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, government, for-profit 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 tailor the program to fit their academic needs and professional goal by selecting a concentration in Community Health or Health Administration. Students may also elect to take a dual concentration.

The Community Health concentration helps students understand the factors that influence health-related behaviors and apply theory to promote healthy practices. Graduates with a concentration in Community Health may pursue careers such as health education specialist, public health analyst, or community health worker across a variety of settings. 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.

The Administration concentration, which focuses on the business and organizational aspects of healthcare, helps students build the skills needed to play a leadership role in public, private and community health settings. Graduates with a concentration in Administration may pursue careers such as public health coordinator, health communications specialist, or project manager.

Health Science MS students in the Community Health or Administration concentration take 18 units of required courses and 18 units of electives, permitting them to design a program that suits their individual professional goals. Students with an interest in both concentrations can elect to pursue a dual program with nine required courses—all of those needed for the Administration and Community Health concentrations—plus three electives. 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
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
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, using technology as appropriate.