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Health Science


The Master of Health Science program is designed to develop and enhance skills needed to make substantive contributions in the public health, health policy, health promotion, and leadership arenas. This program has been structured to not only facilitate the education of the traditional students completing their undergraduate degrees who wish to further prepare themselves before entering the workforce, but also to enhance the career success of professionals who are currently working in public health and health care delivery settings. Students receive strong foundational knowledge on the role of public health, the determinants of health, and health policy on health outcomes and acquire essential skills in research methods, epidemiology, statistics, and program evaluation. The program offers three emphasis tracks: Health Policy, Health Promotion, and Health Services Leadership.


Degree Requirements

Master of Health Science, M.H.S.
Graduate Certificate in Health Services Leadership, G.C.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Toevs
(208) 426-2452
Health Sciences Riverside
1910 University Dr., Boise, ID  83725-1835

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Admission Requirements

  1.  Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. Professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. A formal statement of purpose of at least 250 words explaining the applicant’s educational and career background and future objectives, as well as how these objectives correspond to the MHS program.
  5. A one hour long writing exam. Dates and times can be obtained by emailing Official GRE scores no older than three years, or TOEFL/IELTS for non-US residents, can be used in lieu of the writing exam.
  6. An in-person meeting with the MHS Program Director. Applicants living outside of southwestern Idaho can arrange for a phone interview.
  7. Three letters of recommendation. It is suggested that at least one should come from a former professor. Other suitable references include employment supervisors and volunteer coordinators.
  8. Funding

    Assistantships and funded research opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

    Application and Materials Deadlines

    Fall Semester: March 1
    Spring Semester: October 1