School of Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Sciences

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the MSHS Program at CSU.

The M.S. in Health Sciences is a post-professional degree designed to prepare individuals for emerging leadership roles in the rapidly changing health care environment and to enhance opportunities for advancement in clinical, educational and administrative areas. Emphasis is on independent, self-directed learning and the development of diverse roles.

This program is intended for practicing health care professionals or those with an undergraduate degree in a health-related area (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences) with plans to pursue a career working in health and human services settings. Courses are primarily offered online or in the evenings to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

To view the MSHS Curriculum visit this link: MSHS Program Curriculum.

The MSHS also may be combined with one of CSU's Graduate Certificate programs as a way to gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area (e.g. Advanced Study in Bioethics; Culture, Communication, and Health Care; Gerontological Studies, Health Care Administration and Occupational and Physical Therapy in the Schools). To learn more about CSU’s Graduate Certificate Programs, visit this link Graduate Certificates.

For advising questions, please visit MSHS Advising. For information on how to apply, visit MSHS Application Process.

Faculty teaching in the MSHS Program represent a variety of health care disciplines and basic sciences including: medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, psychology, medical anthropology, public health, neuroscience and anatomy. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you meet your career objectives.

Jodi DeMarco, DHSc, CHES-Director, Master of Science in Health Sciences

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Admission Information

An applicant must hold a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution and be a licensed healthcare professional or have a degree related to health sciences with plans to work in a healthcare setting.

Applicants to the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) must meet the minimum requirements established by the College of Graduate Studies and the MSHS Program:

  1. A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75. Applicants must also submit official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
  2. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other equivalent standardized test for graduate admissions (DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and PCAT) taken within the past five years must be provided. The standardized test requirement may be waived for students who have: previous relevant graduate degrees; relevant post graduate certificates/licensure, or professional experience or; who have been accepted into the PA program at Tri-C.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your work and can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. These may be from previous instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues who are familiar with your recent activities.
  4. Non-native English speakers who do not have an earned bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency as indicated in the International Student Admission section of this catalog.

Degree Completion Requirements

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.



  • HSC 501 - Issues in Health Science
  • HSC 502 - Leadership Roles in Health Sciences
  • HSC 503 - Research & Analysis
  • HSC 504 - Seminar in Health Sciences Professions
  • HSC 505 - Culture & Health Care

HSC 503 - Research & Analysis must be taken prior to HSC 504 - Seminar in Health Sciences Professions.



  • HSC 510 - Principles of Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences
  • HSC 513 - Outcomes Assessment
  • HSC 523 - Educational Evaluations in Health Sciences
  • HSC 533 - Program Development & Evaluation


  • HSC 512 - Evolving Technologies in Health Care
  • HSC 514 - Occupational and Physical Therapy in the Schools
  • HSC 520 - Physiology for the Clinical Sciences
  • HSC 522 - Fundamentals of Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • HSC 526 - Functional Performance of Older Adults
  • HSC 531 - Principles of Management for Health Sciences
  • HSC 541 - Environmental Health
  • HSC 543 - Legal and Policy Issues in Health Sciences
  • HSC 544 - Social Issues in Health Care
  • HSC 548 - Palliative Care
  • HSC 550 Physiology Lab

  • HSC 570 - Special Topics
  • HSC 575 - Human Gross Anatomy
  • HSC 577 - Neuroscience Systems
  • HSC 581 - Pathology
  • HSC 588 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • HSC 690 - Independent Study

Students select three additional courses from HSC and/or from other departments. Students are encouraged to discuss their selection with the MSHS Director or a Program advisor in order to develop a concentration of courses that meets their professional and educational goals. Up to nine credits of graduate courses from an accredited institution may be transferred as electives, with approval from the MSHS Director and the College of Graduate Studies. Students may also complete a related graduate certificate to satisfy the elective requirement.


Graduate Certificate Programs are offered through the MSHS Program and by other departments at Cleveland State University. Detailed information about these programs can be found elsewhere in this Catalog; please refer to the index. In addition, certificate programs may be added at any time. Check the MSHS Web site for updates (


Every student must complete a significant,original research project by completing one of the following courses:

HSC 691 - Thesis
HSC 692 - Masters Project

The Master's Project is the more common method of completion of the MSHS degree.  It requires a committee of two faculty--a primary advisor and one reader. 

HSC 692 - Masters Project
 is offered as a 3 credit courses each Spring semester.  However, students who need more time to complete their project can register for additional semesters of HSC 692.

The Thesis is usually completed by students who have plans to pursue doctoral studies.  It requires a committee of three faculty--an advisor and two readers.  It customarily takes two to three semesters beyond all course work to coplete the Thesis.  It is strongly preferred that students participate in some aspect of their advisor's research to complete the Thesis.


HSC 503 - Research & Analysis
 must be taken prior to 
HSC 504 - Seminar in Health Sciences Professions
 which directly prepares students for the Capstone Experience.  For that reason, it is recommended that HSC 504 be taken later in the curiculum, just prior to beginnning the Thesis or Master's Project.