M.H.S., Master of Health Science in Health Care Services
The Master of Health Science Program in Health Care Services (HCS) is an interdisciplinary program sponsored jointly by Washington University's School of Medicine, Department of Psychology and University College. This 30-credit-unit graduate degree program aims to produce professionals competent in the development and evaluation of health care services, across a variety of settings.
The HCS program focuses on the importance of coordinated care services focusing on nonacute and preventive care delivered to diverse individuals and communities. The program addresses all recommendations of the PEW Commission: Practitioner Competencies for the Year 2005.
The Master of Health Science degree can be pursued on a part-time basis with most courses held during the evening hours to accommodate working professionals. Students may select electives from various departments and divisions of the University (education, health administration, human resources management, psychology, social work, etc.).
Based on their studies as well as previous experience, students might pursue a variety of career opportunities:
•Director of Continuous Quality Improvement
•Director of Managed Care
•Program Development Managers
•Program Coordinator of Clinical Services
•Management in various health care organizations
•Management of research in government or university settings
•Faculty in professional programs
•Health educator in a variety of settings (community, worksite, schools)
You must fill out and submit a printable Application for Graduate Admission form.
•a $35 non-refundable application fee
•Official transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate work and degrees granted); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form)
•Three letters of reference. Academic references are strongly encouraged.
•other material that either the student or the Program Committee may consider relevant
Admission Time Line
University College and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences review completed applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks, and so we urge applicants to submit their materials by the following schedule in order to ensure a timely decision: mid-November for spring; mid-April for summer; mid-July for fall. If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. It is suggested that applicants begin by completing their FAFSA at the time of application. For additional information about Financial Aid and step-by-step Financial Aid application instructions, click here. Qualified students may take up to six units on a non-degree basis. To do so, fill out and submit this Graduate Unclassified Study Program Application form. For more information, contact Irene Fischer at (314) 286-1916, or E-mail IFischer@im.wustl.edu.
The Health Care Services program leads to the Master of Health Science degree, awarded by University College, the evening division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Washington University. Students are required to complete 30 units of graduate-level course work (400-level and above) at Washington University with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. All core courses of the Health Care Services program must be completed at Washington University.
An interdisciplinary program sponsored jointly by Washington University's School of Medicine, Department of Psychology and University College the continuing education division of Arts & Sciences.
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