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Overview of Master of Health Sciences (MHS) Degree Program

Majors Overview December 8, 2017

This article talks about the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) degree program and their education requirements, coursework, career options, job and wage outlook, and continuing education options.

Master of Health Sciences (MHS) Program

Students enrolled in the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) degree program must opt for a specialization such as health law, health services, environmental health, or higher education in a specific public health field. Both research and theoretical coursework about public health are in this program. Coursework includes completion of an internship or a practicum relating to health promotion, healthcare systems, or disease prevention.

Education Requirements

Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a bachelor’s degree preferably in a major related to health, but holders of bachelor’s degree in other disciplines also find consideration in some schools. Work experience in the health field is also necessary for admission to some MHS programs.

Coursework

Primary classes taken by all students are typically in the Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) degree program. These are considered relevant to careers of professionals involved in research, health administration, healthcare or clinical work. However, the coursework may largely vary with the chosen concentration of each student. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:

•Health education
•Healthcare systems
•Epidemiology
•Healthcare management
•Healthcare trends and problems
•Health policy
•Healthcare Finances
•Health science research

Career Options

Graduates may pursue roles of administrators, educators, researchers and other health professionals, in environmental health, health services management, and other health related fields. Work settings such as clinics, hospitals, insurance companies and government are available to them. They may choose from job positions such as:

•Health safety worker
•Health information manager
•Medical clinic director
•Environmental health practitioner
•Clinical Manager

Job and Wage Outlook

In May 2016, medical records and health information technicians brought in an average annual wage of $38,040; health and safety coordinators earned a median annual wage of $66,820, over the same period.

Continuing Education Options

Doctoral degree programs in health science are also available at some schools. Doctoral students are trained to seek career roles in teaching, health science research or advanced clinical practice. They are awarded degrees such as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.).

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In 2017, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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