Master of Science in Health Science

Program Goals & Objectives

In our ever-changing, urban and global environment, the MSHS program is dedicated to preparing future leaders and educators in the health sciences to think critically and lead ethically, grounded in the Jesuit values and traditions. The program goals are related to the University’s mission to educate students to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately, and promote justice.

Program Goals

The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to be effective leaders in the fields of health education & promotion, healthcare systems, community health organizations, and other public health settings.

  1. The program will assist students with a variety of career goals and help our students meet the demands of complex and dynamic healthcare settings. In order to fulfill the responsibilities of the related careers, the goals of our program will promote the following in our graduates:
  2. Students will exhibit communication, education, and research skills to develop evidence-based programs to address unmet needs.
  3. Students will apply pedagogical & leadership skills in ever-changing healthcare environments.
  4. Students will foster an effective balance of social, cultural, legal, and ethical issues inherent to healthcare.
  5. Students will critically review health science literature & apply the principles of scientific inquiry to investigate current issues & trends in healthcare

Program Student Learning Objectives

To respond to critical needs in various healthcare settings, the MSHS program prepares graduates to apply leadership skills to meet the challenges facing the healthcare industry, to work collaboratively to care for the whole person, cura personalis, for and with the well- being of others.

Infusing the Jesuit values into this program, students will develop and use the skills necessary to positively impact health care and the healthcare industry and to promote excellence in teaching and learning. Students will develop and refine the skills necessary to prepare for a successful career in public and private healthcare organizations or to teach in health-related educational programs, and conduct research.

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Adopt lifelong learning practices and research to advance the knowledge & understanding of healthcare issues in organizations and society
  • Select and utilize appropriate, effective instructional methods to assist students/ clients to educate & promote health behaviors & practices
  • Evaluate organizational needs and apply the most effective interventions for problem-solving
  • Consider & recognize cultural differences toward health and illness in order to advocate and communicate with diverse individuals
  • Evaluate legal & ethical issues to promote effective changes in healthcare systems while valuing the uniqueness of self and others
  • Critically review existing research to develop an in-depth understanding of a topic.
  • Apply new understandings to current issues
  • Know and apply research methods in the pursuit of new knowledge