School of Health Sciences

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Health Sciences

In order to keep pace with today's rapidly changing health care, social and community services environments, the School of Health Sciences at CSU is committed to educating health care professionals to assume leadership positions in direct client care as well as auxiliary administrative and management positions.  As such, the goal of the Master of Science in Health Sciences Program (MSHS) is to meet the educational needs of two groups of students:

  1. Licensed Health Care Providers seeking increased responsibility and leadership positions within their discipline for: academic and clinical teaching, clinical research, career development, clinical supervision and administration, and/or program planning, development and evaluation.   
  2. General Track Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences or a degree in a related area who are not licensed health care providers but seeking careers in health and human services settings providing auxiliary administrative and management services (e.g. medical labs, medical records, or continuing education).

Core Knowledge and Skills:  For each group of students, the goal of the MSHS Program is to prepare professionals to work effectively within the complexity of health and human services settings by gaining knowledge and skills in core areas including:  leadership, current issues in health care, culture and health, and research. 
Areas of Emphasis within HS:   Students complete coursework in areas such as program development and evaluation, evidence-based practice, or clinically-specific areas (e.g. gerontology, school-based practice, use of technology).
Elective coursework:  Elective coursework allows students to individualize their course of study based on their career objectives.
The entire MSHS Curriculum may be taken within an online format to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

For more information about this program, visit the Master of Science in Health Sciences website.

Master of Occupational Therapy

The CSU Occupational Therapy Program welcomes your interest in our academic program. If you are concerned with helping others achieve competence, meaning, and self-fulfillment in their daily lives, then our OT Program may be an excellent choice for you. We believe that the quality of our instruction and services for our students prepares them to be dedicated occupational therapists.

Graduates of the MOT Program will be prepared to work in both medical and community-based settings and to assume diverse roles including clinical practice, consultation, teaching, management, participation in research and advocacy activities. The ability to interact effectively on a variety of teams will be emphasized throughout coursework. The curriculum is designed using an adult learning model and integrates didactic, laboratory and clinical experiences through seven consecutive semesters.

Occupational therapy is a challenging, yet rewarding field. We hope you will consider applying for our Program and joining us in this noble profession.

For more information about this program, visit the Master of Occupational Therapy website.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an integral component of health care and a discipline that promotes health and well-being across the life span. The physical therapist is prepared to assist in the dynamic process of achieving optimal health as it relates to functional movement, through 1) restoration and maintenance of health following illness or injury, 2) promotion of wellness and prevention of illness or injury, and 3) attenuation of declines in health. Physical therapy care is maximized through consideration of the complexity of the individual’s overall health within the context of culture, social setting, psychological influences and economic constraints.

The CSU Physical Therapy Program curriculum is based on a liberal studies foundation. The completion of a baccalaureate degree provides students with the background to function effectively, ethically and humanely within a complex society. In addition, the undergraduate prerequisites assist the students in gaining foundational knowledge, as well as skill in critical thinking, complex problem solving and communication. The combination of the baccalaureate degree and the prerequisite courses successfully prepare entering students for the rigors of the professional curriculum. Professional entry-level education in physical therapy includes the acquisition of a unique body of knowledge and skills; the application, analysis and integration of theories and therapeutic principles; the use of evidence to support practice decisions; and, the demonstration of physical therapy professional values and behaviors.

For more information about this program, visit the Physical Therapy website.

Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology

The Master of Arts program in Speech Pathology and Audiology provides students with necessary academic and clinical experience to fulfill requirements for certification as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as licensure as a speech-language pathologist by the State of Ohio.

The School maintains student-training liaisons with many hospitals, clinics and schools in the Greater Cleveland area. The graduate academic program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA.

For more information about this program, visit the Master of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology website.

Other Courses of study

Ergonomics/Human Factors

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This is a collaborative program offered through the School of Health Sciences, Psychology, and Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. The 16 semester credit program enables individuals from health care and engineering backgrounds to examine the interaction between workers and the physical environment and make modifications to prevent injury or enhance performance. This program is designed to prepare students for the Certified Professional Ergonomist examination.

Culture, Communication and Health Care

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Health care providers are deeply concerned about the quality of interaction between care providers and clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. This 14-16 credit graduate certificate is designed to give practitioners the tools they need to be effective in such situations. Based on ethnographic methods used by social scientists, the certificate provides both theory and practice to enhance the quality of intercultural communications.

Bioethics for Health Care Professionals

The Bioethics Program developed by the Philosophy Department at CSU offers a course of study designed primarily for persons involved in health care practice, research, administration, or litigation where questions of bioethics arise on a daily basis. It will provide a grounding in the essentials of ethical theory and practice for nurses, physicians, dentists, social workers, researchers, attorneys, hospital and nursing home administrators, and other professionals involved in bioethical situations and decision making. For flexibility of scheduling, most on campus courses are now offered in two credit modules. Students can register for one or two modules, and attend class one or two evenings a week. Four credit courses in the certificate program are also being offered on the web.