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Master of Health Science (MDC PA)

MHS Curriculum (for Miami-Dade College Physician Assistant students only)

Completing the curriculum requires 30 credits as detailed below. 

Note: In order to graduate with the MHSc degree, students must first successfully complete the Bachelor's degree portion of the Physician Assistant program (from Miami-Dade College.)

course name semester 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.

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.
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.
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.
MHS 5026: Human Trafficking for Health Care Professionals
Human trafficking involves sexual or labor exploitation of a person through force, fraud, and coercion for any type of gain. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that human trafficking victims endure chronic physical, sexual, and emotional violence from their exploiters and experience communicable diseases from their living conditions, sexually transmitted diseases from their work conditions, and mental health issues from their exploitation. (WHO, 2014) In 2015, the American Public Health Association identified human trafficking as a public health problem in the United States. This course will raise awareness of human trafficking in the United States and internationally; increase the knowledge of the signs and symptoms of trafficked individuals; and provide action steps health care professionals can utilize when trafficked individuals are identified in hospitals, urgent care centers, community health centers, condimental health settings.
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.
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.

MHS 8999: Experiential Learning 5
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