Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Professions Education and Technology Online

The MSHS with a concentration in Health Professions Education and Technology is a 100% online, accelerated, rigorous program that includes coursework in Health Science theory, pedagogical skills, technology, program evaluation, leadership and mentorship in the field.

This program prepares students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree to lead and educate allied health and health care professionals; public health practitioners; community health educators; school health science educators and administrators. Graduates of the program will also help fulfill the need for qualified teaching faculty, trainers, and leaders in the medical and allied health professions at all levels of professional preparation.

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About the Program

The MSHS concentration in Health Professions Education and Technology is intended for allied health and health care professionals; public health practitioners; community health educators; school educators and administrators. This degree does not certify students for teaching in the public school system in the state of Texas.
Graduates of this program will be uniquely qualified to:
  1. Design, implement and evaluate new and emerging curricula in the field of health science education.
  2. Integrate technology in advanced instructional practices for health professionals.
  3. Provide mentorship and leadership to current and future health science professionals on health science career preparation.
  4. Implement emerging technology for health science education and physical activity promotion.
  5. Lead initiatives to advance the field of health science education.
This program is offered in the accelerated online format which is comprised of seven-week modules where courses are offered online on a rotating carousel basis. All courses are offered entirely on-line to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. Students can register for one or two courses in each seven-week module and can begin the program in any of the six start dates each calendar year, as specified by the Graduate College Calendar.

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Courses

An introduction to the healthcare system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components, and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for healthcare organizations as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course examines the development of U.S. helath policies and laws and how they affect health care delivery, impact health disparities, and shape population health. Special attention will be given to discussions of current national health policy debates. The course also introduces students to various international health care system models.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of healthcare in todays society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills, and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of healthcare organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for healthcare organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for healthcare organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
An introduction to the healthcare system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components, and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for healthcare organizations as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course examines the development of U.S. helath policies and laws and how they affect health care delivery, impact health disparities, and shape population health. Special attention will be given to discussions of current national health policy debates. The course also introduces students to various international health care system models.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of healthcare in todays society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills, and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of healthcare organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for healthcare organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for healthcare organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice in the development and implementation of innovative and traditional health science education strategies in healthcare, community, and instructional settings.
This course prepares students with the skills required in the planning, design, development and evaluation of curricula and instructional strategies in healthcare, community, and instructional settings.
This course prepares health science educators with the knowledge and skills to apply theory and practice in evaluation of health programs in healthcare, community, and instructional settings; evaluation of standardized health assessments and analysis of results.
Prepares health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement technology in the learning setting to optimize student/patient participation, motivation, assessment and engagement. The course also develops proficiency in media communication protocols and time management skills in the health field.
This course focuses on the application of current technology (software and hardware) in health science education; commercial software selection and use; database management and computer networking for communication, research, and health promotion.
This course prepares health professionals to mentor, counsel, and advise future health science professionals, current healthcare professionals and the community in the competencies and career opportunities for emerging health careers.
This course introduces students to the theory and practice in the development and implementation of innovative and traditional health science education strategies in healthcare, community, and instructional settings.
This course prepares students with the skills required in the planning, design, development and evaluation of curricula and instructional strategies in healthcare, community, and instructional settings.
This course prepares health science educators with the knowledge and skills to apply theory and practice in evaluation of health programs in healthcare, community, and instructional settings; evaluation of standardized health assessments and analysis of results.
Prepares health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement technology in the learning setting to optimize student/patient participation, motivation, assessment and engagement. The course also develops proficiency in media communication protocols and time management skills in the health field.
This course focuses on the application of current technology (software and hardware) in health science education; commercial software selection and use; database management and computer networking for communication, research, and health promotion.
This course prepares health professionals to mentor, counsel, and advise future health science professionals, current healthcare professionals and the community in the competencies and career opportunities for emerging health careers.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Scholarships

UTRGV is now offering a $1,000 Graduate Dean’s Accelerated Online Scholarship, a GRE/GMAT Test Fee Scholarship and much more to help make your graduate education a reality.  For more information, please visit our Scholarships page.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

No Application Fee
Graduation Fee: $32


Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Professions Education and Technology Online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

References

2 References from Professional or Academic sources