The mission of the Master of Health Sciences (MHS) program is to prepare recent undergraduate students and established professionals for leadership positions in public health, other public and private health promoting agencies, and health care institutions. Students in the MHS program can study in one of three concentration areas: (1) health promotion, (2) health policy, and (3) health services leadership. A brief description of each includes:
Students will learn to use a problem-focused, multidisciplinary approach to designing prevention and intervention programs that address pressing public health problems. This concentration prepares students to design and coordinate interventions with integrated health education and promotion, policy, and regulatory components focused on multiple levels of influence. It emphasizes working with local communities to design and deliver programming meant to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, priority groups, and the community-at-large.
Students will learn to use systems analysis tools to understand and enhance the social and cultural conditions, the institutional and organizational capacity, and the policy and regulatory frameworks necessary to promote community and population health. This concentration prepares students to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of all systems necessary to create pathways to health that begin where people live, work, and play. It emphasizes addressing the broader contextual, structural, and environmental conditions that influence and affect health.
Health Services Leadership:
Students will learn the practical management and leadership skills necessary to effectively lead public health and other health promoting organizations. This concentration includes strategic planning, human resource management, budgeting and resource development, coalition building, and public-private partnerships. It prepares students to lead government, nonprofit, and private health promoting organizations.
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