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Athabasca University

Master of Health Studies
Course-Based Route Requirements

Regulations effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Program Requirements

The MHS program is composed of a total of 33 credits (11 courses). Visit the MHS Program Regulations page for additional program information.

MHS Routes

Students may choose from a course-based (below) or thesis-based route.

Course-based route: Students complete four core courses, five curriculum courses and two elective courses. Students may elect to complete one of three focus areas: Teaching Focus, Leadership Focus, or Health Research Focus.

MHS Courses

Core Courses

The following courses apply to the course-based routes.

MHST 601* Critical Foundations in Health Disciplines (3)
MHST/NURS 603** Facilitating Inquiry (3)
MHST/NURS 609 Trends and Issues (3)
MHST/NURS 611 Dissemination Strategies (Taken in final semester) (3)

* MHST 601 is a pre-requisite to all courses in the MHS program, except MHST/NURS 603, to which it is a co-requisite. MHST 601 must be taken as the student's first course.

** MHST/NURS 603 is a co-requisite for all courses in the MHS program. It must be taken as the student's second course. It may be taken at the same time as 601, or at the same time as any other course in the program.

Curriculum Courses

Students enrolled in the course-based routes must complete five of the following FHD graduate courses.

MHST/NURS 602 Transforming Health Care through Informatics (3)
MHST/NURS 604 Leadership Roles in Health (3)
MHST/NURS 605 Demystifying Policy Analysis and Development (3)
MHST/NURS 606 Health Systems and Services Evaluation (3)
MHST/NURS 607 Developing Successful Project and Program Proposals (3)
MHST/NURS 610 Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care (3)
MHST/NURS 618 Community Development for Health Care Leaders (3)
MHST/NURS 620 Culture and Health: Critical Perspectives (3)
MHST/NURS 621 Coaching and Leading: The Human Side of Organizational Change (3)
MHST/NURS 622 Understanding Organizations: Theory, Analysis and Application (3)
MHST/NURS 623 Clinical Teaching and Learning (3)
MHST/NURS 624 Teaching in Health Disciplines (3)
MHST/NURS 625 Personalizing Learning through Collaborating and Mentoring in Health Care Environments   
MHST/NURS 695 - 696Independent Study (3)

Elective Courses

In addition to the core and curriculum courses, two electives are required in the course-based route. These electives may be completed prior to or concurrently with MHST/NURS 611. These elective courses may include: FHD graduate courses, as listed in the above table of curriculum courses; other Athabasca University graduate level courses; or pre-approved graduate courses from other universities (refer to Letter of Permission to Complete a Course at Another University).

MHS Focus Areas – Course-Based Route

A focus area is a subject concentration within your degree program. Students in the course-based route may elect to complete a focus area in Teaching, Leadership, or Health Research. Students must declare their selection by submitting a Faculty of Health Change of Program form.

Teaching Focus

The teaching focus includes: four core courses (MHST 601, MHST/NURS 603, MHST/NURS 609, MHST/NURS 611), three teaching focus courses (MHST/NURS 623, MHST/NURS 624, and MHST/NURS 625), two curriculum courses, and two elective courses.

Required:
4 core courses
3 teaching focus courses
2 curriculum courses
2 elective courses
 
Total: 11 courses (33 credits)

Leadership Focus

The leadership focus includes: four core courses (MHST 601, MHST/NURS 603, MHST/NURS 609, MHST/NURS 611), three leadership focus courses (MHST/NURS 604, MHST/NURS 621, MHST/NURS 622), two curriculum courses, and two elective courses.

Required:
4 core courses
3 leadership focus courses
2 curriculum courses
2 elective courses
 
Total: 11 courses (33 credits)

Health Research Focus

The health research focus includes: four core courses (MHST 601, MHST/NURS 603, MHST/NURS 609, MHST/NURS 611), three health research focus courses (MHST/NURS 610, MHST/NURS 712, MHST/NURS 713), two curriculum courses, and two elective courses.

This focus area is closed to students in the thesis route.

Required:
4 core courses
3 health research focus courses
2 curriculum courses
2 elective courses
 
Total: 11 courses (33 credits)

 

Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.

Updated June 17 2019 by laurab

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