Master of Science in Health Science

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Master of Science in Health Science program

The Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) degree program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) offers a 5-semester (20-month) capstone option or 6-semester (24-month) thesis option. This online graduate program is designed to enable working health professionals, such as strength coaches, personal trainers, certified athletic trainers, military personnel, and physical educators, to advance their career opportunities and educational goals. The MSHS program includes specialty tracks in Health & Wellness CoachingSport Performance and Rehabilitative Science.

Prospective students should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and preference is given to individuals with two years of professional experience in exercise science, sport performance, healthcare, or occupational performance, as well as fitness professionals who hold licenses from a National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) accredited organization (ACE, ACSM, IFPA, NASM, NATA, NCSF, NETA, NFPT, NSCA or Cooper Institute).

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Important Dates

Fall 2019 Start
Accepting Applications Through August 12, 2019
Class Size: 10
Semester Begins: September 3, 2019

Summer 2020 Start
Accepting Applications Through April 17, 2020
Class Size: 10
Semester Begins: May 4, 2020

Academic Model

Online Program (thesis option requires onsite defense)

MSHS Program Tracks

MSHS Health & Wellness Coaching
30-33 Credits (30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

 

Health & Wellness Coaching

The Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) track is designed for students to become experts in coaching approaches to deliver health and wellness client/patient care. The HWC track prepares students for a career as a health and wellness coach in private practice or as part of a team in settings such as physician practice or corporate wellness. As students become skilled at the coaching process, they also develop an understanding of the rationale and the psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying coaching techniques and client responses.
 
This track is ideal for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in an allied health field and are committed to best practices in facilitating positive, sustainable behavior change.
 
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is currently seeking “Approved Program Status” through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching, which would allow students who successfully complete the required prerequisites to sit for the National Board Certification Exam to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Those prerequisites are as follows.
  1. Successfully complete the courses, WE623, WE710, and WE711 including all synchronous hours.
  2. Pass the Coaching Practical Examination at the end of WE711.
  3. Complete all other requirements set forth by the ICHWC, which currently includes, completion and documentation of 50 coaching sessions after passing the practical exam in WE711,  and paying the application/exam fees.
  4. As ICHWC requirements are subject to change, students should refer to the website, https://ichwc.org/hwc-certifying-examination-application/ for the most updated information.
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30-33 Credits(30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

Sport Performance

The MSHS Sport Performance track is intended for individuals who have a desire to increase their exercise science knowledge, with a focus on strength and conditioning or sport performance. The curriculum is designed to increase the student’s abilities to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision making and affords students an interactive environment focusing on the designing of health learning for individuals across the human lifespan.
 
There are two options to complete the Sport Performance master’s degree program: a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The capstone project is completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis must be completed onsite.
 
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MSHS Rehabilitative Science Icon
30-33 Credits(30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

 

Rehabilitative Science

The MSHS Rehabilitative Science track is suited for individuals who have a desire to advance their health science knowledge, with a focus on evidence-based approaches to athletic training, physical therapies, injury prevention and recognition, and other areas of healthcare. The Rehabilitative Science track prepares researchers, educators, and leaders in the area of rehabilitation science to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy.
 
The Rehabilitation Science master’s curriculum is designed to increase the student’s ability to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision-making, and the central element of the program is the completion of a capstone project or thesis that incorporates best practice, research, and knowledge in the area of rehabilitative science. Evidence-based concepts in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, sports injury prevention, diagnosis, and management provide a complimentary foundation.
 
There are two options to complete the Rehabilitation Science master’s degree program: a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The capstone project is scheduled to be completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis is completed onsite.
 
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MSHS Health & Wellness Coaching
30-33 Credits (30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

 

Health & Wellness Coaching

 
The Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) track is designed for students to become experts in coaching approaches to deliver health and wellness client/patient care. The HWC track prepares students for a career as a health and wellness coach in private practice or as part of a team in settings such as physician practice or corporate wellness. As students become skilled at the coaching process, they also develop an understanding of the rationale and the psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying coaching techniques and client responses.
This track is ideal for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in an allied health field and are committed to best practices in facilitating positive, sustainable behavior change.
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is currently seeking “Approved Program Status” through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching, which would allow students who successfully complete the required prerequisites to sit for the National Board Certification Exam to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Those prerequisites are as follows.
  1. Successfully complete the courses, WE623, WE710, and WE711 including all synchronous hours.
  2. Pass the Coaching Practical Examination at the end of WE711.
  3. Complete all other requirements set forth by the ICHWC, which currently includes, completion and documentation of 50 coaching sessions after passing the practical exam in WE711,  and paying the application/exam fees.
  4. As ICHWC requirements are subject to change, students should refer to the website, https://ichwc.org/hwc-certifying-examination-application/ for the most updated information.
View Full Curriculum

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MSHS Athletic Training Dumbell Icon
30-33 Credits(30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

Sport Performance

The MSHS Sport Performance track is intended for individuals who have a desire to increase their exercise science knowledge, with a focus on strength and conditioning or sport performance. The curriculum is designed to increase the student’s abilities to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision making and affords students an interactive environment focusing on the designing of health learning for individuals across the human lifespan.
 
There are two options to complete the Sport Performance master’s degree program: a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The capstone project is completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis must be completed onsite.
 
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MSHS Rehabilitative Science Icon
30-33 Credits(30 class credit hours + 3 thesis credit hours)

 

Rehabilitative Science

The MSHS Rehabilitative Science track is suited for individuals who have a desire to advance their health science knowledge, with a focus on evidence-based approaches to athletic training, physical therapies, injury prevention and recognition, and other areas of healthcare. The Rehabilitative Science track prepares researchers, educators, and leaders in the area of rehabilitation science to contribute to the development of rehabilitation practice, research, and policy.
 
The Rehabilitation Science master’s curriculum is designed to increase the student’s ability to identify best practices built on evidence-based decision-making, and the central element of the program is the completion of a capstone project or thesis that incorporates best practice, research, and knowledge in the area of rehabilitative science. Evidence-based concepts in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, sports injury prevention, diagnosis, and management provide a complimentary foundation.
 
There are two options to complete the Rehabilitation Science master’s degree program: a capstone project or a master’s thesis. The capstone project is scheduled to be completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis is completed onsite.
 
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“There is no better community and support system than RMUoHP that will help you achieve the level of education you seek while getting to do the things that you love. Which sometimes means combining the two.”

Alfredo Lopez, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with RMUoHP. It took only about a year and a half to complete my Master’s degree and allowed me to grow as a professional in the healthcare setting. I was able to implement ideas and evidence-based research into clinical practice. My cohort also prepared me to sit for and take the NSCA-CSCS certification which I passed on the first try. There was little I needed to study for after completing all the RMUoHP classes.”

Amy Robinson ATC, CSCS

“RMUoHP provided a great evidence-based program. This program enhanced my athletic training skills and helped me to think critically when examining literature or hot topics in the field. I am able to be confident in new methods of treatment that I was not aware of before such as blood flow restriction and kinesiology taping.”

Anna Roberts, LAT, ATC , Saint Joseph Health System, South Bend, IN

“During my time here at RMUoHP, I have been challenged in all the right way to rethink how I clinically assess patients and movement. Throughout my program, I met amazing professors who are truly experts in their fields and always made me feel like I belonged to this community of health professionals. I can’t thank all the people at RMUoHP for helping me achieve my dream of coming back to school and achieving a graduate degree.”

Matt Anthony M.S., CPT, CES, PES , Stryker Orthopedics Boise, Idaho

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

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The National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Graduate Studies Program for successfully meeting established criteria.

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Join the next generation of health science
innovators

Do you dream of improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages? Are you hoping to pursue a doctoral degree and conduct breakthrough research in the field of health sciences? If so, earning your masters in health science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is the first step toward making your dreams a reality.

We invite you to talk with MSHS program alumni, attend a virtual information session, explore the program materials on our website, and meet with a program advisor who can help you decide if Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is the best choice for your professional and educational aspirations. We are here to help you make the best and most informed choices about your professional future in healthcare.

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Learn more about our MSHS program

We encourage you to learn more about what makes RMUoHP’s health science master’s program different from other online sport performance, health & wellness coaching, and rehabilitation science graduate degrees. Most of our students come to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions through the recommendation of a friend or colleague, and our alumni cannot say enough about our attentive faculty and flexible program.

Our graduates go on to change the lives of the populations they work with, both at the individual level and in their communities and fields as a whole. Because our program focuses so heavily on evidence-based practice, our students graduate with the ability to apply peer-reviewed research to their clinical practice and are prepared to obtain doctoral degrees in health science and other related fields. If you are ready to take your career and education to the next level, we encourage you to apply to Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

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of health sciences professionals who can:

MSHS Leadership

Demonstrate Ethical Leadership

Display knowledge and management of ethical and legal expectations and professional practice behaviors.

 
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Apply Current Research into Methodologies

Integrate current literature and evidence-based practices into patient assessment and professional practice.

 
MSHS Education

Develop Learner-Centered Instruction

Use evidence-based skills to teach client populations about best health practices and demonstrate instructional delivery skills based upon learner-centered methods.

 
MSHS Strategy

Optimize Professional Strategies

Modify clinical strategies using current research to optimize changing professional environments.

 

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