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Message from the Director

Sarah Toevs, Director Master of Health Science Program

Dr. Sarah Toevs, Director Master of Health Science Program

Welcome to the Boise State University Master of Health Science (MHS) Web site. Whether you are a current MHS student or someone interested in enrolling in the program, we believe you will find a wealth of useful information on our site. We are very proud of our mission, faculty, and students as well as our program’s curricular offerings and extracurricular opportunities. If you are a current MHS or a future MHS student, we hope you will be similarly pleased and that participation in the program will facilitate your advancement in the health science, health services, and public health arenas.

In brief, the MHS program is intended to prepare professionals to make substantive contributions to the health of individuals, communities, and the environment. For example, students in the program will have the opportunity to explore and apply the perspectives of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and Health in All Policy (HiAP) in discussions related to both individual and population health challenges. The program works closely with the Center for Health Policy and Center for the Study of Aging to provide students with access to community-based research and service opportunities.

The MHS program is deliberately structured to help facilitate the career success of professionals who are currently working in health agencies, health care institutions, and in private practice.  The program also has a great deal to offer to students who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees and wish to further prepare themselves before entering the workforce. Students in the degree program receive an excellent background on important health issues and essential skills through the completion of the core courses.  They then complete a specialization in one of three emphasis areas. Coursework and training in these emphasis areas allow students to develop a sound, focused understanding and strong skill set that will help them excel in addressing specific types of public health concerns. The emphasis areas include:

  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Leadership.

In addition to completing all required core and emphasis area coursework, students may choose to complete elective coursework or a master’s thesis or project.

The program also offers graduate certificates in:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Health Services Leadership.

The MHS program is by design diverse and interdisciplinary in order to address health issues across a variety of domains. The faculty who teach courses in our program represent numerous academic disciplines including biology, communication, economics, education, engineering, gerontology, nursing, psychology, public administration, public affairs, public health, and sociology. We consider ourselves fortunate to have an outstanding advisory board, with representation from state and local agencies and organizations including hospitals, health clinics,consulting and research firms, and the state legislature. The diverse, interdisciplinary nature of our program not only offers our students a broadly engaging curriculum but also research opportunities in many different areas of health.

We encourage you to explore this site further to learn more about our program and the opportunities it offers. You will find information about where an MHS degree might take you, about the education and background required for admission to the MHS program, and about how to apply to the MHS program. Please contact us to find out more about the MHS program and what it offers.

To make an appointment with Dr. Sarah Toevs, director of the MHS program, go to: