Master of Science in Health

Faculty Advisor: Daphne K. Fulton, Dr.P.H.

The Master of Science in Health is intended to enhance the health and improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through the provision of service and research in the areas of health education and health promotion. The program incorporates the principles, practices, and development of a working philosophy of Health Education to prepare students for employment in six broad areas:

  • community health
  • health promotion
  • health education
  • medical or clinical health
  • school health
  • worksite health promotion

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate program in health must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) from the baccalaureate degree granting institution.
  3. Bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Health Education or at least 18 hours of field related coursework.
  4. Overall GPA of 2.8 and major GPA 3.0.
  5. Two letters of recommendation:
    1. ​Must be from academic instructor if attended school within the last five years who can strongly attest to the applicant's academic ability.
    2. If applicant has not attended school in the last five years: Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity, and who can strongly attest to the applicant's work ethic.
  6. Statement of interest/intent.  
  7. Writing samples:
    1. Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at Sam Houston State University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments.
    2. Please provide a 500 word description of one key issue in health promotion and discuss possible solutions.
  8. ​On-campus, video, or phone interview with a member of the MS in Health admissions committee for selected competitive applicants meeting all admissions criteria.
Master of Science in Health (Thesis Option)
Core Coursework
HLTH 5331Foundation of Community Hlth3
HLTH 5332Human Ecology3
HLTH 5361Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HLTH 5374Research Seminar3
HLTH 5375Statistical Design in Health3
Internship
HLTH 6396Health Prog Planning/Internshp3
HLTH 6397Internship3
Thesis
HLTH 6098Thesis I3
HLTH 6099Thesis II3
Electives
Select one of the following 5000-6000 level Health:3
Colloq in Human Sexuality
Colloq in Use & Abuse of Drugs
Colloq in Consumer Hlth Edu
Comm Theory Prac Health Prof
Management and Leadership for Health Professionals
Aging and Health Promotion
Independent Studies
Total Hours30

This program requires a formal presentation to the SHSU faculty, staff, and students concerning the student's internship and project on which he or she worked.  Students must be enrolled during the semester in which the formal presentation is presented.

Master of Science in Health (Non-thesis Option)
Core Coursework
HLTH 5331Foundation of Community Hlth3
HLTH 5332Human Ecology3
HLTH 5360Comm Theory Prac Health Prof3
HLTH 5361Theoretical Foundations of Health Promotion3
HLTH 5374Research Seminar3
HLTH 5375Statistical Design in Health3
Internship
HLTH 6396Health Prog Planning/Internshp3
HLTH 6397Internship3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Colloq in Human Sexuality
Colloq in Use & Abuse of Drugs
Colloq in Consumer Hlth Edu
Management and Leadership for Health Professionals
Aging and Health Promotion
Independent Studies
Select three Graduate-level Courses (any field) 19
Total Hours36

Note: All courses require Graduate Standing in the Program.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The MS in Health is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  •  Identify underserved populations, health disparities, and determine solutions for their problems.
  •  Create, develop, implement, and evaluate theory-based health education/promotion programs.
  •  Plan, conduct, and evaluate health-related behavioral research.
  •  Develop interpersonal, community, and public health messages for individuals with low health literacy.
  •  Conduct community health needs assessment and a plan to address those needs.
  •  Establish and maintain community partnerships in the medical, educational, and business settings.
  •  Develop job-seeking skills that have been identified by professionals in the field.
  •   Employ fair and equitable management skills to all employees.