Public Health Science Graduate Programs
The online Master of Arts in Aging graduate program is designed for students with minimal training in aging studies from such areas as public health sciences, communicative disorders, nursing and allied health, exercise science, social work and mental health.
The online dual/accelerated bachelor's to master's in Aging Studies is designed to prepare qualified students for graduate work in Aging Studies at WSU, while allowing them to earn dual credit towards their bachelor's degree. The accelerated program is ideal for undergraduate students across multiple disciplines entering their junior/senior year. A student admitted to the accelerated program will be allowed to enroll in courses for graduate credit (up to 9 credit hours) while completing their undergraduate degree requirements. Allowed dual credit hours include AGE 717, AGE 798, and AGE 818.
The online Masters in Health Administration (MHA) program will prepare students to plan, direct, manage, and coordinate medical and health services. Graduates of the MHA program will be equipped with the required knowledge, skills, and qualities that health care organization employers deem important to serve in an administrative capacity. The program will prepare students in areas of management, health care finance, human resource administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.
The online Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program in Health Administration is designed to prepare qualified students for graduate work in health administration at WSU through a coordinated accelerated program leading to both a Bachelor of Science in Health Management and a Master of Health Administration. A student admitted to the accelerated program will be allowed to enroll in courses for graduate credit (up to 9 credit hours) while completing their undergraduate degree requirements for health management.
Other Supplemental Options
A graduate certificate in aging studies (GCAGE) allows graduate students and working professionals to expand their knowledge of the fundamental concepts of aging, to better serve an aging population they frequently encounter. The GCAGE prepares students in aging-specific areas of health communication, navigating the Medicare system, biological processes, public health priorities, and interprofessional perspectives.
A graduate certificate in health administration allows students to complement existing experience and educational background in business, finance, or related management/leadership, building upon that knowledge base to better plan, direct, manage, and coordinate medical and health services. The program prepares students in areas of health care leadership, operations management, strategic planning, health care policy, law and ethics, and trends in the health care delivery system.
A graduate certificate in public health provides documentation that a student has completed a core set of public health courses beyond the bachelor’s degree level. Collaborative Graduate Programs The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) shares its’ expertise and coursework in leadership and health administration with two additional graduate degree programs at WSU.
- Coursework for the concentration in Health Care Administration for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) are also PHS courses and taught by PHS faculty.
- Coursework for the concentration in Nursing Leadership and Administration for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are also PHS courses and taught by PHS faculty.
The Graduate Emphasis in Aging Studies is a concentrated degree in aging studies that may be taken as a part of a graduate degree program in another department. This program is suited for professionals in any field where older people make up a significant and increasing client population. This program is designed to provide students with elective courses to pursue emphasis in such areas as business, education, psychology, sociology, and biology studies.
AIT is a practicum placement available to individuals with a bachelor's degree, who have had course work in aging/gerontology or long-term care, management concepts and finance or accounting. This placement is designed to help prepare students to become a licensed nursing home administrator.