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The Department of Health Sciences offers a Master of Science with specializations in:
The department also offers several certification programs:
Please visit the Health Sciences website for more information.
Requirements for MatriculationStudents seeking admission to the Master of Science program must demonstrate aptitude and promise of successful advanced work in the area of community health, health administration, or school health education, and by meeting the following criteria:
Course RequirementsAll students seeking a Master of Science degree from the Department of Health Sciences must complete a core of required courses, as well as the sequence of restricted electives and specialized major courses in their selected specializations (Community Health Education, Health Administration or School Health Education). In addition, elective courses may be taken in the student’s area of interest.Field ExperiencesA supervised, field training experience is an integral part of the Master of Science specializations in Community Health Education and Health Administration.The experience, which is designed to suit the individual needs of the student, offers an opportunity to apply, in an actual work situation, the principles, techniques, and procedures learned in the classroom. The field training experience is initiated once all course work has been completed.The field training requirement may be waived for students who have a minimum of two years of professional experience in a health setting as an educator for the Community Health Education specialization or as an administrator for the Health Administration specialization.Students are typically placed in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, or other community settings to complete their field training requirements.Master’s Thesis/ProjectA culminating activity for all students in the graduate program is the preparation of a master’s thesis or project. In order to complete this requirement a student may conduct original research, an in-depth policy analysis or design a project that addresses an important health issue. After the successful completion of thirty graduate credits, students may obtain the approval of their graduate advisor and initiate work on the thesis or project. Guidelines for the master’s degree thesis/project are available from the Department of Health Sciences upon request.Online CoursesA substantial number of health sciences courses are available online. Many students who are able to work with minimal supervision choose this option. Thirty-six credits in the Community Health and School Health Education specializations can be taken online.Transfer of CreditsStudents may transfer a maximum of nine credits towards the fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science. Only courses completed for graduate credit, with a grade of “B” or better, at an accredited college or university, will be accepted.Professional DevelopmentCourses in the Community Health Education, School Health Education and Health Administration specializations are approved under the guidelines of a teacher’s Professional Improvement Plan (as this relates to the requirement that all New Jersey public school teachers achieve one hundred hours of professional development training).
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES - COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATIONThe goal of this specialization, leading to a Master of Science in Health Sciences, is to prepare students for careers related to health promotion and education. More specifically, the program prepares students to fulfill leadership roles in planning, management and evaluation of community health programs. Graduates may pursue job placements in a variety of settings including hospitals, managed care organizations, health departments, health insurance companies, health centers, senior citizens’ agencies, substance abuse agencies and others. Students are able to continue their present employment while completing the 36-42 credit program.PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36-42 CREDITS)Core Courses (18 credits)
In addition to the 36 credits, a supervised field placement of 8-12 weeks (6 credits) is required for students who have less than two years of acceptable professional experience in the health field. Written verification of professional experience is the responsibility of the student.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES - HEALTH ADMINISTRATIONThe primary aim of the Health Administration specialization is to prepare the graduate students with knowledge and experience for professional careers in the administration of a health care program, agency or facility. Upon completion of the program, graduate students are prepared for management positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, prepaid group practices, health centers, health planning agencies and federal, state, and voluntary health organizations and agencies. The 39-45 credit hour program can be completed on a part-time basis, enabling individuals to maintain their present employment status.
Program Requirements (39-45 credits)Core Courses (24 credits)
In addition to the 39 credits, a supervised field placement of 8-12 weeks (6 credits) is required for students who have less than two years of acceptable professional experience in the health field. Written verification of professional experience is the responsibility of the student.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCES-SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATIONThe School Health Education specialization provides advanced preparation for those interested in health education in a school system. Students in this program take courses in educational theory and methods, as well as courses focused upon particular issues related to children and teenagers, such as drug abuse and family life education. The 36-credit program can be completed on a part-time basis, enabling individuals to maintain their present employment status. Program Requirements (39 credits)Core Courses (15 credits)
DRIVER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION NEW JERSEY CERTIFICATION OF DRIVER EDUCATION (CLASSROOM AND BEHIND THE WHEEL) (3 CREDITS) Admission to this certification program requires a valid driver's license from any state or a learner's permit from the State of New Jersey. Note: Graduate credit may be attained for 500-level courses by students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.Select one of the following courses
NEW YORK (PROVISIONAL-ONE YEAR) CERTIFICATION OF DRIVER EDUCATION (CLASSROOM AND BEHIND THE WHEEL) (6 CREDITS)Admission to this certification program requires a valid driver's license from any state or a learner's permit from the State of New Jersey. Note: Graduate credit may be attained for 500-level courses by students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
NEW YORK (PERMANENT) CERTIFICATION OF DRIVER EDUCATION (CLASSROOM AND BEHIND THE WHEEL) (12 CREDITS)Admission to this certification program requires a valid driver's license from any state or a learner's permit from the State of New Jersey. Note: Graduate credit may be attained for 500-level courses by students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SCHOOL NURSINGCompletion of this program, approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education meets the requirements for the Educational Services Certificate Endorsement as a Certified School Nurse. This endorsement authorizes the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas related to health in public schools in grades preschool through 12. (NJDED Administrative Code title 6A: Chapter 9-13.3)Students must hold current New Jersey license as a Registered Nurse, and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. To be considered for admission into this program, a student must have an Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and a minimum of 3 years work experience in nursing. Additionally, an interview with the Program Coordinator is required.
Please visit the department website for further information about the program.Certificate Program Requirements (30 credits)
Continuing for a Master’s DegreeAdditionally, upon completion of this certificate program, students may wish to continue with the following remaining 12 credits to receive a Master of Science Degree with a specialization in School Health Education.
Total credits for an M.S. degree with School Nurse Certification**A maximum of 9 graduate credits may be transferred in from other universities, but only upon matriculation into a degree program.
Professional Studies Building, Rm. 219201-200-3431201-200-3284 (Fax)
Dr. Lilliam Rosado, Chairperson, ProfessorDr. Gail Gordon, Coordinator, ProfessorLorraine Chewey, Assistant Professor, Coordinator, Graduate School Nurse Certificate ProgramDr. Philip Congilose, Coordinator, Drivers Education Certification Program