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Master of Science in Health Science Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 24 months Credit Hours: 35 Tuition: $22,400

Overview


Master of Science in Health Science Online

Prepare for career opportunities in education, leadership, management, informatics, and more with a Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) degree from Northern Kentucky University. This interdisciplinary, 100% online program combines common core and guided elective courses that allow you to tailor this degree to meet your academic and career interests.

Learn how to analyze, synthesize, and communicate information to make decisions for the operation and improvement of healthcare systems. Gain competency in theories and methods of health science research and develop the leadership qualities that will prepare you for advanced roles in your respective position—in as few as 24 months.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop planning and implementation of programs and processes through collaboration and consultation
  • Explore healthcare issues, policies and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors
  • Evaluate the current status of the healthcare system with emphasis on cultural diversity and competency
  • Work with a preceptor in an area related to the guided electives and apply the knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained through completed coursework

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Health Science online, students must complete 11 courses (35 credit hours), including eight core courses (26 credit hours), and three elective courses (9 credit hours). All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of our MSHS online courses, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of. We've streamlined the process to make it easier and less time consuming. Requirements for the Master of Science in Health Science online program include a minimum 3.0 GPA, along with a resume and a letter of intent. An undergraduate course in statistical methods with a grade of C or higher is required.

To learn more about MSHS online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the Master of Science in Health Science online program is affordably priced, and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about MSHS online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Health Science online students, multiple start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MSHS online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Health Science online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 35 credit hours, including eight core courses (26 credit hours), and three courses (nine credit hours) from the education, management, or informatics electives.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers advanced knowledge in design and analysis of qualitative and quantitative research; strategies for appropriate data analysis of various research designs; development of a research proposal for a clinically based healthcare research problem; strategies for appropriate data analysis of various research designs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the U.S. healthcare system; in-depth analysis of modern and potential future trends; evaluation of current status of healthcare system with emphasis on cultural diversity and competency.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the design, development, and use of interactive media and multimedia; includes integration of various models of instructional design, the fundamentals of technology, technology-based instructional tools, audio, blogging, and other social network media. Students will utilize a variety of software presentations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explore healthcare issues, policies, and economic factors influenced by technological, social, economic, and political factors; availability of and access to healthcare; social distribution of healthcare; actions for dealing with healthcare dilemmas, federal and state regulatory programs, and healthcare financing will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students will write a thesis or complete a final research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students will work with a preceptor in an area related to the guided electives and apply knowledge, skills, and competencies obtained through completed coursework.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This core course provides an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field both locally and nationally. The course provides an overview of networks, software, and computers in healthcare with a particular focus on their use in interoperable systems. Applications include electronic health records, computerized physician order entry, and digital imaging.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; experimental design; factorial experiments; regression and correlation; nonparametric statistics; use of programmed routines; critique of published research.

Students may choose three from the following categories.

Education Electives

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics and learning styles of diverse populations of healthcare learners are examined. A variety of teaching methods that can be utilized by healthcare providers to promote optimal learning in different education settings including the online environment are presented and analyzed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Use and interpretation of student assessments, various testing strategies, psychometric analysis including test item analysis, performance evaluation, and course mapping for healthcare students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Contemporary and traditional aspects of curriculum planning and design as applied to healthcare education will be explored. Various topics include philosophy, educational theory, learning objectives and outcomes, curriculum designs, and programmatic evaluations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topics and issues for the healthcare educator, researcher, and leader are examined. Selected issues affecting healthcare education will be explored.

Management Electives

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the financial administration processes within various healthcare delivery systems. Students will be exposed to and ultimately construct various financial reports that are used in healthcare administration. Students will also examine each of the payment systems within each of the major groups of healthcare delivery systems, e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, home health programs, and so forth.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of the process of health services as it relates to strategic planning and marketing, taking into account all possible stakeholders; includes exploration of community and healthcare program-specific needs assessment, planning and marketing design, business scenarios, decision analysis, feasibility studies, implementation strategies and evaluation methods.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth introduction to healthcare law, including an examination of the interface between the legal system and the healthcare delivery system; focus on the roles and rights of the key players in the U.S. healthcare system: patients, administration, governing boards, state and federal government, third-party payers, and healthcare providers; the study of the dominant ethical theories that present in healthcare and the applicable principles that are significant with clinical and managerial issues in healthcare.

Informatics Electives

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In order to prepare students to be competent informatics practitioners within the healthcare industry, this course introduces students to the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of information systems (IS) in the context of business decision-making. This will include a survey of the IS discipline and an explanation of its importance in modern organizations. The key objective of the course is to give the student a good understanding of how managers can manage and exploit the potential of information technology for their own career and for the strategic benefit of their organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course develops an understanding of tools, techniques, and methods for analysis, design and implementation of information systems. It uses theory and applied projects to build effective interpersonal and communication skills that are essential to interact with clients, users, and other team members involved with development, operation, and maintenance of information systems. Approaches to systems development such as rapid application development (RAD), joint application development (JAD), and other techniques to create quality systems are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision-making. You will investigate all aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relational, object-oriented and semantic databases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of information technology project management practices, software, contexts, and processes. Topics include project implementation methodologies; resource selection; project risks and failures: managing technical project personnel; project management tools and techniques, and issues related to project outsourcing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Topics may vary and may include advanced and evolving technologies in Information Systems and Methodologies for Information Systems Development. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 semester hours when topics vary.

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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Health Science online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MSHS Online Requirements

  • Complete application for admission
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on last 40 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Professional resume
  • Student letter of intention and career goals
  • Undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better equivalent to STA 205 or 212 at NKU

International students must demonstrate English proficiency by earning an acceptable score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Health Science online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
Master of Science in Health Science $640 $22,400

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.

Rates include tuition as established by the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents. Rates are effective Fall 2017 and subject to change.

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Calendar


For the MSHS Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 March 12, 2018 February 26, 2018 March 5, 2018 March 7, 2018 March 11, 2018 April 27, 2018
Summer 1 May 7, 2018 April 23, 2018 April 30, 2018 May 2, 2018 May 7, 2018 June 22, 2018
Summer 2 June 25, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 20, 2018 June 25, 2018 August 10, 2018
Fall 1 August 20, 2018 August 6, 2018 August 13, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 20, 2018 October 5, 2018
Fall 2 October 17, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 12, 2018 October 17, 2018 December 7, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 January 2, 2019 January 7, 2019 January 9, 2019 January 15, 2019 March 1, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 19, 2019 May 3, 2019
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