School of Health Sciences

MSHS Program Curriculum and Degree Completion Requirements

The Microsoft Office document icon 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 four core courses (12 credits), 9 credits in the area of emphasis, 12 credits of elective courses, and an individual research or capstone project (3 credits). A minimum of 36 hours of study is required.

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.

I. Core Courses (12 credits):

Required of all students:

HSC 501: Issues in Health Sciences (3 cr) 
HSC 502: Leadership Roles 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 end of the program and must be taken prior to HSC 692.

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

HSC 510: Principles of Evidence-Based Practice (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 (but are not limited to):

HSC 512: Evolving Technologies in Health Care (3 cr.) 
HSC 514: Occupational/Physical Therapy in the Schools (3 cr.) 
HSC 520: Physiology for the Clinical Sciences
HSC 526: Functional Performance of Older Adults
HSC 531: Principles of Management for Health Sciences (3 cr.) 
HSC 541: Environmental Health
HSC 542: Health Disparities
HSC 544: Social Issues in Health
HSC 546: Women’s Health
HSC 548: Palliative Care
HSC 571: LGBT Health Disparities
HSC 588: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
HSC 575: Human Gross Anatomy (6 cr.)
HSC 577: Neuroscience Anatomy
HSC 581: Pathology

III. Electives (12 credits):

Students may select from course offerings in Health Sciences or elsewhere on campus to meet professional needs. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to identify electives and potential certificates to develop their area of interest or concentration. Students often choose courses from the following programs, though this is not an exclusive list.

Adult Learning and Development (ALD)
Community Health Promotion (HED)
Health Care Administration (HCA)
Philosophy (PHL)
Psychology (PSY)
Sociology (SOC)

IV. Capstone Experience (3 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)