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.


Sheila Nielsen, PhD


Kathy Weaver
Health Professions Advising
308 Leon Johnson Hall, PO BOX 173075,

Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: 406 994-1670  Fax: 406 994-6400
Home page for HPA

How to Apply

  1. An online application for the MS in Health Sciences can be found at PostBacCAS.
  2. Applicants who have been accepted to the program through PostBacCAS will be invited to complete the MSU Graduate School application to complete the full admissions process.
  3. Applications to PostBacCAS are accepted Oct 1- March 31.  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.

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

BCH 441Biochemistry of Macromolecules3
BCH 442Metabolic Regulation3
BCH 444RBiochemistry & Molecular Biology Methods3
BCH 524Mass Spectrometry3
BCH 543Proteins3
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 425Adv Cell & Molecular Biology3
or BIOB 525 Adv. Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOB 524Ethical Practice of Science3
BIOH 405Hematology3
BIOH 422Genes and Cancer3
BIOH 511Advanced Human Anatomy4
BIOH 425Sensory Neurophysiology3
BIOH 435Cognitive Neuroscience3
BIOH 445Intro Pharmacology3
BIOH 455Molecular Medicine3
BIOH 465RGene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells3
or BIOH 565 Gene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells
BIOM 400Medical Microbiology3
BIOM 425Toxicology: Science of Poisons3
or MB 527 Toxicology
BIOM 431Medical Bacteriology3
BIOM 441Eukaryotic Pathogens4
BIOO 412Animal Physiology3
EMEC 424Cellular Mechanotransduction3
HSTR 417Early Modern Science3
HSTR 419Modern Science3
IMID 501Exper Immunology/Pathology3
IMID 505Eukaryotic Gene Regulation3
MB 505Host-Associated Microbiomes4
MB 520Microbial Physiology3
MB 525Advanced Immunology3
MB 528Advanced Genetics3
MB 530Virology3
MEDS 594 (section 002)1
MEDS 5411
MEDS 5751-4
BIOH 509Advanced Human Torso Anatomy4

Community Health

BMGT 469Community Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management3
CHTH 405Caregiving & Aging Families3
CHTH 430Mental Health & Social Issues in Aging3
CHTH 502Theories and Models in Health3
EIND 506Healthcare Delivery Systems3
or NRSG 608 Design H C Delivery Systems
EIND 511Advanced Human Factors3
EIND 513Human Factors in the Safety of Complex Systems3
EIND 514Occupational Biomechanics3
HADM 445Managing Healthcare Organizations3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
NRSG 418Hlth Policy/Hlth Care Econ Cln2
NRSG 489Research & Statistics to Support Evidence Based Practice6
NRSG 601Advanced Health Assessment3
NRSG 604Evidence Based Practice I4
NRSG 612Ethics, Law, and Policy for Advocacy in Healthcare3
NRSG 613Finance & Budget H C Systems2
NUTR 401Nutrition Assessment/Counsel3
NUTR 425Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NUTR 426Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
PSCI 520Government Leadership & Ethics3
PSCI 554Foundations of Public Administration3
PSYX 481Judgment & Decision Making3
MEDS 5411
MEDS 594 (section 002)1
MEDS 5751-4
AC 501Chemical Dependency Counseling3
AC 503Assessment, Treatment Planning and Ethics of Addiction Counseling3
AC 506Group Counseling in Addiction Settings3
AC 507Group Counseling in Addiction Settings II3
AC 510Chem Dependency Counseling II3


AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
HDCO 563Multicultural Awareness3
HSTA 407Gender in US & Canadian West3
HSTA 416Race and Class in America3
NASX 405 Gender Issues in Native American Studies3
NASX 515Native Food Systems3
or NASX 415 Native Food Systems
NASX 525Indigenous Philosophies/Sacred Ecologies3
NASX 550Native Americans: Dispelling the Myths3
NRSG 435Spirituality in Healthcare2
NRSG 614Vulnerability and Health Care in Diverse Communities4
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSCI 439International Human Rights3
PSYX 462Psychology of Prejudice3
SFBS 451RSustainable Food Systems3
SFBS 551Global Food Perspectives3
SOCI 434Sociology of Human Sexuality3
WGSS 454The Study of Men & Masculinity3
MEDS 5411
MEDS 594 (section 002)1
MEDS 5751-4

Health and Medicine

BIOH 440Neuroscience of Mental Illness3
CHTH 435Human Response To Stress3
CHTH 440Principles Of Epidemiology3
HEE 506Exercise and Chronic Disease3
KIN 515Exercise Performance and Nutr3
KIN 545Graduate Exercise Physiology3
NRSG 602Adv Physio/Pathophysiology4
NRSG 603Advanced Pharmacology I2
NRSG 610Health Care Informatics3
NUTR 411Nutrition for Sports/Exercise3
NUTR 421Macronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 422Micronutrient Metabolism3
NUTR 511Exercise Metabolism and Health3
NUTR 526Nutrition for Fitness/Perform3
PSYX 463Social Cognition3
PSYX 477Science of Psych Well-Being3
PSYX 541Cognitive Processes3
PSYX 544Social Psychology3
PSYX 546Social Cognition3
MEDS 5411
MEDS 594 (section 002)1
MEDS 5751-4
AC 502Psychopharmacology and Addictions3
AC 504Alcohol and Drug Studies3