The Master of Health Sciences program in Academic Health Sciences Studies is designated to prepare and advance educational leaders and scholars who will promote excellence in teaching and learning, translate theory and novel strategies to the learning environment, expand the evidence base in health professions education, and link education, research and practice in transforming systems of healthcare.
The Master of Health Sciences program is designed for credentialed health professionals interested in pursuing or advancing their careers in academic health sciences. Candidates from across the healthcare spectrum are welcome to apply to this innovative interprofessional program. The rich variety of health professional backgrounds brings a wide range of voices and perspectives to the program, creating a truly diverse experience.
The MHS in Academic Health Sciences is a competency-based 36 credit program, which can be completed part-time in approximately two years. The program's flexible format meets the needs of working professionals by offering required and elective courses online, with a one-week intensive on-campus summer residency in Boston.
Prior to the completion of the capstone project, candidates will be expected to attend a one-week residency at MCPHS University in Boston, MA, in July. The University is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA). Within an approximate 20 square block campus, MCPHS University is situated among several prestigious academic and healthcare institutions. Boston is accessible to any commuter. Use the "T" (Boston's public transportation network) to get from our campus to your residency within minutes.
The MHS program in Academic Health Sciences is based on core competencies outlined in the Springer Series on Medical Education, edited by Steven Jonas, MD, Volume 12, Successful Faculty in Academic Medicine: Essential Skills and How to Acquire Them; the National League for Nursing: Core Competencies of Nurse Educators; and evidence-based research in faculty development in health professions education.
The Master of Health Sciences program in Academic Health Sciences prepares a new generation of health professionals to serve as health professions educators and leaders for schools and training programs related to medicine, public health, nursing, and other health professions. Graduates may serve as faculty, department chairs, deans, curriculum coordinators and clinical training directors in academic institutions or staff development coordinators, training directors, and continuing education professionals in healthcare organizations.