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    Curriculum

    Saint Francis University’s online Master of Health Science (MHSc) 30-credit curriculum is designed to take a multidisciplinary approach, reaching working health care professionals from various backgrounds and experience levels. The structure of the program’s curriculum offers both required and elective courses to give students the opportunity to concentrate in areas they are most interested.

    It is recommended that all students start their curriculum by taking MHS 503, Research Methodology.

    For more information on each of the MHSc courses, please visit our University Catalog on our website http://www.francis.edu/Catalog.

    Core Curriculum – 18 credits

    *Students must complete all 18 credits within the core curriculum


    MHS 503 Research Methodology (3 credits)

    Typically the first course of the MHS curriculum, this course will teach students how to construct a quality research question, mine databases for research articles, interpret and assimilate research. This course also introduces students to the APA writing format required for the remainder of the MHSc program.


    MHS 505 Ethical Issues in Practice (2 credits)

    This course will present students with a structured approach to assessing and thinking through ethical dilemmas. Students will be challenged to identify their own ethical beliefs and recognize other ethical schools of thought.


    MHS 508 Health Care Systems Management (3 credits)

    This course is intended to give the student an overview of the organization, governance, and operation of the U.S. Healthcare system. Evaluation of the U.S. healthcare system will include operational management and marketing; legal and regulatory issues; and the role of information technology to promote an integrated healthcare system in the United States.


    MHS 513 Clinical Residency Project (4 credits)

    This is the master’s capstone project providing the opportunity for students to build a body of knowledge in a specific medical discipline through preparation and development of an evidence-based project. The project will require students to identify an unmet need related to the health and wellness of an identified community and develop a project or program that could improve health related outcomes within that community.


    MHS 515 Leadership (3 credits)

    Contemporary practice environments are characterized by rapid change requiring effective charismatic leaders to guide others through these changes. This course examines the dynamic nature of leadership within the context of healthcare and will require students to reflect on personal leadership characteristics, examine theories of leadership, and apply these theories to varied practice and community contexts. In the Franciscan tradition, humble service to others will be identified as a critical component of effective leadership.


    MHS 518 Strategies in Health Policy (3 credits)

    Healthcare in the United States is organized, modified, and implemented based on policy decisions. This course will teach students a method of critically analyzing various health policies and require students to identify the benefits and risks related to various policy mandates. Creative solutions will also be sought for today’s most interesting healthcare policy scenarios.


    Electives – 12 credits

    MHS 504 Issues in Clinical Practice (3 credits)

    This course will examine contemporary health care issues and practices. The content will change on a regular basis to reflect timely concerns. The content of the course will equip students to engage in dialogue with other providers and administrators related to current and evolving health care issues.


    MHS 506 Introduction to Pharmacology (3 credits)

    This course will provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of pharmacological science. Major classes of medications will be identified and include instruction on mode of action, indications for use, side effects, and administration. This course will serve as a prerequisite for MHS 507 for students without previous pharmacology background or experience.


    MHS 507 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)

    This course is designed to update the student on the latest approaches to pharmacotherapeutics as well as provide timely information on the pharmacological industry. Pharmacological management approaches to various disease processes will be addressed including prescriptive therapy based on current clinical guidelines.


    MHS 509 Communication for Health Care Professionals (3 credits)

    This course examines communication within the settings, roles, and issues relating to health care professionals. Through the examination of theoretical frameworks and communication techniques, emphasis will be placed on the roles of communication in health, health and risk behavior, health care, and health promotion including interpersonal, organizational, and media contexts.


    MHS 510 Practicum for Underserved (3 credits)

    This course provides the opportunity for an experiential or research experience focusing on underserved populations. Students will explore the health related disparities within these populations including the cultural, ethnic, psychosocial, and economic factors influencing them. Students will be required to apply knowledge and skills gained from other MHS coursework to address the needs of the underserved populations.


    MHS 516 Special Topics (3 credits)

    This course is intended to provide students with a general overview of traditional (Western) and non-traditional (Complementary and Alternative) health care/medical interventions and care service delivery. The course will focus on comparing and contrasting biomedicine to CAMs on numerous levels and examine the evidence supporting the use of CAMs.


    MHS 520 Diversity in Health Care (3 credits)

    With an understanding of the growing cultural diversity in the United States, this course focuses on preparing students in health professions to become culturally competent individuals. Students will understand the need for cultural competence within health care, will analyze their own cultural identity, will understand prevalent cultural groups and influences on medical interactions, and will develop communication skills necessary for interaction with minority populations in health care.


    MHS 522 Grant Basics: Writing Effective Proposals (3 credits)

    Grant or proposal writing is an important function for any leader. Preparing successful proposals to receive funding from corporations, foundations, or government entities requires careful research, thorough planning, and skilled writing. This graduate-level interdisciplinary course will introduce the grant-writing process and will detail the essential steps of developing the idea, locating funding sources, planning and prioritizing the project, and crafting the grant proposal. The course will culminate with the submission of a grant proposal and students may have their proposal “funded” or “declined”.


    MHS 523 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

    This course is intended to provide the student with an overview of the concepts and principles associated with the health promotion assessment of individuals and families throughout the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the major elements, sequence, and methodology of health promotion assessment in all age groups.


    MHS 524 Introduction to Public Health (3 credits)

    This graduate level course serves as an introduction to the public health system. The course will review the historical developments of public health and explore the role of public health and the government in addressing public health needs. Content will include a review of core public health domains and epidemiology as well as behavioral health and health services to prepare the student to effectively analyze contemporary public health issues and develop a public health campaign.

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