School of Health Sciences

Curricular Overview

The MSHS curriculum is designed to complement the missions of the Cleveland State University (CSU), College of Sciences and Health Professions, and Graduate College education and practice guidelines. The curriculum consists of five core courses (15 credits), 9 credits in the area of emphasis, 9 credits of elective courses, and an individual research or capstone project. A minimum of 36 hours of study is required.

I. Core Courses (15 credits):

Required of all students:

HSC 501: Issues in Health Sciences (3 cr) 
HSC 502: Leadership Roles in Health Sciences (3 cr) 
HSC 503: Research and Analysis in Health Sciences (3 cr)* 
HSC 504: Seminar in Health Sciences Professions (3 cr)** 
HSC 505: Culture and Health Care (3 cr)

*This course should be completed toward the beginning of the program. 
**This course should be completed toward the end of the program.

II. Area of Emphasis (9 credits): 
a. Students select one of the following:

HSC 510: Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr) 
HSC 513: Outcomes Assessment (3 cr) 
* HSC 523 Educational Evaluation in Health Sciences (3 cr)
HSC 533: Program Development and Assessment (3 cr)

b. Students select two additional HSC courses that reflect their professional goals:
Other courses offered courses include:

HSC 507: Basic Pharmacotherapeutics (2-3 cr.) 
HSC 512: Evolving Technologies in Health Care (3 cr.) 
HSC 514: Occupational/Physical Therapy in the Schools (3 cr.) 
* HSC 524: Functional Anatomy (3 cr.) 
HSC 531: Principles of Management for Health Sciences (3 cr.) 
* HSC 532: Advocacy and Environmental Change (3 cr.) 
HSC 570: Special Topics: Orthotic Interventions for Adults and Children (2 cr.) 
HSC 570: Special Topics: Poverty and Health (3 cr.) 
HSC 575: Human Gross Anatomy (6 cr.)

III. Electives (9 credits):

Students may select from course offerings in Health Sciences or elsewhere on campus to meet professional needs (these suggested offerings are not intended to be exhaustive):

HSC 520: Physiology for the Clinical Sciences (4 cr)
* HSC 525: Clinical Application of Current Theories of Motor Development (3 cr)
HSC 526: Functional Performance of Older Adults (3 cr) 
HSC 541: Environmental Health (3 cr) 
HSC 543: Legal and Policy Issues in Health Sciences (3 cr) 
* HSC 544: Social Issues and Health Care (3 cr) 
* HSC 545: Work Physiology (3 cr) 
* HSC 547: Assistive Technology for Computer Access (3 cr)
HSC 570: Special Topics in Health Sciences (3 cr)

  1. Americans with Disabilities Act
  2. Disabilities Laws in Schools
  3. Orthotic Interventions with the Neurologically Impaired Adult and Child

HSC 575: Human Anatomy (4 cr)
HSC 557: Human Anatomy Lab (2 cr)
HSC 581: Pathology (4 cr)
HSC 690: Independent Study (3 cr)

(* - Denotes courses listed in the catalogue and program but not frequently offered. Not sure about elective courses from other departments that are not offered.)

EDE 608: Psychology of Leaning and Instruction (3 cr)

ESE 503: Introduction to Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (4 cr) 
ESE 519: Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction for Persons with Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (4 cr)

HED 550: Theories in Health Education and Health Behavior (4 cr) 
HED 551: Organization and Administration of Community Health Programs (4 cr) 
HED 561: Methods and Materials for Health Education (3 cr) 
HED 565: Theories in Health Education and Health Behavior (3 cr) 
HED 570: Pathophysiology of Disease (4 cr)

HCA 510: Administrative Uses of Epidemiology (3 cr) 
HCA 515: Medical Care Organization (3 cr) 
HCA 615: Improving the Quality of Health Care and Health Care Systems (3 cr)

IME 505: Ergonomics (3 cr)

PED 677: Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Disease (3 cr) 
PHL 540: Moral Reasoning and Bioethics (4 cr) 
PHL 541: Clinical Issues in Bioethics (4 cr)

PSY 567: Special Topics: The Psychology of Performance (4 cr) 
PSY 651: Clinical Psychopharmacology (4 cr)

SWK 695: Health Care: Planning and Policy Issues (3 cr)

SOC 523: Medical Sociology (4 cr)

IV. Capstone Experience (3-6 credits):

Either a thesis or non-thesis option, but every student must complete a significant, original research project:

HSC 691: Thesis (3-6 credits) 
HSC 692: Masters Project (3-6 credits)

Students work with a faculty committee to complete this experience. As soon as the student identifies a topic and an advisor for his/her project or thesis, the Capstone Project Initiation Form (Appendix A) or the Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Approval Form (Appendix B) must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator. The Thesis Form can be obtained from the Graduate College, or it is available on-line from the Graduate College website, The Project Initiation Form is available from the Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator. Students must complete these forms and obtain the required signatures prior to registering for project or thesis credits (HSC 691 or HSC 692).

Once the student begins to register for thesis or project credits, he/she must remain registered EVERY semester (except summer, unless he/she plans to finish in the summer, in which case they must also register in the summer). If a student does not plan to finish in a single semester, he/she should register for a single credit at a time. The student should work closely with his/her advisor. The advisor should keep committee members informed, and should assist the student in knowing when to consult with committee members. An oral defense should be scheduled when the project/thesis has been written and is close to being finished. After the student defends, there should be only minor changes left to make. The policies and procedures for completion of a thesis are found in the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guidelines manual, which is available from the Graduate Studies College Office (Fenn Tower, Room 1111; 216-687-9370) and online at The Policies and Procedures for capstone projects can be found in Appendix C.

Any research involving human subjects must receive Institutional Review Board Approval (216-687-3630) prior to initiation. Students need to complete the required IRB application (see Appendix D or Any research involving animals must receive approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee prior to initiation. Students need to complete the required IACUC application (Appendix E or


Students who have completed all course work and who do not have the required signatures on the Capstone Project Initiation Form or the Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Approval Form should register for Independent Study Credits (HSC 690), up to a maximum of two credits, until the required documentation is completed.

Students wishing to discontinue a capstone project/thesis after receiving one or more T grades for previous registrations may request that W grades replace T grades by petitioning the Graduate College Petitions Committee. Petition forms are available from the Health Sciences Graduate Coordinator, the Graduate Studies College Office, or on-line

Students who decide to switch from the thesis option to the capstone project or vice versa, are not permitted to retroactively change their registration in previous thesis or project course work.


Acceptance of the thesis requires that the signature of the advisor and at least two other Graduate Faculty members appear on the document. At a minimum, the thesis and two copies (at least one copy to be of professional quality - see page 5 of the Thesis and Dissertation Format Guidelines) must be submitted to the Advisor for approval not less than one week prior to the end of the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Once approved, the advisor and the Department Chairperson will complete the Notice of Completion (NOC) for Master's Degree Requirements form. Students will then deliver the unbound copies of the thesis, along with a copy of the NOC form and cashier receipt for the binding fee, to Periodicals in the University Library for binding and retention in the Archives and Circulation departments. The library will keep the two copies (the university pays for the binding fees for the two Library copies) and one copy of the bound thesis is to be submitted to the School of Health Sciences for retention.

At a minimum, a final, revised, error-free copy of the thesis will be submitted to the advisor and committee members. As a courtesy, the student should also consider giving a bound copy of his/her thesis to the advisor and committee members.


Acceptance of the project requires the signature of the advisor and at least one other project committee member.

A final, revised, error-free copy of the project will be submitted to the department for our records, and to the advisor and reader, as a courtesy.