Masters of Health Science

Masters of Health Science (MHS) degree with concentrations in Health Promotion/Education and Healthcare Management. This 36 credit program can be completed 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.

Significant areas of study in the MHS degree include assessment, planning, leadership, and evaluation of health programs. Students typically utilize the MHS degree in a variety of healthcare settings including the Healthcare Systems, the American Cancer Society, and Departments of Health. 


Program Benefits

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the knowledge, skill and ability to:

a) assess the health needs of populations, plan and evaluate health education and promotion programs;

b) promote and apply relevant research findings to contribute to the effective delivery and management of health education and healthcare.

The MHS will facilitate the attainment of advanced knowledge and skill, improve the student’s ability to educate and manage in health related institutions and contribute to research. Graduates of the MHS program will ultimately be prepared to make measurable and meaningful contributions to the health of individuals, communities and organizations through gaining the knowledge of health education and promotion theory/delivery, research and leadership.


Professional Preparation

The overarching goal of the proposed MHS program is to prepare students to function independently and successfully as specialized healthcare professionals and health educators in a variety of settings. Graduates of the proposed program will be prepared to pursue or advance a professional practice career in health education, healthcare delivery, high level administration, and research.

Graduates will be equipped with an advanced understanding and ability to adapt scientific knowledge in order to develop and administer health programs to achieve measurable outcomes. In addition to completing one to two years of intensive course work, graduates will have the flexibility to choose an internship, capstone project, and/or thesis. The MHS degree is focused on meeting the educational needs of health professionals and preparing them for roles as department directors, hospital administrators, laboratory/clinic managers, directors of healthcare policy, and health educators.

Specifically, health profession fields are an essential part of the foundation for U.S and its competitiveness in a global economy. This measure attempts to evaluate the increase in graduates from this health science program.

Graduate students will be encouraged to enroll in the Masters of Health Science program preferably as a full-time student completing the program within one year or as a part-time student finishing the program in two years.



Admissions Requirements


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.


Admittance to Program


  • Complete an Online application
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official college transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (you may apply without the GRE)
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal mission statement – one page in length


Requirements for Candidacy


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


Curriculum Overview and Degree Requirements

This is a 36 credit MHS that will allow students to elect to complete a concentration in Healthcare Management or Health Promotion/Education. All students, regardless of concentration, would be required to complete a shared core experience consisting of 15 credits of coursework along with a 6 credit internship or thesis and 3-6 electives. The concentration consists of 9-12 credits of specialized focus.

Shared Core (15 credits)

Applied Research and Statistics (3)

Assessment and Planning for Health Programs I (3)

Contemporary Issues in Health and Healthcare (3)

Ethical Trends in Healthcare (3)

Leadership Theories and Practice (3)

Internship/Capstone/Thesis (6)

Internship (6 credits)

 Capstone Project (6 credits)

Thesis (6 credits)

Healthcare Management Concentration – Required (15 credits)

Applied Healthcare Finance and Data Management (3)

Applied Leadership in Healthcare (3)

Healthcare Informatics (3)

Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management (3)

Elective (3)

Health Promotion/Education Concentration – Required (15 credits)

Assessment and Planning for Health Programs II (3)

Epidemiology in Community Health Practice (3)

Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion/Education (3)

Electives (6)

Probable Electives

Grant Writing (3 credits)

Health Communication (3 credits)

Health Equity (3 credits)

Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Management (3 credits)

Special Topics (3 credits)

Independent Study (1-3 credits)

A course sequence is proposed that will allow full-time students to complete the degree within one academic year and part-time students in two years. The sequencing allows for a balance of online/distance education, with supervised experience in clinical sites through Skype by faculty. 


Student Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will:

  1. Attain advanced knowledge and understanding in the critical analysis and evaluation of complex issues and challenges within the field of health.
  2. Attain advanced knowledge, understanding and skill application related to management of fiscal resources, assessment of program feasibility, evaluation and sharing of findings with stakeholders, management of human resources which include training and supervision of other professionals and volunteers.
  3. Apply relevant research findings to contribute to the effective delivery and management of healthcare and health education.
  4. Demonstrate skills in providing effective and evidence-based leadership, project management, and the competence needed to apply research to their professional practice.
  5. Apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards within healthcare and health education settings.
  6. Analyze and use data to assess the health needs of populations, and to plan and evaluate health education and promotion programs.
  7. Apply knowledge of healthcare practices and related theories in order to improve service delivery opportunities.
  8. Build a professional practice that includes interdisciplinary communications, collaboration, and teamwork.
  9. Participate in, through clinical practice and/or education and research, legislative and policy making endeavors that influence healthcare services and practices.


On-line Delivery

Courses offered via distance education modalities will utilize the latest technologies in online instruction including (but not limited to) streaming audio, streaming video, threaded discussion, real time chat , face-to-face interactions and document sharing. In addition, the online delivery software has a campus pack allowing the development of course wiki’s, blogs, journals and podcasts.

Online, web-based delivery enables working adults the flexibility to progress through the program on a part-time basis, at a reasonable pace, without interrupting their career. The program will also accommodate traditional and non-traditional students to attend on a full-time basis.   Lock Haven University’s distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervision relationship with degree candidates and make it possible to create active and engaged learning communities.

No campus visits or on-campus residencies are required.