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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences to Master of Science in Health Sciences (dual degree track)

Transfer up to
141 Credits
A median of 58 credits accepted
Receive credit for certain health care licenses and certifications

Gain the Specialized Knowledge You Need with a Combined BS in Health Sciences to MS Degree.

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.

Undergraduate Areas of Emphasis

Health and Wellness, Management, Public Health, No Emphasis Option

Graduate Specialization Options

No Specialization, Public Health

Fast Facts:

Top jobs in health care management include audiologist, medical lab technician, and medical assistant (Source:

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)


credit hours

Online BS in Health Sciences to MS in Health Sciences Program Details

Depending on the health care licenses and certifications you have, you could potentially be awarded 9-38 credits toward this degree. Learn more about credit for health care credentials. Also, to help you finish your master’s sooner and save on tuition, the combined BS in Health Sciences/MS in Health Sciences program lets you apply 9 graduate credits toward the bridge component requirement.

120 credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences portion of the degree. Students achieve graduate status after completing all undergraduate requirements and the 9-credit bridge component. The 27-credit graduate component completes the degree requirements.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Written English Requirement
  • Humanities
    • Ethics (minimum of 2 credits)
    • Humanities electives
  • Social Sciences
    • Social science electives
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • Natural science supportive of health sciences (minimum 2 credits)
    • Statistics (minimum 2 credits)
    • Additional courses
  • Arts and Sciences Electives

Undergraduate Health Sciences Component

Information Literacy

This online course is required of all undergraduate students, and must be taken at Excelsior College.

Health Sciences Core Courses

Writing and Communicating in the Health Science Professions

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.

Health Care Issues in Culturally Diverse Populations

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.

Introduction to Health Care Informatics

This multidisciplinary undergraduate course surveys the role of information management systems in health care. Course material covers electronic health records and clinical systems; database structures; patient privacy policy and regulations; telehealth services and government health information exchange; health data security strategies; and consumer mobile health technology and wearable health devices. Learn more about jobs in informatics and bioinformatics and genetics and genomics research in consumer health, public health, and dental health.

Area of Emphasis (Choose one)

Health and Wellness Emphasis

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.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Two approved upper-level courses, such as Human-Animal Interaction; Exercise for Health; Mind, Body, Health; Introduction to Health Coaching; Nutrition for Wellness; Managing Stress

Public Health Emphasis

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.

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Principles of Public Health
  • Public health elective course

Management Emphasis

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.

  • Budget and Finance in Health Care Organizations
  • Management of Human Resources in Health Care Organizations
  • Leadership and Management in Health Care Seminar

No Emphasis Option

Create your own emphasis by exploring different health science-related subjects or applying additional credit to satisfy the requirement.

Health Sciences Electives

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 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.

Health Care Delivery Systems

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.

Research and Applied Statistics

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.

Graduate Health Sciences Courses

Graduate Research and Writing

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.

Health Care Policy, Politics, and Power

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.

Ethics and Health Care

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.

Public Health

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.

  • Behavioral Health and Social Environment
  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Issues in Public Health
  • Program Planning and Evaluation for Public Health
  • Vulnerable Populations

No Specialization Option

  • Take graduate electives in health sciences or satisfy this requirement with approved transfer credits.

Master’s in Health Sciences Capstone

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.

Learning Outcomes for BS in Health Sciences

  • Identify and evaluate evidence to guide decision making.
  • Use a systematic approach and higher order thinking in developing strategies to address health issues and societal needs.
  • Integrate knowledge of culture and an appreciation of diversity in assessment of needs and delivery of health services.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges in the use of current and evolving information technologies for planning, implementing, and evaluating health services.
  • Use effective professional communication skills to engage with various stakeholders.
  • Analyze legal, ethical, and policy issues within health delivery systems.
  • Implement specialized knowledge and skills in the management and delivery of health services.

Learning Outcomes for MS in Health Sciences

  • Demonstrate proficiency in using multiple strategies of communication to convey complex thoughts and ideas.
  • Use research findings to explain and direct the resolution of practice-related issues and challenges.
  • Apply leadership skills in managing people and programs.
  • Analyze issues and challenges, including new and emerging trends within the health care industry, using an ethical framework.
  • Use knowledge of health care policy and delivery systems to guide professional practice.

View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Download the Graduate Studies Catalog

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Online BS in Health Sciences to MS in Health Sciences

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"I have applied [what I learned in my courses] to my job every single day. I use it to make my job easier and to be an asset to my company.”
Beverly Ann St. Louis
BS in Health Care Management


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