Master of Health Science (MHS)
Health Care Education
The mission of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Care Education is to prepare existing health care professionals to be effective teachers and leaders who are capable of serving diverse learners within health care organizations and allied health degree programs.
The Department of Allied Health offers a master's degree designed specifically for health care professionals interested in building their knowledge and skills in education as well as health care administration. The education emphasis of the degree is relevant to all health care professionals given their role in patient education, mentoring of students, and continuing education. A background in education is also valuable for career advancement into higher education, medical applications training, and community outreach for example. All courses are offered online to meet the needs of adult learners. Part-time and full-time scheduling options are available.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Administer allied health programs.
- Manage accreditation requirements for allied health education programs, including local, state and federal requirements.
- Demonstrate effective teaching skills.
- Employ assessment measures that ensure student learning.
- Demonstrate effective use of educational technology.
- Utilize action research for continuous improvement and problem-solving in the educational setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of diverse and special populations in health care and education.
- Identify legal and ethical issues in health care.
- Explain issues related to higher education, including but not limited to, general education, academic advising and promotion and tenure.
Under no circumstances will academic credit be awarded for life experiences.
Effective Fall 2016, students pursuing a graduate degree who have completed all degree requirements, and have enrolled in but not completed a capstone, practicum, or thesis, will be required to maintain continuous enrollment at Washburn University until graduation (unless a leave has been approved). Continuous enrollment means that candidates must be enrolled in at least one credit hour until degree requirements are met. If all other course work has been completed, students will be required to enroll in a one-credit-hour class AL 777 Continuous Enrollment each semester until the program is completed. Credit hours completed through the AL 777 Continuous Enrollment will not count toward the credit hours required for graduation and will be recorded as a credit on the transcript. This requirement also applies to the summer term for students whose degrees are being awarded at the end of the summer term. Interruption of continuous registration due to a failure to follow this requirement will result in a need for readmission to the program.
It is the policy of Washburn University and the Department of Allied Health to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation.
Candidates for admission to the Master of Health Science degree must have completed a bachelor’s degree and have at least two years of work experience in a health care profession. Professional experience includes, but is not limited to the following areas: health care administration, health information technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapist, physical therapy, radiology, and dentistry.
Candidates are expected to be familiar with Microsoft Office products and meet the technical expectations for online students as outlined at https://www.washburn.edu/its/online-education/tech-tips.html
- Complete the University Graduate Admissions application found at www.applyweb.com/washburn/index.ftl.
- The online application requires the creation of an account.
- Within the online application, select the "Degree Seeking" option when prompted.
- Within the online application, upload unofficial transcripts demonstrating completion of a bachelor’s degree. Official transcripts are required only after being admitted. Official transcripts may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via U.S. mail to: Admissions, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka KS 66621.
- Within the online application, upload a one-page educational goal statement addressing how the MHS program will support the candidate’s future academic and/or career goals.
- Within the online application, upload a resume demonstrating at least two (2) years of work experience in a health care profession.
- Pay the $40 application fee.
- Applicants for unconditional acceptance must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
- Applicants for conditional acceptance must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75-2.99 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
A maximum of 9 transfer credit hours may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the MHS Program Coordinator. Only relevant graduate coursework coming from a regionally accredited institution for which a grade of "B" or better was earned will be considered.
All MHS students are required to consult with the MHS Program Coordinator every semester to decide a course schedule for the coming semester. The student’s Washburn University email address will be the official mode of electronic communication used by the University and Program.
- Complete 36 hours of course work.
- Maintain no less than a “B” (3.0) grade point average in the MHS coursework.
- No more than two grades of “C” in the plan of study will count for credit. A student may re-take a course to meet this requirement, but a course may only be retaken one time.
- Students will be placed on probation whenever the MHS grade point average falls below 3.0 or two courses grades of “C” have been recorded.
- Unless the instructor of the course stipulates an earlier deadline, an Incomplete Grade (I) must be completed by the end of two consecutive semesters, which excludes the summer session; otherwise a grade of “F” will be recorded. An incomplete Grade (I) in the practicum course will remain as an incomplete until the practicum course is completed.
- At least three-fourths of the semester hours required for the degree must be earned at Washburn University.
- Maintain continuous enrollment each regular semester (fall and spring). A minimum of one (1) semester hour of graduate work constitutes continuous enrollment.
- Complete degree requirements within six (6) years.
|AL 600||Foundations Health Care Education||3|
|AL 601||Legal/Ethical Issues in Health Care||3|
|AL 602||Special Populations in Health Care||3|
|AL 603||Health Care Decision Making||3|
|AL 620||Research Methods Health Care Profession||3|
|AL 622||Educational Program Administration||3|
|AL 624||Assessment Health Care Education||3|
|AL 626||Instructional Technology||3|
|AL 720||Curriculum/Instructional Methods Health Care||3|
|AL 722||Advanced Trends in Health Care||3|
|AL 724||Health Care Education Internship||3|
|AL 726||Health Care Education Practicum||3|
AL 600 Foundations Health Care Education (3)
This course focuses on the history of healthcare education programs, educational theory and concepts, teaching and learning styles, and principles of adult education including characteristics, needs, and motivations of adult learners. Prerequisite: None.
AL 601 Legal/Ethical Issues in Health Care (3)
This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge concerning legal and ethical concepts that guide health care. The course will explore the application of ethics and the law in resolving ethical situations through case studies and articles. Prerequisite: None.
AL 602 Special Populations in Health Care (3)
This course includes a discussion and analysis of the impact of special populations on the health care delivery system. Major topics will include diverse ethnic populations, rural populations, migrant populations, minority populations and populations defined by diagnosis (e.g., diabetes, etc). This course is designed to acquaint the student with health care delivery implications of globalization in the context of cultural competence. Prerequisite: None.
AL 603 Health Care Decision Making (3)
Decision making is the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on reducing uncertainty and selecting a reasonable choice based on the values and preferences of the decision maker. Decision making theories, methods, and processes will be studied as well as the application of decision analysis and knowledge-based systems, including data mining, data warehouses, data marts, clinical data repositories, and data modeling. Prerequisite: None.
AL 620 Research Methods Health Care Profession (3)
This course is designed to provide the health care professional with a basic knowledge in quantitative statistical analysis and research design. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, basic non-parametric statistics, and provide an introduction to linear modeling. Students will be introduced to Excel and SPSS statistical software programs and application toward solving modern healthcare problems. Prerequisite: None.
AL 622 Educational Program Administration (3)
This course focuses on the fundamental elements of educational health care program planning, assessment, and troubleshooting by examining the activities of Program Directors and Clinical Coordinators. The impact of credentialing, accreditation, and licensure requirements is discussed along with issues related to higher education such as general education requirements, academic advising, grievance/appeal processes, and tenure and promotion. Prerequisite: None.
AL 624 Assessment Health Care Education (3)
This course examines the elements of effective learner assessment within health care education programs including the clinical setting. Fundamental principles of assessment are discussed as well as various authentic assessment methods. This course emphasizes practical application in which the learner will develop a learning module using various assessment strategies and analyze the effectiveness of each assessment. Prerequisite: None.
AL 626 Instructional Technology (3)
This course provides an overview of current instructional technologies which support active learning within health care education programs. The integration of technology in the traditional, blended and online environments is discussed as well as copyright and fair use laws as they relate to the utilization of technology in higher education. This course emphasizes practical application. Prerequisite: None.
AL 720 Curriculum/Instructional Methods Health Care (3)
This course focuses on understanding the process of developing health care related curriculum. Instructional design models, implementation planning, student assessment methods, analysis of effectiveness and continuous improvement are discussed. This course emphasizes practical application. Prerequisite: None.
AL 722 Advanced Trends in Health Care (3)
This course explores current trends and issues within the dynamic environment of health care. Learners discuss political, social, cultural and ethical issues and their influence on the health care delivery system. Prerequisite: None.
AL 724 Health Care Education Internship (3)
The course provides opportunities for observation and experience in presentation related to health care topics. Presentations may include departmental in-service, lecture class, laboratory class, professional society or to the general public such as a support group. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
AL 726 Health Care Education Practicum (3)
Development of an action research project which will address a relevant issue in health care education. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
AL 777 Continuous Enrollment (1-3)
This course is to allow students additional time to complete Capstone, Thesis or Practicum requirements. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission