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Master of Health Science Degree

Making a positive impact on the lives of others is important to people like you.  The continuously evolving field of healthcare offers a wide variety of career options with the opportunity for personal satisfaction, excellent job growth, and good salaries.

The design of our Master of Health Science degree serves the educational needs of both working healthcare professionals and of students who wish to move from their undergraduate programs into a graduate program before entering the workforce.  To meet the needs of working students, courses take place in the late afternoon, evenings, and online.

Credits and Time Required to Complete the Degree

To graduate with a Master of Health Science degree, students must complete a minimum of 36 credits (excluding internship credits).  A student who attends full-time fall, spring, and summer can finish the degree in two years.  Many students, however, maintain their current employment and enroll as part-time students, thereby extending the length of time required to earn the degree.

Emphasis Options

The Master of Health Science program allows you to choose the emphasis that best fits how you want to have an impact on public health.  Select from:

These emphases help students develop the broad knowledge and essential skills to excel in their chosen field.  Depending on the emphasis you choose, you will complete a total of 36-39 credits including 18 credits of required core courses and 18-21 credits in your area of concentration.  To supplement the required core and emphasis courses, you will choose 6-9 elective credits related to your area of interest.

You may choose electives from any approved Boise State graduate courses including workshops and special topics courses.  You also may choose electives from selected courses in Idaho State University’s Master of Public Health program.  Internships are sometimes available and may count as elective credit.

Research, Service, and Networking Opportunities

The Master of Health Science program works closely with the Center for Health Policy and the Center for the Study of Aging to give students access to community-based research and service opportunities.  You will have opportunities to volunteer to help with health-oriented events, allowing you to network with healthcare professionals from a wide variety of organizations.

Graduate Catalog

To review the courses required for each emphasis and to see course descriptions, please go to the Registrar’s Web site to access a PDF of the Graduate Catalog.  The Master of Health Sciences program resides in the Department of Community and Environmental Health.  In the Graduate Catalog, you will find the page number for Community and Environmental Health in the Graduate Degrees and Certificate Programs table near the front of the catalog or consult the index at the end of the catalog.