Health Sciences – Graduate Degree

Health Sciences


Degree Offered: Master of Health Sciences (M.H.S.)

Departmental Website: Health Sciences

Program Description:

Western Carolina University's Master of Health Sciences program offers concentrations in health management, health education, emergency medical care, and dietetics. The first three of these are fully online programs that can be completed from anywhere in the world. The 33-credit-hour curriculum is composed of three parts: (1) core courses; (2) concentrations courses, and (3) completion of a thesis or project.

The health management program is ideal for those working in hospitals or health departments who aspire to leadership positions. The EMC concentration is designed for working paramedics and others in the healthcare field who are seeking management positions in the area of emergency care. The health education concentration helps healthcare professionals make the transition to educator roles and prepares students for certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Location of Course Offerings:

  • Health Management Concentration: Web-based
  • Health Education Concentration: Web-based
  • Emergency Medical Care Concentration: Web-based
  • Nutrition Concentration: Cullowhee (currently not accepting applications)
  • Dietetics Internship: WCU at Biltmore Park

Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of B or higher in all upper level undergraduate coursework
  • GRE General Exam
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Goals and Experiences (submitted as part of online application)

In addition to the academic requirements, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the program. For the most up to date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the program's web site at the  College of Health and Human Sciences.

Application Deadline

Prerequisites: None

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Brian Raming
School of Health Sciences

Graduate Program Coordinator for Education Concentration:
Dr. Marianne Hollis
School of Health Sciences

Graduate Program Coordinator for Management Concentration:
Dr. Elizabeth Tait
School of Health Sciences

Graduate Program Coordinator for Nutrition Concentration:
Dr. Brenda Marques
School of Health Sciences

Graduate Program Coordinator for Dietetic Internship Program:
Sherry Robison, MS, RD, LDN
School of Heath Sciences

Graduate Program Coordinator for Emergency Medical Care Concentration:
Dr. Michael Hubble
School of Health Sciences

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