The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Emergency Medical Services Leadership requires successful completion of 36 credit hours, including 6 credits of research coursework, 9 credit hours of strategic leadership courses, and 21 credit hours in the field of Emergency Medical Service. To gain admission into the MSHS program, students must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Graduate Research Courses (6 credit hours)
- HSCI 6263: Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.
- HSCI 6264: Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research
This course is designed to be a foundation of basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, students utilize this course to study and improve the health of populations and learn of its applications for translational research.
Strategic Leadership Courses (9 credit hours)
- HSCI 6223: Topics in Health Care Leadership
Requires students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. Topics in Healthcare Leadership is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing and ideas, and extrapolating current literature into practical application. The focus is on thinking. While very structured, the course is not didactic in nature. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.
- HSCI 6240: Issues and Trends in Health Systems
Designed to move to the student to a macro level of thinking about health care, and the issues and trends that affect industries operating under the umbrella of healthcare. This course is designed to have students work in teams to identify contemporary and critical trends, policies, and pressures that are shaping health care in the U.S. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.
- HSCI 6241: The Health Care Enterprise
Designed the around the development of an enterprise strategic plan, exposes the student to the essential components of business administration. The student identifies an enterprise, develops a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, a marketing strategy, and an economic model for sustainability. Through the development of an integrated strategic plan the student builds an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. This course has a primary deliverable outside of the weekly discussions in which material for the final plan is developed. Current environmental pressures and health care reform measures that have significant impact on the health care enterprise inform the course. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.
Emergency Medical Services (21 credit hours)
- EHS 6201: Response to High Impact Emergencies
Strategies for an effective response to large-scale and high-impact emergencies examined as the managerial foundation for development of a response policy.
- EHS 6203: Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Issues in EMS Leadership
Laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to emergency services. Implications for organizational policy and response requirements for executives, managers, and supervisors.
- EHS 6210: EMS Systems Design and Analysis
This course examines systems designs characteristics of high performance EMS systems based on excellence in emergency care, response time reliability, economic efficiency, and customer service from a strategic perspective.
- HSCI 6212: Teaching Strategies in EMS
The purpose of this course is to develop teaching skills pertinent to the delivery of education in emergency medical services. The course design illustrates teaching and learning practices grounded in Andragogy, contributing to curriculum program objectives of “enhancing teaching skills.”
- HSCI 6213: Curriculum Development in EMS
The purpose of this course is to develop curriculum development and assessment skills in emergency medical services. The course focuses on the variables that affect the manner in which individuals learn and interact within professions and organizations.
- EHS 6274: Economics & Finance in EMS
Issues of health care economics, financial management, and budgeting that relate to managerial decision-making. Applied financial management, management control systems, budgeting, staffing, and cost accounting.
- EHS 6275: Leadership and Change in EMS
Designed for the student to integrate all of the material from the EMSL program of study in a Masters level proposal for a research projects intended to address a major area of a change within emergency medical services and/or clinical research. The course includes a series of case studies for which the students evaluate and develop strategic alternatives. The final project is designed to have the student develop a proposal similar to chapter one of a research proposal that can then be pursed after graduation or through a doctoral level program.
Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines.
Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.