Jodi DeMarco, Chair, Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance
The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) is a post-baccalaureate online degree designed to provide individuals with a broad overview of the health care system. The core courses in this program provide foundational knowledge in the U.S. health care system, leadership, cultural competency and research. The remaining elective credits allow students to customize their learning experience and focus on a professional area of interest such as research, ethics, business and informatics. As such, the goal of the Master of Science in Health Sciences Program (MSHS) is to meet the educational needs of three groups of students:
- Licensed Health Care Providers seeking increased responsibility and leadership positions within their discipline for: academic and clinical teaching, clinical research, career development, clinical supervision and administration, and/or program planning, development and evaluation.
- General Track Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences or a degree in a related area who are not licensed health care providers but seeking careers in health and human services settings providing auxiliary administrative and management services (e.g. research departments, medical labs, medical records, or continuing education).
- Pre-Professional Students (med, dent, pharm, etc) seeking a gap year to complete pre-requisite coursework and further MCAT preparation.
The Program objectives for graduates are to:
- Demonstrate self-directed learning skills in order to continue independent and life-long learning;
- Demonstrate the ability to assumed diverse roles in today’s rapidly changing healthcare, social, and community service environments;
- Identify and analyze cultural influences on practice and emerging healthcare practice issues;
- Utilize outcome measures and evidence-based research to evaluate the effectiveness of health, social, or community systems.
Online Program of Study
For students not seeking lab based pre-requisite courses, the entire MSHS Curriculum is offered online to accommodate the needs of working professionals. The Program requires the completion of 36 credits: four core courses, three courses in an area of emphasis, four electives, and a capstone research project or thesis. For more information about this program, visit the Master of Science in Health Sciences website.
The Program Director provides advising to assist students in identifying career objectives in order to develop an individualized degree completion plan. Advising is offered via face-to-face meetings or by phone to accommodate the needs of working professionals. Advising appointments can be arranged by emailing the Director, Jodi DeMarco (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MSHS courses are taught by faculty with a diverse range of health-related training and expertise including: occupational and physical therapy, medical anthropology, medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, public health, business, environmental health, anatomy, neuroscience, women’s health, technology in healthcare, legal issues in healthcare, and mental health.
Current faculty information can be located on the Cleveland State University Faculty Profile page.
An applicant must hold a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution and be a licensed healthcare professional or have a degree related to health sciences with plans to work in a healthcare setting.
Applicants to the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) must meet the minimum requirements established by the College of Graduate Studies and the MSHS Program:
- A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75. Applicants must also submit official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
- Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other equivalent standardized test for graduate admissions (DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and PCAT) taken within the past five years must be provided. The standardized test requirement may be waived for students who have: previous relevant graduate degrees; relevant post graduate certificates/licensure, or professional experience.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your work and can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. These may be from previous instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues who are familiar with your recent activities.
- Non-native English speakers who do not have an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency as indicated in the International Student Admission section of this catalog.