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Graduate Degree Program - Health Sciences

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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 Matriculation
    Students 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:

    1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in Health Sciences (or its equivalent). Students not meeting this requirement may be required to take courses at the undergraduate level in Health Sciences.
    2. A minimum of six semester hours in the natural sciences and nine semester hours in the behavioral sciences must be completed at the undergraduate level. Students not meeting this requirement may be required to take undergraduate courses in the natural and/or behavioral sciences.
    3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above for all undergraduate work. Students not meeting this requirement may be admitted conditionally.
    4. Satisfactory completion of the verbal and quantitative aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test.
    5. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon the successful completion of twelve credits of graduate Health Sciences courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) or above.
    6. Students must submit a short resume, including work and educational experience.
    7. An essay of 250-500 words must be submitted outlining the student’s professional goals and objectives, including reasons for pursuing a Master of Science degree.
    8. Students must submit the names of two references, preferably faculty members or employers, who would be willing to complete the Health Sciences Graduate Admissions Recommendation Form.
    9. A personal interview with the chairperson and/or the graduate coordinator is required. During the interview the applicant will be given an in-person written assignment.
       

    Course Requirements
    All 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 Experiences
    A 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/Project
    A 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 Courses
    A 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 Credits
    Students 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 Development
    Courses 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 EDUCATION
    The 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)

    Code Title
    Credits
     HLTH 605 Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety
    3
     HLTH 614 Advanced Epidemiology
    3
     HLTH 616 Techniques of Health Research
    3
     HLTH 626 Health Care Organization
    3
     HLTH 629 Health Education: Theory and Practice
    3
     HLTH 660 Thesis or Department Project
    3
    Students must take 18 credits from the restricted electives, elective or professional sequence categories.

    Restricted Electives (A minimum of 6 credits) 
     HLTH 530 Drug Abuse Workshop
    3
     HLTH 610 Contemporary Trends in Community Mental Health
    3
     HLTH 612 Community Organization for Health
    3
     HLTH 620 Evidence Based Public Health
    3
     HLTH 637 Health Law
    3
     HLTH 638 Fiscal Management
    3
     HLTH 647 Health Disparities in Diverse Populations
    3

    Elective Courses (Up to 12 credits)
     
     HLTH 500 Managed Health Care
    3
     HLTH 501 Administration of Managed Health Care Plans
    3
     HLTH 504 Adolescent Health
    3
     HLTH 510 Health Science Field Study and Travel Seminar: International Health Management
    3
     HLTH 603 Coordinating School and Community Health Programs
    3
     HLTH 604 Community Nutrition
    3
     HLTH 617 Health Administration Theory and Practice
    3
     HLTH 618 Health Economics
    3
     HLTH 621 Seminar in Comprehensive Health Planning
    3
     HLTH 622 Health Personnel Management
    3
     HLTH 633 Consumer Health
    3
     HLTH 635 Public Health Issues of Immigration
    3
     HLTH 641 Methods and Curriculum in Health Education
    3
     HLTH 645 Family Life and Sex Education
    3
     HLTH 650 Development of Substance Awareness Programs
    3

    Professional Sequence (6 credits) 
     HLTH 609 Supervised Field Training (Residency)
    6

     

    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 ADMINISTRATION
    The 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)
     

     

    Code Title
    Credits
     HLTH 500 Managed Health Care
    3
     HLTH 614 Advanced Epidemiology
    3
     HTLH 616 Techniques of Health Research
    3
     HLTH 617 Health Administration Theory and Practice
    3
     HLTH 626 Health Care Organization
    3
     HLTH 637 Health Law
    3
     HLTH 638 Fiscal Management
    3
     HLTH 660 Thesis or Department Project
    3
    Students must take 15 credits from the restricted electives, elective and professional sequence categories.

    Restricted Electives (A minimum of 6 credits) 
     HLTH 501 Administration of Managed Health Care Plans
    3
     HLTH 605 Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety
    3
     HLTH 620 Evidence Based Public Health
    3
     HLTH 622 Health Personnel Management
    3
     HLTH 647 Health Disparities in Diverse Populations
    3

    Elective Courses (Up to 9 credits) 
     HLTH 510 Health Science Field Study and Travel Seminar: International Health Management
    3
     HLTH 530 Drug Abuse Workshop
    3
     HLTH 610 Contemporary Trends in Community Mental Health
    3
     HLTH 612 Community Organization for Health
    3
     HLTH 618 Health Economics
    3
     HLTH 621 Seminar in Comprehensive Health Planning
    3
     HLTH 632 Long-Term Care Administration
    3
     HLTH 633 Consumer Health
    3
     HLTH 635 Public Health Issues of Immigration
    3

    Professional Sequence (6 credits) 
     HLTH 609 Supervised Field Training (Residency)
    6

     

    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 EDUCATION
    The 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)
     

    Code Title
    Credits
     HLTH 614 Advanced Epidemiology
    3
     HLTH 616 Techniques of Health Research
    3
     HLTH 629 Health Education Theory and Practice
    3
     HLTH 660 Thesis or Department Project
    3
    Students must take a total of 24 credits from among the Restricted Electives and Elective categories, as specified below.

    Restricted Electives (minimum of 9 credits) 
     HLTH 504 Adolescent Health
    3
     HLTH 530 Drug Abuse Workshop
    3
     HLTH 603 Coordinating School and Community Health Programs
    3
     HLTH 641 Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education (Required for students without an undergraduate course in methods and curriculum)
    3
     HLTH 647 Health Disparities in Diverse Populations
    3
    SPEC 605 Introduction to Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children
    3
    PSYC 603 Developmental Psychology
    3

    Elective Courses (maximum of 15 credits) 
     HLTH 604 Community Nutrition
    3
     HLTH 605 Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety
    3
     HLTH 610 Contemporary Trends in Community Mental Health
    3
     HLTH 612 Community Organization for Health
    3
     HLTH 620 Evidence Based Public Health
    3
     HLTH 633 Consumer Health
    3
     HLTH 635 Public Health Issues of Immigration
    3
     HLTH 636 School Nurse I
    3
     HLTH 642 School Nurse II
    3
     HLTH 643 School Nurse/Health Education Practicum 
    3
     HLTH 645 Family Life and Sex Education
    3

    Students may choose only one of the following:
     
     HLTH 503 Defensive Driving Teaching Techniques
    3
     HLTH 505 Contemporary Methods, Material & Evaluation in Driver Education
    3
     HLTH 506 Trends and Issues in Driver Education
    3
     HLTH 507 Principles of Safety and Accident Prevention
    3

     


    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 

    Code Title
    Credits
     HLTH 503 Defensive Driving Teaching Techniques
    3
     HLTH 505 Contemporary Methods, Materials and Eval. in Driver Ed.
    3

     


    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.

     

     HLTH 503 Defensive Driving Teaching Techniques
    3
     HLTH 505 Contemporary Methods, Material and Eval. in Driver Ed.
    3

     


    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.

     

     HLTH 503 Defensive Driving Teaching Techniques
    3
     HLTH 505 Contemporary Methods, Material and Eval. in Driver Ed.
    3
     HLTH 506 Trends and Issues in Driver Education
    3
     HLTH 507 Principles of Safety and Accident Prevention
    3

     


    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SCHOOL NURSING
    Completion 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) 

    Code Title
    Credits
     HLTH 636 Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program I
    3
     HLTH 642 Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program II
    3
     HLTH 641 Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education
    3
     HLTH 530 Drug Abuse Workshop
    3
     HLTH 620 Evidence Based Practice in Public Health*
    3
     HLTH 635 Public Health Issues of Immigration
    3
     HLTH 643 Graduate School Nurse /Health Education Practicum 
    6
     PSYC 603 Developmental Psychology
    3
    SPEC 605 Introduction to Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children
    3
      TOTAL
    *Courses may be waived upon review of transcripts (6 Credits)
    30

    Continuing for a Master’s Degree
    Additionally, 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.

    Core Degree Requirements (12 Credits) 
     HLTH 614 Advanced Epidemiology
    3
     HLTH 616 Techniques of Health Research
    3
     HLTH 629 Health Education Theory and Practice
    3
     HLTH 660 Thesis or Department Project
    3
     

    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.

    42