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Master of Science in Health Science Online

Broaden your career opportunities and deepen your knowledge of healthcare systems with NKU's online MSHS program, designed to be flexible and efficient for working professionals like you.

This program is no longer enrolling new students.

Program Overview

$18,760 Total Tuition
As few as 24 months Program Duration
35 Credit Hours

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 online 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
SACSCOC

Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of NKU.

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers an M.S. in Health Informatics and a B.S. in Health Science online. Check out our other innovative online healthcare programs.

Tuition

The MSHS online program offers the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$536 Per Credit Hour
$18,760 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
Master of Science in Health Science $536 $18,760

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined. Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar

The MSHS online program features accelerated courses that start six times a year. View the calendar to find the most convenient start date for you and note your corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

This program is no longer enrolling new students.

Admissions

The MSHS online program has a streamlined admission process so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Minimum 2.5 GPA on cumulative undergraduate coursework
Professional resume and student letter of intention and career goals
Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions

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MSHS Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Professional resume
  • Student letter of intention and career goals
  • Undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of C or better equivalent to STA 205 at NKU

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

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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

Courses

For the MSHS online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 35 credit hours, including eight core courses (26 credit hours), and three courses (9 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

Introduction to health economics focuses on using the tools of microeconomic analysis to understand behavior by consumers, producers and insurers in health care markets. The tools of microeconomic analysis will also be applied to current policy problems, and supported with analyses of publicly available data sources.

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: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of financial administration processes and payment systems within the various health care delivery systems. Topics to include but are not limited to: Tools to analyze and understand financial operations, various tools to review and manage comparative data, construct and evaluate budgets, tools to plan, monitor, and manage financial status, allocation of resources, and acquire funds.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. An in-depth study of successful strategic planning and marketing tactics utilized in the field of healthcare. Evaluation of stakeholders, community needs and desires, as well as implementation and evaluation of such methods.

Duration: 5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite(s): Admission to MSHS, MBA, or permission of instructor. Study and evaluation of health care law and its interface with the healthcare system and the key players within. Real life ethical dilemmas will be examined with application of various theories and principles that apply.

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