Online Master's Degrees in Health Science - MSHS Schools & Programs


As the demand for quality healthcare professionals continues to rise, a number of universities now offer special courses and degrees that focus on delivering instruction in health services.

An online master of science in health science (MSHS) can be a lucrative option for healthcare professionals who wish to acquire specialized skills and pursue leadership roles in the field. These programs focus on healthcare strategy, data-based decision-making, research, and evaluation. Students learn how to analyze data, influence healthcare policies, and ensure patient safety.

Many of these degrees provide specializations in areas such as nutrition, clinical laboratory science, rehabilitative science, and sports performance. Along with a specialization, each program includes a set of core health science courses such as healthcare leadership, ethical and legal issues in healthcare, clinical chemistry, and health policy.

This advanced degree can prepare students for a successful career in public or private healthcare organizations. Graduates can take on management-level positions in a laboratory, teach at universities, or conduct research. Many MSHS-holders have gone into roles such as clinical director, healthcare administrator, and healthcare quality analyst, among many others.

This guide features eight accredited online MSHS degrees, as well as profiles of exceptional faculty members from these programs.

Professors to Know in Master of Health Sciences Programs

  • Rafaela G. Feresin, PhD Georgia State University

    Dr. Rafaela Feresin holds a PhD and MS in nutrition and food science from Florida University, and has completed her BS in nutrition from the Federal University of Goias. Currently, she serves as an assistant professor of nutrition at the Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the role of functional foods, bioactive compounds, and dietary interventions in improving chronic diseases. Influential publications such as Free Radical Biology and Medicine have featured her articles. She is also a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Heart Association, and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

  • Kenneth Harwood, PhD George Washington University

    Dr. Kenneth Harwood is the director of the healthcare quality program at George Washington University. In his long and illustrious career, he has held various academic positions at New York University, Columbia University, and SUNY. He served as the vice president of practice and education for the American Physical Therapy Association. His research focuses on ergonomics, lower back pain care, and healthcare policy. He has written at length about these topics, nationally and internationally. Dr. Harwood has received several honors including the 2010 Advocacy Award for Improved Caregiver Safety and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY.

  • Darrin Smith, PhD Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

    Dr. Darrin Smith is the program director for the master of science in health sciences program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUHP). Dr. Smith is a licensed board-certified athletic trainer and holds specializations in performance enhancement training and three-dimensional movement analysis performance systems. He holds a BS degree in physical education and athletic training from Concordia University Wisconsin, a master of exercise science from Western Illinois University, and a PhD from RMUHP.

    Dr. Smith teaches the data and decision making course in the MSHS program and has published in the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy and SportsEX Medicine. Before his position at RMUHP, Dr. Smith was a faculty member at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado and Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.

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