This fully online dual degree Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Master of Science in Health Sciences program shortens your time to degree completion by applying 9 “bridge” credits to some of the requirements for both degree programs. This lets you save on tuition and earn your master’s degree sooner than if you wait to enroll in a graduate program until after you complete your BS in Health Sciences.
The undergraduate (bachelor’s) curriculum for this program gives you a broad understanding of the fundamentals of health sciences and the U.S. health care industry. Required coursework covers topics in health care quality and access, electronic health records, health consumer and patient informatics, management practice, and health care business costs and finances. For details, visit the BS in Health Sciences program page.
In the graduate (master’s) part of the program, you develop advanced research and writing skills and deepen your knowledge of health care systems, policy compliance, and ethics in health care settings. The master’s degree also offers optional specializations. For more details, visit the MS in Health Sciences program page.
Health and Wellness, Management, Public Health, No Emphasis Option
No Specialization, Public Health
Top jobs in health care management include audiologist, medical lab technician, and medical assistant (Source: publichealthonline.org)
Health care workers with a MS degree earn 30 percent more on average than those with a BS (Source: BLS)
Employment of medical technicians is projected to grow 37 percent by 2026 (Source: BLS)
Of the total credits for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences portion of the degree, students must complete 60 credits in the arts and sciences and 51 credits in the health sciences component. Students achieve graduate status after completing all undergraduate requirements and the 9-credit bridge component. The 27-credit graduate component completes the degree requirements.
This online course is required of all undergraduate students, and must be taken at Excelsior College.
This course covers professional writing, speaking, and presentation skills that help you succeed in interviews for health care jobs and clearly communicate with clients, co-workers, and supervisors in health organizations. Learn how to write concise and persuasive summaries and reports; how to use best practices to inform communication with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and community members; how to manage meetings; how to design and talk through visual presentations; and how to interact with diverse groups.
Discover how cultural diversity relates to health, illness, and the health care delivery system. Learn how to create more inclusive health organizations and services that respect religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, disability, regional, and other differences.
Prepare for a career as a holistic health advisor, personal fitness trainer, or wellness counselor with an emphasis in health and wellness. Learn about the impact of nutrition, exercise, natural healing, spirituality, and lifestyle on human physiology and psychology, and how certain behaviors can contribute to optimum health and wellbeing.
The public health emphasis increases your understanding of disease prevention, population health protection, and public health promotion strategies. These courses prepare you for public health jobs in government agencies, health research labs, community organizations, and nonprofit groups.
Develop your skills in the business of health care with the emphasis in management. Learn how to prepare a budget, monitor worker safety and staffing practices, make ethical decisions as a health care manager, and approach employee relations and internal communication in health care settings.
Create your own emphasis by exploring different health science-related subjects or applying additional credit to satisfy the requirement.
Choose from coursework in such fields as radiology, dental hygiene, cardiovascular technology, pharmacy technology, nursing, medical laboratory technology, and more. Arts and sciences credit supportive of the health sciences may also be applied.
Sample courses include: Medical Terminology; Spanish Communication for the Health Care Professions; Sex, Gender, and Health; Introduction to Human Genetics; Human-Animal Interactions for Health and Wellness
Take three 3-credit courses that count toward requirements for both programs.
Become a more effective health care leader by learning how to develop positive and productive relationships with employees in your workplace. Instructional material in this course teaches you how to successfully manage business units and lead in difficult times. Master practical techniques and skills that enable you to articulate your values and vision, set business goals, improve group communication and team-building, motivate and manage staff, and use negotiation strategies to drive change, innovation, and growth in your organization.
Study the complexities and challenges you encounter as a health care professional working in outpatient and inpatient settings. In this course, you learn about the shortage of primary care workers despite growth in the job market, why scope of practice is expanding for medical, behavioral, cognitive, and mental health personnel, and the expansion of physician and nursing roles. Course material also covers United States health care costs and financing, and information technology policy and meaningful use regulation for electronic health records. Learn how information technology supports data-based decision-making, how research and development lead to new medical treatments, and how policies impact employee and patient safety and quality of care.
To make business decisions with confidence, you need to know how to use quantitative, qualitative, and computer-based research and analysis to solve the problems you may encounter during your career in health care. Learn how health care managers and executive leaders use statistical analysis and evidence-based practice methods to answer questions and solve health care quality improvement problems and provide diverse populations of people in need with timely access to prevention services and medical treatment.
Develop the fundamental research and writing skills that enable you to succeed in this graduate master’s program in health sciences. In this course, you learn how to retrieve electronic documents and access digital resources, evaluate the credibility of information sources, and create an annotated bibliography. You also formulate a research question and thesis, develop an argument, conduct academic research, and outline and write an evidence-based research paper.
Increase your knowledge of the federal policy-making process and key issues in health policy in this foundational course. Assignments include a policy analysis paper and recorded presentation that describes the symptoms and magnitude of a policy-related health problem, outlines a plausible intervention, recommends an alternative policy, a predicts outcomes. You also learn about national and local health policy, the concept of universal health care, the role of political lobbyists, Medicare and Medicaid reforms, and efforts to eradicate disparities of access to care among diverse populations.
This course provides you with an introduction to contemporary issues in health care ethics. Explore professional ethics, unconscious bias, and dilemmas that arise within health care organizations related to biomedical technologies and procedures, health care for diverse populations, and environmental health issues such as contaminated water supply and management of limited resources. Learn to recognize problematic situations involving conflicts of interest, patient privacy and confidentiality, electronic health records, emergency services, home care, medical research, clinical practice, treatment of the uninsured, and more.
Achieve your career goals with a specialization in public health that deepens your knowledge of disease prevention planning and how to design public health programs that effectively address the cultural, psychological, and behavioral factors that affect individual and community health.
Through practical assignments in the graduate capstone in health sciences, learn how to create a lobbying and advocacy plan for health associations; how to write a formal testimony that can be submitted to health-related legal hearings; how to prepare an oral testimony for court proceedings in which you need to concisely present key points within the framework of the lawsuit; and how to write health-related op-ed articles that you can submit to print and digital media channels for potential publication. Coursework also covers persuasive writing tactics, and strategic message and communication planning.
View additional details about programs and courses:Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Health Care Program Specialist
Health Informatics Technician
Health Professions Educator
Occupational Health Specialist
Public Health Planner
Quality Assurance Specialist
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