimize work conflicts
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • Culminating experience in the final semester (Capstone or Advanced Field Experience) aligns with the student’s career and professional goals
Health Care Management Concentration

Health Care Management Concentration

The Healthcare Management concentration focuses on areas of leadership, organizational behavior, finance, ethics, and informatics. As a graduate you will be equipped to enter management positions in a variety of health-care settings in this fast-growing and evolving industry.

In addition to the five core classes, you will complete an additional 15 required credits which will include one elective course. Course sequence can be customized to match your unique needs . You may transfer up to 9 related graduate credits into the Master of Health Science Program. The program course work concludes with an Advanced Field Experience/Capstone/Thesis (6 credits). Topics covered include:

  • Applied Leadership in Healthcare 
  • Ethical Trends in Healthcare
  • Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Management of Health Programs

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION FULL-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION PART-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

Health Promotion/Education Concentration

Health Promotion/Education Concentration

The Health Promotion/Education concentration focuses on advancing skills in assessment program planning and evaluation, research, leadership skills, epidemiology, ethic  and grant writing.  As a graduate you will be equipped to enter or advance in a variety of education and health and human service settings.

In addition to five core classes, you will complete an additional 15 required credits which will include two elective courses. Course sequence can be customized to match your unique needs . You may transfer up to 9 related graduate credits into the Master of Health Science Program. The program course work will conclude with an Advanced Field Experience/Capstone/Thesis (6 credits). Topics covered include:

  • Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Management of Health Programs
  • Epidemiology in Community Health Practice
  • Grant Writing

 

HEALTH PROMOTION/EDUCATION CONCENTRATION FULL-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

HEALTH PROMOTION/EDUCATION CONCENTRATION PART-TIME COURSE SEQUENCE

Application Process and Deadlines

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Complete an Online application
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official college transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal mission statement – one page in length
Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

Successful admission to the MHS program will be determined based on several factors including successful completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, evidence of ability to work with people, and letters of recommendation.

Applicants must have achieved a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and must complete the Graduate Record Examination. In addition, they must complete an application for admission to the program which include official transcripts from all institutions attended, letters of recommendations, and a personal mission statement. Completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee of the program. Applicants will be required to complete an interview with the admissions committee prior to selection into the program.

To earn candidacy into the MHS degree students must successfully complete 12 credits, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0/4.0 and successfully complete program requirements within each concentration. 

  • Successfully complete 12 credits within the MHS Program
  • Grade point average of 3.0/4.0
  • Successful completion of program requirements/ artifacts within selected concentration
  • Successful completion of a degree plan
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Program Highlights

  • 100% Online Delivery: LHU’s distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervisory relationship with degree candidates while making it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required; however, you will be invited to campus to attend special MHS events and to present your research throughout your program.

The majority of the coursework is completed via virtual classrooms utilizing the latest technology in online instruction.

  • Advanced Field Experiences: a culminating experience that demands an advanced degree of preparation, initiative and responsibility.  Supervision is provided by both university faculty and a professional in the field of healthcare or health education.  Field work is completed within hospitals and health and human service agencies.
  • Capstone Project: serves to verify the candidate’s ability to demonstrate skill in research development, as well as the collection, management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data. All capstone projects are designed and completed under the supervision of a capstone supervisor.
  • Careers: Recent graduates are employed in the following careers:
    • Department Director
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Clinic Manager
    • Healthcare Policy Directors
    • Health Educator

Featured Program Faculty

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Dr. Fay Cook
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Dr. Michael Porter
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Dr. Yvette Ingram
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Dr. Kathleen Allison

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401 N. Fairview Street, Lock Haven, PA
(570) 484-2027

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