Mission and Vision
The Department of Health Sciences Education supports Western University of Health Sciences’ mission by increasing the availability of health care educators. The department further meets the health care needs of the community by preparing graduate level Community Health Educators.
The Department mission relates to the institutional mission in that health professions educators are integral to the production of humanistic, competent health care providers. The Department further relates to the institutional mission in producing Community Health Educators whose primary role is to enhance and extend the quality of life of our communities.
Our vision is to become the leader in providing educational programs. Graduates will be experts and leaders in health education, promotion, and delivery, dedicated to fostering the development of future professionals and contributing to the body of knowledge in the health sciences.
The faculty includes scholars, researchers and administrators from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. All are committed to the improvement of teaching and practice in the health professions through the process of professional development. The broad interest of the faculty provides special opportunities to cross the boundaries between various health care disciplines and education, depending on the unique scope of the students’ experience.
Please click on the MSHS Faculty and Staff link to learn more about the MSHS faculty at WUHS.
Overview of Academic Programs
The Master of Science in Health Sciences at Western University prepares graduates for leadership roles in Health Professions Education and Community Health Education. Emphasis is placed on applied leadership, the examination of organizational dynamics and the executive skills necessary to meet the administrative needs of health education teams in a variety of settings
The curriculum is designed to meet the educational and professional demands of the Health Sciences Professional. Course delivery is accomplished within an integrated context of theory and practice that meets the academic requirements for a graduate degree in Health Sciences. Course work is formulated and designed to promote knowledge, values and skills essential for competent teaching, program design and evaluation, leadership and scholarly inquiry.
The Department of Health Sciences offers opportunities for students to pursue a Master of Science in Health Sciences degree specializing in Health Professions Education. Students may focus their studies in either one of three tracks:
To learn more about these tracks, select the links. To find out how to apply to the MSHS program, please visit our Prospective Student area.
Western University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC. 985 Atlantic Ave., # 100 Alameda, Ca. 94501. Phone number 501-748-9001). an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Western University is also approved as a degree-granting institution by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in the State of California.