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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.

Making your graduate program experience excellent—meet this faculty program director.


Public Health, General, Cannabis Control

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

Ethical Leadership

This interdisciplinary course will develop highly effective transformational leaders in their respective professions who formulate sustainable, ethically sound solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment. You will learn how to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs through an ethical lens that includes social responsibility and the intersections of diversity, culture, and environment, and how these differences affect best practices in management in your discipline.

Strategic Talent Management

This interdisciplinary course will enable you to acquire the skills necessary to strategically lead decisively across all functions in organizations, including recruitment and selection of employees, training and development, performance appraisals, health and safety, labor relations, and change management. You will be introduced to leadership and talent management within and across disciplines and apply strategies to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This course will integrate legal, management, and social science research with an action learning-based approach to executive-level leadership education. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills through your own disciplinary lens, and will gain an in-depth understanding of how these skills are applied in other disciplines.

Data Driven Decision Making

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to research methods and is designed to provide you with an introduction to statistical theory and practice. Learn how to research a current issue and interpret statistics for the fields of criminal justice, business, health sciences, and public administration, assuming leadership roles in your discipline.

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.

Contemporary Issues in Health Care Delivery Systems

You will gain an in-depth understanding of current issues and emerging trends facing leaders within healthcare delivery systems in this advanced course. The diversity and complexities of various healthcare settings are explored, along with the drivers of healthcare delivery. Themes of quality assurance, patient safety, access, and ethical leadership are infused throughout the course. You will apply what you have learned through analysis of real-life case studies.

Informatics for Health Care Leaders

Information management is vital to the functioning of health and public health organizations. This course equips you with the skills to guide ethical, evidence-based decision-making around current and emerging information technologies. It examines the use of healthcare technology in warehousing, communicating data, and safeguarding data and electronic health records. You will learn to leverage the power of informatics and your teams to positively impact health outcomes, improve organizational processes, and ensure all health information is protected. You will have the opportunity to work on a term-length project in which you analyze and identify solutions for an informatics problem impacting a healthcare organization.

Public Health: 15 Credits

Achieve your career goals with a concentration 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

General: 15 Credits

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

Cannabis Control: 15 Credits

The growing cannabis industry is going to impact all aspects of our current societal process. The regulation of cannabis spans from growing, transportation, public health, and city services to new businesses, financing, and supply chains that cross jurisdictional lines. The concentration in Cannabis Control will give you a solid foundation in compliance, risk assessment and cannabis as commerce. Completing all three of these courses will also get you a graduate certificate in Cannabis Control on your way to completing your Master’s Degree.

  • Policy and Compliance
  • Commerce
  • Risk Assessment
  • Communication Strategies for the Healthcare Leader
  • 3 credits in approved concentration courses

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

Kaneesha Roarke
MS in Health Sciences, 2019

“Excelsior was the right choice for me… the teachers had lots of resources. They were always willing to answer questions and to get you to where you needed to go. Excelsior changed my life by helping me achieve a higher degree than I ever imagined for myself.”

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.