Master of Science in Health Sciences

The intent of the MS in Health Sciences program is to provide students with an opportunity to diversify or further enhance their educational foundation through graduate education that can be applied to any of several career paths in the health care field.  The program supports and formalizes the educational endeavors of MSU graduates, Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate students, and other students who attend MSU to better prepare for matriculation into health care-related professional schools.  The MS in Health Sciences program was approved in early 2009 and the first students matriculated in August 2009.  The program requires at least two consecutive semesters and the class size is capped at 30 students.

The MS in Health Sciences program can be combined with the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate program to provide a continuous and more in-depth degree program and educational experience.  For those students applying to health professional school, the MS in Health Sciences can be completed during the application 'glide' year.

Additionally, students who have a solid science background, and thus do not qualify for the Certificate program, can be eligible to enter directly into the one year MS in Health Sciences program.  The pre-requisites are such that students are able to build on a substantial foundation in the basic sciences and broaden their academic experience.

Coordinator:

Sheila Nielsen, PhD

Assistant:

Kathy Weaver
Health Professions Advising
317 Leon Johnson Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: 406 994-1670  Fax: 406 994-4398
Email: hpa@montana.edu
Home page for HPA

How to Apply

  1. An online application for the MS in Health Sciences can be found at The Graduate School.
  2. Follow application instructions carefully to ensure timely submission, application processing, and committee review.
    1. For Educational Goals/Admission Type, select "Master Degree"
    2. For Program Selection, select "Master of Science in Health Sciences"
  3. Applications are accepted Oct 1- Feb 28.  Applications are reviewed throughout the cycle by the admissions committee and decisions are made and communicated to the applicant as quickly as possible.
  4. Pre-requisites include a year each of general chemistry, organic/biochemistry, biology, and physics.  A year of math to include one semester of statistics is also required.
  5. Please email our office at hpa@montana.edu to make us aware that you have submitted an application.

Program Specifics

  • Available to students is a clinical observation course (MEDS 541 Clinical Practicum) and a health-care focused, graduate-level journal club (MEDS 594 Seminar).
  • Students will choose an emphasis among Molecular Medical, Community Health, International, or Health and Medicine.
  • Students will complete a scholarly project and present in a public forum and provide a written report (MEDS 575 Professional Paper and Project).
  • Students are encouraged to participate in a semester-long application preparation process (Prep2Apply) for health professional school, if appropriate.
  • Students who successfully complete program will receive their degree during the spring graduation ceremony.

Recommended Courses:

Molecular Medicine

BIOH 405Hematology3
BIOH 422Genes and Cancer3
BIOH 425Sensory Neurophysiology3
BIOH 435Cognitive Neuroscience3
BIOH 455Molecular Medicine3
BIOH 411Adv Human Anatomy4
BCH 441Biochemistry of Macromolecules3
BCH 543Proteins3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 438Developmental Mechanisms3
BIOB 524Ethical Practice of Science3
BIOO 412Animal Physiology3
BIOL 409Advanced Human Torso Anatomy4
BIOL 510Topics in Neurobiology3
BIOM 400Medical Microbiology3
BIOM 431Medical Bacteriology3
BIOM 435Virology3
BIOM 441Eukaryotic Pathogens4
MB 520Microbial Physiology3
MB 525Advanced Immunology3
MB 528Advanced Genetics3
MB 537Advance in Molecular Evol3
MB 530Virology3
IMID 501Exper Immunology/Pathology3
IMID 505Eukaryotic Gene Regulation3
NUTR 421Macronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 422Micronutrient Metabolism3
HSTR 419Modern Science3
HSTR 417Early Modern Science3

Community Health

BIOB 524Ethical Practice of Science3
NASX 525Indigenous Philosophies/Sacred Ecologies3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
HSTA 412IHAmerican Thought and Culture3
HSTA 416Race and Class in America3
NRSG 418Hlth Policy/Hlth Care Econ Cln2
NRSG 5503
NRSG 5532
NRSG 5604
NRSG 5653
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSCI 554Foundations of Public Administration3
PSCI 5603
PSYX 477Science of Psych Well-Being3
PSYX 481Judgment & Decision Making3
PSYX 544Social Psychology3
ECNS 501Microeconomic Theory3
EIND 513Human Factors in the Safety of Complex Systems3
SFBS 551Global Food Perspectives3
NASX 515Native Food Systems3

International

SFBS 451RSustainable Food Systems3
SFBS 551Global Food Perspectives3
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSCI 439International Human Rights3
NASX 515Native Food Systems3
NASX 525Indigenous Philosophies/Sacred Ecologies3
AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
ECNS 501Microeconomic Theory3
EIND 513Human Factors in the Safety of Complex Systems3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3

Health and Medicine

BIOB 524Ethical Practice of Science3
PSYX 477Science of Psych Well-Being3
PSYX 541Cognitive Processes3
PSYX 544Social Psychology3
NUTR 411Nutrition for Sports/Exercise3
NUTR 421Macronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 422Micronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 425Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NUTR 511Exercise Metabolism and Health3
EIND 513Human Factors in the Safety of Complex Systems3
NRSG 5503
ECNS 501Microeconomic Theory3
CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
CHTH 440Principles Of Epidemiology3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
KIN 515Exercise Performance and Nutr3
CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
HEE 506Exercise and Chronic Disease3
KIN 545Graduate Exercise Physiology3