318 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science CurriculumOutline—Master of Health Science Program The curriculum involves completion of a minimumof 31 credit hours that must be completed in each of the two categories of courses (didactic and practical). There is some flexibility in curriculumdesign to accommodate students’ overall interests, employment, and educational goals. Educational counseling and advisement is always available to assist in the planning and registration process. Generalist Curriculum Courses Required Core Courses (18 credits) Credits MHS 5003 Current Trends and Cultural Issues in Health Care 3 MHS 5203 Writing for Allied Health Professionals 3 MHS 5501 Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3 MHS 5510 Research Methods 3 MHS 5521 Ethical Issues in Health Care 3 MHS 5530 Principles and Practice of Management in Health Care 3 • successfully complete the M.H.Sc. practicum • receive a recommendation by the M.H.Sc. programdirector to the dean of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Graduation ceremony attendance is not a requirement for distance education students. It is, however, an option that the department encourages and that takes place once a year (in August). Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.74 or higher are eligible to receive the degree with honors. Students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 are eligible to receive the degree with high honors. Course of Study The M.H.Sc. Program requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of study to be completed. This includes required core courses. All students are required to have individualized curriculum advisement upon acceptance. Transfer of up to 6 credit hours of acceptable graduate study is permitted upon approval. These graduate courses must have a grade of B or better and must be approved by the M.H.Sc. program director and dean of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. The dean reserves the right to require, in special cases, more than the minimum of 31 semester hours. Transferred courses cannot have been credited toward a previous degree. Classes are organized and based on accepted distance learning designs and formats. Continuous Enrollment The program requires students to enroll in at least one course per semester for the duration of their M.H.Sc. studies. If a student needs to take a semester off during the academic year, a formal request for a leave of absence shall be submitted to the program director and will be subject to approval. Continuing Services The program is designed to be completed in three years. Continuing services fees will be imposed after 36 months in the program. All students must finish the program within five years of the date of acceptance, or they will be dismissed. After the 36th month in the program, students will be enrolled in continuing services at a cost of $990 per semester.