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Master of Science in Health Sciences

Transfer up to
18 Credits
A median of 10 credits accepted

Move Ahead in Your Career with an Online MS in Health Sciences

This fully online Master of Science in Health Sciences program teaches you how to lead and motivate health care teams, research electronic documents, analyze and propose new policies, and handle conflicts of interest and solve problems on the job in health care settings. Prepare for career advancement by increasing your knowledge of evidence-based health practice in the workplace.

The curriculum familiarizes you with the processes involved in providing quality health services and the business operations at work in health care organizations. Graduate courses for this program cover trends in U.S. health care delivery systems, research methods, communication skills, ethical issues in health care, managerial leadership, health care policy analysis, and related topics.

Completing this program gives you knowledge and professional skills in health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention; medical personnel management and workforce safety; federal, state, and local health regulations; and the politics of health care reform.

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Graduate Specialization Options

Public Health, No Specialization

Fast Facts:

The average median salary for those with a MS in Health Sciences is $76,000 (Source:

Master’s degree holders work as occupational therapists, dietitians, and health research coordinators (Source: BLS)

More than 5 million job openings in the health sciences are expected nationwide by 2026 (Source: BLS)


credit hours

Online MS in Health Sciences Program Details

Core Health Sciences Courses: 18 Credits

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.

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.


Become an 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.

Public Health: 15 Credits

Achieve your career goals with a specialization in public health that deepens your knowledge of disease prevention planning and teaches you how to design public health programs that 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: 15 Credits

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

Master’s in Health Sciences Capstone: 3 Credits

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.

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.

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Common Careers with an
Online MS in Health Sciences

Health Informatics Technician

Health Professions Educator

Occupational Health Specialist

Public Health Planner

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Beverly Ann St. Louis
BS in Health Care Management

"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.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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