Health Science Graduate Programs and Graduate Schools

Health Science Graduate Programs offer students the opportunity to prepare for a wide variety of careers in healthcare. The health sciences refer to applied sciences that utilize science, technology, engineering or mathematics across the disciplines of health, wellness and medicine. If you have a strong interest in science, and are considering a non-medical career, a health science degree is worth considering.

Health Science Graduate Programs: Basics

Health Science Graduate programs are offered as graduate certificates, masters and doctorate health science degrees. Some programs are oriented towards health and wellness (E.g. nursing or health education), while others focus on leadership and policy (E.g. health administration, human services). Ultimately, whether you are a future health practitioner, manager or researcher, the broad field of health sciences provides many possible directions.

DID YOU KNOW? Are you interested in coordinating medical and health services in a clinic or public health agency? 12% of Medical and Health Services Managers have a Master’s degree. [i]

What Does It Mean to Study Health Science?

While Health Science Graduate programs vary, a health science major is often someone who is working in the healthcare industry but wants to take on a more supervisory role and needs to learn leadership skills, health policy or initiate a health campaign. However, upward mobility is often sought in other health-related careers such as nursing where a graduate degree is required for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses[ii]. Coursework in health sciences is tied to the type and level of graduate program, and is often interdisciplinary.

Some of the possible course topics health science majors might learn could include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Human anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics, statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Patient care
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational health
  • Bioethics
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Health services management
  • Health law and ethics
  • Health economics
  • Health information management
  • Immunology

Health Science Graduate Degrees

Health Science Graduate Degrees may be offered by different faculties at both the Masters and Doctorate levels. For instance, a glance at some of our sponsored program listings could include MSN – Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Communication – Health Communication. Some programs require you to have a Bachelors in Health Sciences, others may have different prerequisites for your undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Bachelors in Health Informatics.

Requirements for Master of Health Science

The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree often requires about 2 years of full time study after your undergraduate degree. Typically, this degree is considered an option for students who are interested in health management or communication, or are interested in topics such as biostatistics, health law, or health and wellness promotion. As a specialized Master’s degree, the MHS may be either academic (platform for doctorate) or professional (for public health professionals; the MHS is also an alternative to the Master of Public Health (MPH).[iii]

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHS) degree is an advanced graduate degree that might be of interest to future healthcare administrators, educators, clinicians, health care scholars or researchers.

Campus or Online Health Science Degree?

Health Science Graduate Degrees are offered in different formats – campus, online and hybrid. Campus programs are great ways to learn amongst your peers in real time and give you a chance to widen your networks, participate is university activities and make use of the facilities and services. Online programs make use of the Internet, chat rooms, emails and virtual classrooms so that busy working professionals have a convenient and more self-paced learning format. Hybrid programs are a combination of these formats; flexible study through distance-learning plus low residency intensives on site to pick up the topics that do not translate well into online learning. Whatever your preference, refine your search with the format in mind.


Accreditation is awarded to institutions and programs from outside agencies who measure quality and standards. These agencies vary in that they can be program-specific, regional or national. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation can be good resources as they do recognize various regional accrediting organizations.

Take the Next Step

Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggests that healthcare occupations are growing at a much faster rate than other areas; a 19% growth in employment is projected from 2014 to 2024[iv]. Whether you aspire to make a contribution to healthcare through clinical research or public health preparedness and policy, a Health Science Graduate Degree may open the door to a variety of potential career paths in healthcare. Take a look through the sponsored listings; each graduate school has unique programs and features. Make sure to request more information so that you can stay on top of admissions deadlines.

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Whether you want to expand your knowledge, teach at the collegiate level, or garner the career benefits of additional credentials, this program can help position you for success.
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