Master of Health Science

The mission of the Master of Health Science (MHS) program is to prepare existing health care professionals to be effective teachers and leaders who are capable of serving diverse learners within health care organizations and allied health degree programs.

The MHS program is a fully online program designed to provide small cohort instruction in 8-week classes, one subject at a time, allowing health care professionals to complete their master's degree while working full-time. Cohorts begin each fall.


  • Master of Health Science Degree in Health Care Education – The MHS master’s degree in health care education is available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, hold a credential or license in a health care profession or specialty, have two years professional work experience in a healthcare environment and are interested in pursuing a master’s degree. Professional experience may include but is not limited to, healthcare administration, health information technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, dental hygiene or other healthcare specialties.
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Care Education The post-graduate certificate in health care education is available to students to students who have completed a clinical master’s or doctorate degree who would like to pursue a career in education at the postsecondary level.  The 9-credit hour certificate includes courses in foundational theory, assessment in healthcare education and curriculum and instruction. According to the National League for Nursing, a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing + 9 hours of graduate-level education courses meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Therefore, this 9-hour post-graduate certificate that includes courses in foundational theory, assessment in healthcare education and curriculum and instruction fulfills this requirement.

Application Deadline

  • Cohorts begin each fall. The priority deadline is MARCH 15. Additional applications may be accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis.

Key Points You Should Know…

  • 100% online program
  • No GRE required
  • Same tuition rate for resident and non-resident students

Do You Live Outside of Kansas?

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) - States require Washburn University be authorized to deliver distance and online education to their residents. Washburn University is a participant in the SARA initiative, which is a state-level reciprocity process aimed at making the effort to obtain state authorizations more efficient for institutions and to make it easier for students to enroll in distance education programs outside of the states in which they reside. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. For a map showing SARA membership by state, please visit

Contact the Program Faculty

Becky Dodge, Program Coordinator     785.670.1440


Allied Health
Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170
Or: 785.670.2176

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