Health Science M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
https://www.towson.edu/chp/departments/health-sciences/grad/health-science/

Program Director: Dr. Connie Anderson
Phone: 410-704-4640
Email: connieanderson@towson.edu

Program Director: Dr. Caroline Wood
Phone: 410-704-3865
Email: ciwood@towson.edu

The Master of Science in Health Science is designed to meet needs within the state of Maryland for graduate-trained professionals to work in health care, community, worksite, and nonprofit settings. The program is intended both for people with academic or work experience in the health sciences or related fields as well as those seeking to expand their expertise to include the field of health science. It is particularly well suited to people who have been in the work force and now wish to receive additional education to enhance their performance as well as their competitiveness on the job.

Students may select a concentration in Community Health or Health Administration. Students may also elect to take a dual concentration.

A graduate of the Community Health concentration might pursue a career as a health education specialist in a variety of public or private sector organizations. Students holding current credentials in pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, dietetics and other professions may wish to combine their skills from prior training and redirect their careers toward community health. A graduate of the Health Administration concentration, on the other hand, is prepared for positions in a variety of settings that require a sound background in the business and organizational aspects of health care.

The M.S. in Health Science program provides an academic foundation in principles of community health, behavioral science, health administration, and research. Students in the Community Health or Administration concentrations take 18 units of required courses and 18 units of electives, permitting them to design a program that suits their individual professional goals. In addition, with permission of the program director, students may transfer up to 9 graduate units earned in other academic settings to their M.S. plan of study. Students may also elect to pursue a graduate project or thesis if either activity is consistent with their professional goals.

The M.S. in Health Science is designed to accommodate busy, working professionals. Most students attend part-time, and many courses are offered online and/or on weekday evenings. (Students who wish to attend full-time may be able to construct programs responsive to their needs. However, the department cannot promise that full-time course work will be possible within any given term or academic year.)

Please note that only one degree in Health Science can be awarded; students who complete more than one concentration in Health Science will earn only one degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master’s program in Health Science may be secured in two ways:

  1. The master’s program requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university** in a health science field (e.g., nursing, health education, psychology, etc.) or substantial upper-division course work in those fields, or experience in those same areas (as determined by the program director). In addition, applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 to be admitted to the master’s program; conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is at least 2.75. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  2. All applicants must submit a personal statement (no more than 500 words) that establishes why they seek admission to the master’s program and how they see themselves using the degree.
  3. All applicants must have taken a 3-unit class in statistics or equivalent with an earned grade of a “B” or better.

This program admits students for the fall and spring terms only. Deadlines for each term are available on the Graduate Admissions Website.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

The master’s program in Health Science requires successful completion of 36 units. In Community Health, 18 units are stipulated by the department. For those enrolled in the Administration concentration, 18 units constitute mandatory enrollment. Mandatory enrollment for students who elect two concentrations will derive from the two concentrations comprising their degree program. Only students in good academic standing within the master’s program in Health Science are eligible to request a change in concentration.

Community Health Concentration

Health Science Required Core
HLTH 615QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE PRINCIPLES3
HLTH 625RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH3
HLTH 631PROGRAM PLANNING IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 639INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH PROMOTION3
HLTH 649PROGRAM EVALUATION3
HLTH 785GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTH 13
Electives
Select 18 units from the following: 218
TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX
DRUGS IN OUR CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SCHOOL HEALTH
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
PROGRAM PLANNING IN HEALTH EDUCATION
HEALTH LEADERSHIP
HEALTH CARE POLICY
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PLANNING AND MARKETING HEALTH IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
GRADUATE PROJECT IN HEALTH SCIENCE
HEALTH SCIENCE THESIS
Other HLTH/HCMN/GERO elective, or those approved by the program director
Total Units36
1

HLTH 785 requires a grade of B or higher in HLTH 625.

2

Number of units and specific selections dependent on student’s concentration; all electives should be approved by the student’s adviser.

Administration Concentration

Health Science Required Core
HLTH 615QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE PRINCIPLES3
HLTH 617HEALTH ADMINISTRATION3
HLTH 625RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH3
HLTH 633HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS3
HLTH/IDHP 647HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT3
HLTH 785GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTH 13
Electives
Select 18 units from the following: 218
TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX
DRUGS IN OUR CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SCHOOL HEALTH
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
PROGRAM PLANNING IN HEALTH EDUCATION
HEALTH LEADERSHIP
HEALTH CARE POLICY
PROGRAM EVALUATION
PLANNING AND MARKETING HEALTH IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
GRADUATE PROJECT IN HEALTH SCIENCE
HEALTH SCIENCE THESIS
Other HLTH/HCMN/GERO elective, or those approved by the program director
Total Units36
1

HLTH 785 requires a grade of B or higher in HLTH 625.

2

Number of units and specific selections dependent on student’s concentration; all electives should be approved by the student’s adviser.

  1. Students will demonstrate assimilation of facts, theories, and principles basic to health science including those supporting the practice of health administration and/or community health.
  2. Students will critically evaluate health science research to identify evidence-based interventions, policies, and practices that contribute to optimal outcomes for clients or patients, healthcare workers, and health organizations.
  3. Students will effectively communicate health science information both orally and in writing, sensitive to whether their audience consists of professionals or laypeople.

Courses

HLTH 501 TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX (3)

Examination of content, procedures, and methods for presenting sensitive topics, including human sexuality and drugs. Prerequisites: HLTH 222 and BIOL 191/ BIOL 191L (BIOL 190) or consent of instructor.

HLTH 502 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)

Application of program planning, evaluation and communication theory to the development and evaluation of health promotion efforts.

HLTH 505 DRUGS IN OUR CULTURE (3)

Examination of psychoactive substances from physiological, psychological and sociological perspectives.

HLTH 551 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (3)

Examination of the interrelationships between humans and their environment. Emphasis is placed upon health aspects of pollution, housing, sanitation, radiation, behavioral disorders and epidemiology.

HLTH 570 HEALTH WORKSHOPS (1-3)

Study of contemporary health concerns as they influence health of the individual and the community.

HLTH 571 HEALTH WORKSHOP (3)

Study of contemporary health concerns as they influence health of the individual and the community.

HLTH 572 HEALTH WORKSHOPS (3)

Study of contemporary health concerns as they influence health of the individual and the community.

HLTH 591 HEALTH-DIRECTED READINGS (1-3)

Independent study of health or related disciplines. Prerequisite: Permit only.

HLTH 594 HEALTH TRAVEL AND STUDY (3)

Examination of health care delivery in other countries compared with that of the United States. Prerequisite: Permit only.

HLTH 595 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)

Directed study of specific problems in health and related fields. Prerequisite: Permit only.

HLTH 601 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SCHOOL HEALTH (3)

Exploration of structure, organization, scope, content and practices in school health education.

HLTH 603 EMERGING ISSUES IN THE HEALTH OF THE NATION (3)

Study of social, political and health issues as they impact the nation's health, including strategies and programs in response to such concerns.

HLTH 615 QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE PRINCIPLES (3)

Study of qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques applied to health disciplines. Prerequisite: HLTH Masters program.

HLTH 617 HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (3)

Exploration of the health industry, including concepts of management and administration.

HLTH 618 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH (3)

Study of disease prevention and health promotion with a focus on community efforts to improve the public's health.

HLTH 619 MANAGEMENT OF POST-ACUTE CARE SERVICES (3)

Examination of the long-term care industry, including relevant political and regulatory structures, issues of access, availability and other managerial challenges of working with post-acute care populations.

HLTH 625 RESEARCH METHODS IN HEALTH (3)

Study of research and statistical designs in health science and allied health disciplines. Prerequisite: HLTH 615 with grade of C or better.

HLTH 627 HEALTH AND WORKER PERFORMANCE (3)

Analysis of health issues affecting worker performance from the employee perspective, with particular attention to worksite problems.

HLTH 630 EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE (3)

Examines how the basic epidemiological concepts such as disease transmission, measurement, study design, data analysis, screening and risk assessment are used in public health practice. Will also examine how data sources and data management systems can be used to improve population health.

HLTH 631 PROGRAM PLANNING IN HEALTH EDUCATION (3)

Exploration of planning models with application to program planning and proposal writing for health information and promotion.

HLTH 633 HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (3)

Development of the American health care system and trends in organization, administration, funding and legislation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HLTH 635 EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR HEALTH (3)

Analysis of health education standards applied to health promotion and health education strategies.

HLTH 637 HEALTH LEADERSHIP (3)

Examination of effective leadership skills, with in-class experiential activities for skill development.

HLTH 639 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3)

Analysis of health promotion and health behavior incorporating organization, marketing, implementation and evaluation of health promotion program.

HLTH 643 HEALTH EDUCATION: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (3)

Study of methods and techniques for designing and implementing health education in schools and other settings.

HLTH 644 LEADING CHANGE IN HEALTHCARE (3)

The study and analysis of pro-active strategies for organizational change in health care, focusing on core theories and principles of organizational change and concepts of leadership.

HLTH 645 HEALTH CARE POLICY (3)

Examination of public and private health care policy making and implementation.

HLTH 647 HEALTH CARE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3)

Examination of the financial aspects of health care, with attention to health service's production, distribution and organization from financial and economic perspectives. Also listed as IDHP 647.

HLTH 649 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3)

Study of the purpose, applications, androle of evaluation in health promotion programs. Prerequisite: none.

HLTH 651 PLANNING AND MARKETING HEALTH IN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY (3)

Study of strategic planning of health promotion and delivery in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, with application to various healthcare settings. Also listed as IDHP 651.

HLTH 652 HEALTHCARE INFORMATION DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT (3)

Provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to design, implementation and use of IT systems in public health and health care environments. Students are introduced to foundation concepts, tools and techniques for needs assessment, data management strategies and IT architecture for modern healthcare systems. Also covers the role of clinical information management specialists in public health and health care domains.

HLTH 653 RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (3)

Interdisciplinary exploration of the ethical conduct of research including diverse impacts, values, and evaluation regarding research integrity.

HLTH 655 MANAGING CONFLICT IN HEALTH SETTINGS (3)

Examination of knowledge and skills necessary for effective negotiation and resolution of conflicts in health settings.

HLTH 656 MANAGING VOLUNTEERS IN HEALTH SERVICE SETTINGS (3)

Analysis of knowledge, skills and influences related to effective recruitment, management and leadership of volunteers in diverse health service programs.

HLTH 657 HEALTH ADVOCACY ACROSS SERVICE SETTINGS (3)

Study of skills and knowledge to advocate for vulnerable populations, including experience in the investigation of complaints and relevant interview processes.

HLTH 670 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)

Study of contemporary health aspects as they influence health of the individual and the community.

HLTH 691 DIRECTED READNGS IN HEALTH (3)

Independent study of health related disciplines. Prerequisite: Permit only.

HLTH 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY: HEALTH (3)

Directed study of specific problems in health and related fields. Prerequisite: Permit only.

HLTH 785 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTH (3)

Analysis of research design, methods, professional literature and related issues in the health sciences. Prerequisite: HLTH 625 with grade of "B" or better.

HLTH 880 GRADUATE PROJECT IN HEALTH SCIENCE (3)

Individual study and preparation of a project which is oriented toward the application of specific techniques in health education. Prerequisite: HLTH 785.

HLTH 885 PROJECT CONTINUUM (1)

Continuation of graduate project. Prerequisite: Previous registration for project work.

HLTH 897 HEALTH SCIENCE THESIS (6)

Original investigation of a health science problem using acceptable research method and design, under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisites: HLTH 785 and permit only.

HLTH 898 HEALTH SCIENCE THESIS (3)

HLTH 897 taken over two consecutive terms.

HLTH 899 THESIS CONTINUUM (1)

Continuation of thesis research.