Go Beyond Day-to-Day: Think More Strategically.

As a practicing health professional, you might be wondering what’s next for you career-wise. Or perhaps you already have a specific goal in mind. Either way, almost all higher-level health care roles offering higher salaries and/or authority will require more than front-line clinical experience.

Here’s how earning your NSU Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) qualifies you to pursue them:

Specialize in a High-Demand Area

Focus on one of Seven Health Science concentrations: Health Care Risk Management, Higher Education, Telehealth, Sports Medicine, Health Law, Health Care Leadership or Health Care Administration. Or build a broad-based, globally-diverse foundation through our generalist option.

Expand Your Scientific and Systematic Understanding

Build advanced-level knowledge of research methods, epidemiology, health care finance and leadership.

Deepen Your Interdisciplinary Expertise

The future of health care will reward leaders with strong interprofessional collaborative skills — and you’ll enhance yours during this program. Your fellow students come from many different allied health disciplines and we leverage that diversity by building in plenty of opportunities for you to learn, share, and collaborate.

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Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Online format: ideal for working health care professionals.

Start Dates

Four starting dates each academic year: January, April, June and September. Each term is 12 weeks.

Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $440 per credit hour.

Credit Hours

The M.H.Sc. in Health Science program ranges from 31 to 43 credit hours, depending upon concentration. Complete the program in as little as one year, at your own pace.

NSU Master of Health Science Program Concentrations

SPORTS MEDICINE

Explore the science of performance: bio-mechanics, training principles, coaching techniques, nutritional and psychological factors.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Shape future generations of health care professionals. Master the science of higher education theory and practice to pursue a teaching career.

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

Make the leap from clinician to administrator. Learn leadership and management, finance, ethics, risk management, research and more to qualify for higher-level roles.

HEALTH CARE LAW

Law and health care go hand in hand: health professionals with a background in both stand out. NSU Law and Health Science professors join together to brief you on the legal aspects of health care.

LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE

Hone your ability to manage and motivate health care teams. Learn management principles, health care finance, quality assurance and conflict resolution approaches, plus more

HEALTH CARE RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk managers are the heroes who save hundreds, even thousands, of lives by reducing medical errors, controlling adverse events and initiating safety and quality initiatives.

GENERALIST

Gain better understanding of health care cultural and ethical issues, U.S. health care policy, scientific writing, epidemiology and biostatistics, research skills, management principles and more.

3 Popular Paths For Health Science Master’s Graduates

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Hospital/Clinic Administrator

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$87,780
Statistician

31% projected job growth through 2028
$71,130
Environmental Scientist/Specialist
8% projected job growth through 2028

Source: Study.com and Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

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  • Fully accredited programs
  • Empirically-based
  • Online delivery: won’t interrupt your career

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Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.): Program Details

Application Deadline

The Master of Health Science program admits students on a rolling basis. Students are considered for admission when all of their admission documents have been submitted to the Enrollment Processing Center. Anyone with a pending application packet that is not complete by the deadline will be automatically rolled over into the admission cycle for the next term.

The Office of Admissions processes applications on a rolling admission basis throughout the year. Applicants can apply for admission for any one of four starting dates during any academic year: January, April, July, and September. Each term runs for 12 weeks. Admission deadlines for submitted application and required documents are as follows:

Application Deadlines by Term

  • Spring: December 2 - March 1
  • Summer: March 2 - June 1
  • Fall: June 2 - August 15
  • Winter: August 16 - December 1

Before the applicant can be reviewed for possible admission, the following must be submitted:

Send transcripts and all required documents to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

  • Official and final transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate, professional, and graduate institutions of higher learning. Conferral degree and conferral date must be on the transcript(s) from where you earned a degree.
  • All coursework from international institution(s), Applicant is responsible for contacting one of the evaluation services listed here. The evaluation must be course by course including a cumulative GPA
  • The official evaluation must be sent directly from the evaluation service to the NSU EPS address shown above for all documents:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
www.jsilny.org/
E-Mail: info@jsilny.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
(212) 966-6311
www.wes.org

  • Copy of national allied health professional certification or licensure, if applicable.
  • Copy of current state licensure, registration or certification.
  • Copy of BLS, ACLS, PALS and ATLS certificates (if applicable)
  • Two "Evaluation Forms" from a supervising physician or manager. These forms are supplied in the application package from the program. Additional letters may be requested by the program after initial review of application if so warranted.

Non-clinical applicants (health administrators) only- must also include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor describing their position in the organization and the scope and duration of their responsibility, a personal statement describing their career goals, and an organizational chart. (This is not required for clinically licensed, registered, or certified applicants or for public health practitioners with an MPH). Clinically-qualified applicants should include a copy of their registration, certification and/ or licensure.

  • An up-to-date resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Personal interview with Committee on Admissions MAY be required in some cases. Phone interview and/or advisement may be substituted upon approval.

To be submitted directly to program upon admissions:

Copy of current personal health care / medical insurance policy or original coverage letter. All students must provide for their own medical care. The program assumes no responsibility for injury or illness while enrolled in the program. Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospitalization insurance. Students may avail themselves of the hospitalization insurance plan obtainable through the university if qualified.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 6 hours may be transferred from other graduate level training programs. NSU will transfer a maximum of 6 semester credits toward the 37 hour MHSc degree. Transfer credits are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Students are notified of transfer status after all official transcripts from previous colleges and universities are evaluated. A syllabus for each course you want to be evaluated for transfer credit must be provided to the Program Director after acceptance to the MHSc Program.

The M.H.Sc. Program will admit health care professionals with diverse undergraduate and professional education, health care work history, and life experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue a rigorous course of master's study and increasingly responsible positions in health care.

Prospective M.H.Sc. students are selected by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior health care experience, letters of evaluation, and personal motivation. In special circumstances, a personal interview may be required. Prior to matriculation into the program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Prior health care or health care administrative/management experience is required. The M.H.Sc. is a post-professional degree designed for health practitioners, clinicians, and health care administrators from a wide variety of disciplines. The commonality exhibited by our students is the practice of a recognized health occupation that requires registration, certification, and/or licensure, or the possession of managerial experience in healthcare administration.

All applicants must show evidence of computer skills though coursework or self study skills prior to the end of the first term. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU Computer Laboratory or other training facilities.

The university reserves the right to modify any requirement on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.


Generalist Curriculum

Completing the generalist curriculum requires 37 credits as detailed below.

Core Courses

COURSE NAME SEMESTER HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3
MHS 5530: Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.
3

Practical Coursework

COURSE NAME SEMESTER HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5

Electives

9 semester hours or 3 courses required.

Note: Any course that is not a core course in any of the concentrations (except the Health Law concentration) may be utilized as an elective to meet the elective requirement. If you need assistance in determining which courses can be used as electives or would best suit your learning goals, please contact your academic adviser.


Telehealth Concentration

The Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) program was initially designed to provide a venue for allied health practitioners to obtain a M.H.Sc. degree. The M.H.Sc. degree with a concentration in telehealth is designed to provide clinical and administrative health professionals with the theoretical and practical training necessary to enhance career mobility and professional advancement. The new concentration will offer courses in ethics, risk management, research, health policy, and other essential areas of telehealth. This concentration will emphasize the basics of telehealth, the importance of interprofessional collaboration and the roles of different health care providers, as well as an overview of the technology needed for successful telehealth implementation.

Completing this concentration requires 34 credits as detailed below

Note: All courses are delivered and organized as distance learning

9 credits total.

Core Courses

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3

Telehealth Courses

15 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS

MMIS 623: Information Privacy and Ethics 

Building on a foundation in classical ethics, we examine the impact of the computer and the Internet on our society. Topics include ethical decision making; professional codes; whistle-blowing; computer crime; copyrights, patents and intellectual property; privacy; and risk management. Students analyze case studies and write a research paper.

3
MHS 5901: Telehealth
Access to healthcare can be a barrier for certain populations of individuals. The use of telemedicine can expand access and possibly improve the quality of healthcare that is provided to these individuals. This course will explore the foundational concepts of telehealth within a healthcare environment, including a brief history of telemedicine, ethical issues, licensure and credentialing, clinical guidelines, technological guidelines, financial aspects, and team development.
3
MHS 5903: Telehealth and Technology
Telehealth and Technology is about the remote delivery of healthcare and healthcare education. Remote access in the form of online learning can be in response to a pandemic quarantine or simply due to a lack of healthcare in an underserved area. This interdisciplinary course helps students understand the current technologies and tools available and how to put them to effective use in healthcare and healthcare education.
3
MHS 5914: Telehealth and the Role of Interprofessional Collaboration
The use of telehealth is increasing in popularity amongst all medical professions. Lack of communication between providers can cause poor patient outcomes, medical errors, and decreased patient compliance. This course will focus on the use of telehealth in multiple disciplines as well as ways that these disciplines can collaborate to provide care for their common patients.
3
MHS 5538: Patient Safety Compliance in Health Care
This course will provide the framework for developing a patient safety program. Specific topics will include: The link between patient safety and legal and regulatory compliance; the role of accreditation standard-setting organizations in patient safety; evidenced-based outcomes and standards of care; the creation and preservation of reports, data and device evidence in medical error situations; and managing patient safety compliance through accountability-based credentialing for health care professionals. The student will be expected to complete a case study on the implementation of a patient safety initiative in a health care setting of their choice.
3

Required Practical Components

10 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5

Concentration for Recognition

In order to gain recognition in the "Telehealth" concentration of the M.H.Sc. program, the student must complete all concentration curriculum courses for 34 total hours. Those completing the concentration will be recognized as such with appropriate credentials. Students may take individual courses for elective or toward completion of the clinical core for those not involved with clinical activities.

If you have any questions regarding the concentration in Telehealth, please contact the program or your academic advisor.


Sports Medicine Concentration

Sports medicine is a broad body of knowledge in health care which addresses the needs of individuals in all age groups who exercise, an essential component of health. Sports medicine deals with the medical supervision of recreational and competitive athletes and all others who exercise for prevention and treatment of disease and injury.

The Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) Concentration in Sports Medicine is designed to provide individuals the theoretical, clinical and administrative training necessary to provide career mobility and professional enhancement. The Sports Medicine didactic curriculum provides education in a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas. The program will also assist the student in preparation for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Exam. The classes will focus on the various component of the sports industry, ranging from specific classes discussing the physical demands and bio-mechanics of each sport, the fundamentals of training principles and coaching techniques to the nutritional and psychological implications.

The internship and practicum components of the program will be tailored to the individual interest and goal of the graduate student. Under faculty guidance, students will demonstrate increased understanding in their chosen area of study. Students enrolled in this segment of the program already must have graduated from their entry-level professional training. The clinical component will be conducted in medical clinics, rehabilitation centers, or within organized sports such as high school, college or the professional level.

Requirements

The M.H.Sc. - Concentration in Sports Medicine in the College of Health Care Sciences requires a minimum of 37 credit hours of course work. This 37 credit, masters degree program is designed for the practicing amateur or professional coach, assistant coach, athletic director, athletic trainer or other allied health professional who deals with athletes.

Course Transfers

No more than six semester hours of equivalent course work for the degree may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution. All transfer courses must have a grade of B or better, be at the graduate level and be approved by the MHS Sports Medicine concentration coordinator, MHS program director and the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences. Ask about course credit for CSCS certifications already obtained. Additionally, students may take no more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) per semester without approval of the track coordinator and program director.

After preparation course for CSCS, we recommend that students sit for the national CSCS examination. This credential is invaluable for any person(s) working with amateur and professional athletes. .

Classes are organized and based on distance learning design and format.

The Dean reserves the right to require, in special cases, more than the minimum of 36 semester hours.

Core Courses

15 semester hours required (All courses required).

COURSE NAME SEMESTER HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3

Practical Coursework

10 semester hours

COURSE NAME SEMESTER HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5

Sports Medicine Courses

12 semester hours

COURSE NAME SEMESTER HOURS

MHS 5215: Sports Nutrition

The course covers a variety of general concepts related to nutrition and exercise.  The relationship among physical fitness, athletic performance, nutrient intake, and nutritional status will be reviewed.  Dietary recommendations for enhancement of human performance will be discussed.  Students will be able to apply the knowledge to specific athletes. 

3
MHS 5801: Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology
This course provides the opportunity for students to explore a special topic of interest under the direction of a faculty member. Arrangements are made directly with the appropriate faculty member and the program director. Topic exploration is governed by the needs of the program and the educational goals of the student. Possible topics involve clinical and non clinical aspects of the practice of medicine in the United States.
3
MHS 5802: Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Principles
This course will utilize the knowledge of bio-mechanics to understand the nature of traumatic and overuse injuries in athletes.? Rehabilitation concepts as well as specific programs for athletes will be covered.
3
MHS 5810: CSCS Preparation
This course is a review of the material and preparation for necessary this national certification examination. CPR Prerequisite
3

Higher Education Concentration

This concentration is designed for those allied health professionals seeking opportunities in higher education teaching. The study of educational practical theory related to higher education is an important aspect of professional development for the master prepared allied health professional. M.H.Sc. distance students will have the option of completing electives or a concentration in Health Science Higher Education.

This opportunity will allow the student to begin to explore education as a career choice. For many these core skills are vital in health care today. Completing this concentration requires 37 credits as detailed below

Note: All courses are delivered and organized as distance learning

Core Courses

15 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3

Required Practical Courses

10 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5

Higher Education Courses

12 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5542: Healthcare Education
This course introduces the theories and applications of adult education. The different methods of teaching and training health care professionals will be discussed and analyzed. The capstone of the course will be a paper on the application of adult learning theories to the student's professional setting. Chat sessions and discussion boards are a required part of the course.
3
MHS 5543: Educational Theories and Psychology
This course explores the history and evolution of educational theories and their role in the development of curriculum and instruction related to healthcare education.
3
MHS 5544: Curriculum and Instruction in Healthcare Education
Using the principles of curriculum development and related research, students will develop a plan for a unit of instruction for a healthcare course that includes a need assessment, use of resources, implementation specification, material development and assessment of instructional effectiveness.
3
MHS 5545: Assessment and Evaluation in Healthcare Education
This course provides an overview of student and program evaluation and assessment methods in healthcare education. This course will consider multiple assessment models, used in clinical settings, from traditional written assessments to alternative assessment methods such as OSCEs, portfolios and simulated patients. Students will develop an evaluation/assessment plan tailored to their professional situation.
3

Concentration for Recognition

In order to gain recognition in the "Higher Education" concentration of the M.H.Sc. program, the student must complete all four courses for 12 total hours. Those completing the concentration will be recognized as such with appropriate credentials. Students may take individual courses for elective or toward completion of the clinical core for those not involved with clinical activities.

If you have any questions regarding the concentration in Higher Education please contact the program or your academic advisor.


Health Care Administration Concentration

The M.H.Sc. degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration is designed to provide clinical and administrative health professionals with the theoretical and practical training necessary to enhance career mobility and professional advancement. The new concentration will offer courses in leadership and management, finance, ethics, risk management, research, and other essential areas of health care administration. While there are specific routes for administrators to follow into higher leadership roles, this type of educational experience is often lacking for the clinician who wishes to assume more leadership responsibility within their medical organization. Current research evidence shows that there is a need for not just formal administrative leadership, but also a need to develop integrated leadership processes throughout healthcare delivery systems.

A program that provides potential leaders in health care with the necessary skills, abilities, and competencies to realize their goals is needed.  Leadership opportunities abound in a broad array of environments through the full spectrum of health care from education, the implementation of policy and technology as well as the delivery of health care.  The M.H.Sc.  program at Nova Southeastern University has the resources and expert faculty to provide students with a meaningful educational experience in Administration in Health Care.

Completing this concentration requires 31 credits as detailed below

Note: All courses are delivered and organized as distance learning

Required Practical Components

10 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5


Health Care Administration Courses

21 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS

MMIS 623: Information Privacy and Ethics 

Building on a foundation in classical ethics, we examine the impact of the computer and the Internet on our society. Topics include ethical decision making; professional codes; whistle-blowing; computer crime; copyrights, patents and intellectual property; privacy; and risk management. Students analyze case studies and write a research paper.

3

MHS 5530: Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.

3

MHS 5535: Issues in Health Care Leadership
This course requires the student to solve a simulated problem facing a simulated health care organization addressing its impact on all aspects of the health care institution. Students will describe their leadership philosophy based on recognized leadership theory and how this will play a role in achieving an effective solution to the proposed problem. The course will employ interactive technology to disseminate information on the weekly evolution of the simulated problem. The course culminates in a detailed analysis of the problem which includes: proposed solutions for corrective and preventive measures, potential intended and unintended consequences and evidence of the student's leadership philosophy

3

MHS 5537: Health Care Leadership Quality Assurance/Risk Management
The student will examine health care quality assurance and risk management in the United States and the methods that are utilized to achieve improvements in health care organizations. Upon completion of this course the student will be prepared to implement continuous quality improvement and performance improvement in management and performance improvement in management and performance systems, by interpreting and understanding of data available to devise, generate, and apply quality performance improvement programs.

3

MHS 5538 Patient Safety Compliance in Health Care
This course will provide the framework for developing a patient safety program. Specific topics will include: The link between patient safety and legal and regulatory compliance; the role of accreditation standard-setting organizations in patient safety; evidenced-based outcomes and standards of care; the creation and preservation of reports, data and device evidence in medical error situations; and managing patient safety compliance through accountability-based credentialing for health care professionals. The student will be expected to complete a case study on the implementation of a patient safety initiative in a health care setting of their choice.

3
MHS 5510: Research Methods

This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.

3

MHS 5546: Health Care Finance

This course introduces fundamental theory and concepts of health care finance with relevant application to a wide variety of health care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of key issues in order to provide the tools necessary for clinicians to function within a health care environment. Concentrating on a managerial rather than production accounting perspective, major topics includes principles of accounting, budgeting, analysis of financial statements, activity-based costing, responsibility accounting, and provider payment and reimbursement systems. The student will be required to prepare a formal paper on a health care finance topic.

3

Health Law Concentration

This concentration is offered through a partnership with our NSU Shepard Broad Law School. It is designed for allied health professionals who want to be introduced to the legal aspect of healthcare. For many, this knowledge is vital in today's health care environment.

All MHS courses are delivered and organized as distance learning.

Core Courses

15 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5530: Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.
3

Required Practical Components

10 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5

Health Law Courses

18 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MLAW 1020: Legal Research Methods and Reasoning  3
MHL 1045: Law of Patients' Rights and Health Care Ethics  2
MLAW 1036: Legal Foundations 3
MHL 1090: Law of Accreditation and Licensing 2
MHL 2021: Pharmaceutical Law 2
MHL 2030: Law of Risk Management 2
MLAW 1035: Professional Communication

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MHL Elective

A 2 credit elective from the course listing available to Master of Health Science students doing the Health Law Concentration will be coordinated between the student and the Shepard Broward Law College to complete the 18 required concentration credits.

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Course Schedule and Tuition Rates

**Please note that students in this track fall under the following course schedule. Students varying from that schedule may run into financial aid award difficulties and will fall out of sequence sequence for the health law courses, affecting timeframe for completion.

Students in this track should consider themselves in a locked-step schedule. In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits per term.

  • Tuition for MHS courses: $429 per credit hour
  • Tuition for MHL courses: $711 per credit hour

Start date is each July

MHS COURSES MHL COURSES

Summer
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care (3 credits)

Summer (Term 1)
MHL 1045 Patients’ Rights and Health Care Ethics (2 credits)
Fall
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals (3 credits)

Fall (Term 2)
MLAW 1035 Professional Communication (2 credits)

MLAW 1036 Legal Foundations (3 credits)

Winter
MHS 5510: Research Methods

Winter (Term 3)
MHL 2021 Pharmaceutical Law (2 credits)

MHL 2030 Law of Risk Management (2 credits)

Spring
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 credits)

Spring (Term 4)
MLAW 1020 Legal Research Methods and Reasoning* (3 credits)

MHL 1090 Law of Accreditation and Licensing (2 credits)

Summer
MHS 5530: Principles and Practices of Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
Summer (Term 5)
MHL Elective
Fall
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Care Policy (5 credits)
Fall
No MHL course
Winter
MHS 5207: Practicum (5 credits)
Winter
No MHL course
Spring
No MHS course (continuation of practicum)
Spring
No MHL course

 Total credits for the Master of Health Science Degree with a Concentration in Health Law: 43


Leadership in Health Care Concentration

This concentration will provide specialization training to meet the increasing demand for qualified leaders in the health care industry growing field of leadership in health care. Beginning in the Winter of 2010, MHSc distance students will have the option of completing electives or a concentration in Leadership in Health Care. Completing this concentration requires 37 credits as detailed below.

All courses are delivered and organized as distance learning.

Core Courses

Core courses total 12 credits.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5510: Research Methods
This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidence based professional practice.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3

Specialty Courses

Specialty courses total 15 credits.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5530: Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.
3
MHS 5541: Health Care Systems and Conflict
This introductory course will assist learners to blend conflict-resolution theories, models, and skills into realistic strategies that can be utilized in a healthcare setting. The attitudes, knowledge and skills from this course can be applied to those who deliver, receive, and manage healthcare. The strategies will be applicable to working with diverse populations, including people with different cultural backgrounds, genders, personalities, positions of power, agendas. Types of negotiation strategies in order to move toward a collaborative situation will also be addressed.
3
MHS 5546: Healthcare Finance
This course introduces fundamental theory and concepts of health care finance with relevant application to a wide variety of health care settings. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of key issues in order to provide the tools necessary for clinicians to function within a health care environment. Concentrating on a managerial rather than production accounting perspective, major topics includes principles of accounting, budgeting, analysis of financial statements, activity-based costing, responsibility accounting, and provider payment and reimbursement systems. The student will be required to prepare a formal paper on a health care finance topic.
3
MHS 5535: Issues in Health Care Leadership
This course requires the student to solve a simulated problem facing a simulated health care organization addressing its impact on all aspects of the health care institution. Students will describe their leadership philosophy based on recognized leadership theory and how this will play a role in achieving an effective solution to the proposed problem. The course will employ interactive technology to disseminate information on the weekly evolution of the simulated problem. The course culminates in a detailed analysis of the problem which includes: proposed solutions for corrective and preventive measures, potential intended and unintended consequences and evidence of the student's leadership philosophy
3
MHS 5537: Health Care Leadership Quality Assurance/Risk Management
The student will examine health care quality assurance and risk management in the United States and the methods that are utilized to achieve improvements in health care organizations. Upon completion of this course the student will be prepared to implement continuous quality improvement and performance improvement in management and performance improvement in management and performance systems, by interpreting and understanding of data available to devise, generate, and apply quality performance improvement programs.
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Practical Coursework

Practical coursework courses total 10 credits.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments.  Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5
Concentration for Recognition

In order to gain recognition in the "Leadership in Health Care" concentration of the MHSc program, the student must complete all five courses for 15 total hours. Those completing the concentration will be recognized as such with appropriate credentials. If you have any questions of how this may apply to your MHSc completion, contact the program or your academic advisor for assistance.


Health Care Risk Management Concentration

This concentration is designed for health care professionals seeking to enter or be promoted in the rapidly expanding field of health care risk management, compliance and patient safety. The courses in this concentration will prepare graduates with the skills and background necessary to reduce medical errors, control adverse events, analyze health informatics data, and implement a quality improvement and patient safety initiative. The curriculum of the concentration is designed to assist graduates with the academic preparation for the following certifications:

Completing this concentration requires 37 credits as detailed below.

*** Disclaimer: there are other requirements for the above certifications and completion of the concentration courses and degree requirements is not a guarantee of certification.

Note: All courses are delivered and organized as distance learning.

Core Courses

12 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5003: Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care
This course serves to familiarize the student with current and cultural issues in health care that may impact the patient, the health care system, as well as the ability to deliver high quality health care. Discussion and analysis of current trends and cultural topics facing those who work in health care will be explored.
3
MHS 5203: Writing for Allied Health Professionals

This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing.  Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate.  It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other.  Scientific writing is written for an audience with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience.  American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed.  The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses.

3
MHS 5501: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the ability of the student to understand and apply these concepts.
3
MHS 5521: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
The student will examine the ethical issues that confront health care providers and patients. The medical, scientific, moral and socioeconomic bases of these issues and the decision making process that providers and patients engage in are analyzed. Topics will include informed consent, the role of institutional review boards, euthanasia, and the allocation of scarce resources.
3

Concentration Courses

15 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5530 Principles of Management in Healthcare
This course will discuss the various principles of management and its associated issues as they relate to the modern healthcare professional. The course will explore topics such as concepts of organizational management, decision-making, strategic planning, resource management and allocation, conflict, and the concept of power.
3
MHS 5537 Health Care Leadership Quality Assurance/Risk Management
The student will examine health care quality assurance and risk management in the United States and the methods that are utilized to achieve improvements in health care organizations. Upon completion of this course the student will be prepared to implement continuous quality improvement and performance improvement in management and performance improvement in management and performance systems, by interpreting and understanding of data available to devise, generate, and apply quality performance improvement programs.
3
MHS 5538 Patient Safety Compliance in Health Care
This course will provide the framework for developing a patient safety program. Specific topics will include: The link between patient safety and legal and regulatory compliance; the role of accreditation standard-setting organizations in patient safety; evidenced-based outcomes and standards of care; the creation and preservation of reports, data and device evidence in medical error situations; and managing patient safety compliance through accountability-based credentialing for health care professionals. The student will be expected to complete a case study on the implementation of a patient safety initiative in a health care setting of their choice.
3
MHS 5539 Health Care and Regulatory Compliance
This course will cover recent developments in compliance regulations resulting from federal and state laws governing health care in various settings, including HIPPA and HITECH. Students will learn about the seven essential elements of an effective compliance program and how to implement them. Course topics include: setting up and maintaining a compliance program, the role of the health care compliance officer, investigating, reporting, enforcement and discipline. Students will have the opportunity to explore a case study on ethics in compliance and to develop sample compliance forms and policies that can be used in a variety of health care settings.
3
MHS 5540 Enterprise Risk Management
This course provides a framework for the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management as a means for implementation of a comprehensive risk management process and plan that encompasses the entire enterprise, which crosses departmental barriers. Course topics include: enterprise risk management (ERM) and its evolution, risk financing methods, contract management, claims management, environmental compliance, human research, peer review and credentialing, due diligence in business transactions, consent to treatment, advent of e-discovery rules and the impact of the electronic health record (EHR). Students will be expected to complete a case study on the implementation of enterprise risk management in a health care setting of their choice.
3

Practical Courses

10 credits total.

COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
MHS 5207: Practicum
The practicum is a cumulating experience for M.H.Sc. Students. Under supervision of an M.H.Sc. faculty advisor, students will develop community- based, health promotion and disease prevention interventions with underserved and/ or non-traditional populations.
5
MHS 5309: U.S. Health Policy
This course will explore how US health policy is made and the interests and roles of various stakeholders and state, local and federal governments. Students will analyze health policies and discern what impact proposed and executed health policies will have on health care entities, groups, individuals and healthcare practice. Students will gain the skills necessary to conduct a policy analysis that examines a health care or public health issue or concern.
5

Total of 37 credits

Concentration for Recognition

In order to gain recognition in the " Health Care Risk Management, Patient Safety and Compliance " concentration of the MHSc program, the student must complete all five courses for 15 total hours. Those completing the concentration will be recognized as such with appropriate credentials. If you have any questions of how this may apply to your MHSc completion, contact the program or your academic advisor for assistance.

If you have any questions regarding the concentration in Health Care Risk Management please contact the program or your academic advisor.

The program is designed to be completed in an online format.

You’ll need an internet connection to access course materials and the online student center. Each professor determines the need for a textbook and internet readings. You will be responsible for purchasing the required text(s) for each course.

The online courses work very much like a classroom and you will be required to interact with the professor and the other students in your virtual classroom, as well as adhere to assignment due dates. There is an online student center where you can post messages, questions, and have chats with classmates. You will also find the schedule, course plans, links, library resources, and much more.

For financial aid purposes full time is 4 or more credits per term. How much time you spend will be based on several factors to include your study style, time management, the professor’s methods, and your study area.

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