The expectation of the MHS program is that students applying for admission have a background of exposure to health issues, usually demonstrated through substantial undergraduate coursework in health science or a closely related discipline. These closely related disciplines include public health, biology, nursing, education, psychology, and other areas broadly related to health. Students without a demonstrated background in health issues are certainly welcome to speak to the program director or other MHS faculty, as it is understood that people have changes in career interests. However, applicants with a history of coursework or occupational experience that is health-related will receive priority in admissions decisions. Applicants selecting the health policy emphasis area must be approved by both the MHS and MPA Program Directors. These conditions are necessary for admission to the program but do not guarantee admission.
One exception to the general expectation of students having a health-related background applies to students wishing to complete a MHS degree with an emphasis in the Environmental Health emphasis track. Students wishing to complete this emphasis track should have a strong, demonstrated background in physical science, usually evidenced by an undergraduate degree in environmental health, biology, or chemistry, and/or substantial physical science occupational experience.
Potential applicants who are not certain whether they have the required background for admission should contact the MHS Program Director, Dr. Tedd McDonald. To arrange an appointment with Dr. McDonald, contact Angela Garcia at 208-426-3929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.