MS in Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Sciences

Promote Community and Public Health

Get ready to make an impact. From fighting diseases to working to improve awareness and access to medical services, receive the training you need for leadership in the community and public health industry with a Master of Science in health sciences from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Work side-by-side with expert faculty on research that’s enhancing health outcomes in East Texas. Students can deepen their understanding and gain experience by completing their thesis within a chosen area of interest or develop management and leadership skills via an internship. With evening classes and online study options, the next step forward in your health career is within reach.

Why Earn a Master’s in Health Sciences at UT Tyler?

Good health is one of the key foundations of a flourishing society. It doesn’t happen on its own. The community and public health industry needs passionate, knowledgeable professionals to educate, manage and lead our institutions and communities toward better health outcomes.

If you’re inspired by this vision and ready for the rigorous, hands-on training you need to do your part, take your next step with a master’s in health sciences from UT Tyler.

Our program gets you ready for what’s next with:

  • World-Class Faculty: Learn from faculty who are published scholars and experienced across a broad spectrum of health issues and careers, including managing health crises, conducting AIDS research and working in epidemiology.
  • Mentored Research: Participate in faculty-led projects, and conduct your own independent research under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
  • Specialization: Choose from five areas of focus to meet your career goals: Health and Behavior, Global Health Issues, Community Health and Wellness, Risk Analysis and Health Promotion, and Program Development and Evaluation.
  • Convenient Study Options: Fit your studies into your busy schedule with evening classes. Choose to study on campus or online, or combine both options for maximum flexibility.
  • Certification: Take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam to strengthen your résumé as a health educator. UT Tyler is an approved testing site.
  • Affordability: Build your professional skills without building a burden of debt. We offset our already-low tuition with graduate assistantships, scholarships and other forms of financial support.


The MS in Health Sciences is a 36-credit-hour program you can complete in two years. The program builds on related coursework from your undergraduate studies to give you advanced competence in research in community and public health issues for further exploration or a career in community or public health management.

The core consists of six courses, including classes like Biostatistics, Global Health, and Theories and Models in Health Behavior, to build a comprehensive grasp of issues in community and public health from a global perspective. Then, go deeper into an area of specialization.

From there, you have two options. Complete a thesis based on your own research project, or engage in an internship for hands-on organizational experience.

Graduates of the program know how to:

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual and group needs for interventions aimed at promoting health and preventing disease.
  • Administer specialized community and public health activities and programs.
  • Critique, conduct and contribute to research related to health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Serve as an advocate for improvements in the fields of health promotion and disease prevention through effective education of individuals, groups and communities.

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What Can You Do With a Master’s in Health Sciences?

Use your knowledge of public health and skills as a researcher to start making an impact right away in settings ranging from community and public health centers to hospitals to government offices. Your work can focus on areas like program creation, administration or education. Master's in health sciences graduates have found their calling in positions including:

Or, leverage your growing expertise and research experience with further studies at the doctoral level.

How to Apply

To be eligible for admission to the master’s in health sciences program, you must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution in a field closely related to the mission of the program.

To be considered for admission, please submit or provide proof of:

  • A completed online application.
  • Official transcripts for all prior college- or graduate-level work, submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all upper-division undergraduate hours or an earned graduate degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Three strong letters of recommendation from individuals in professional positions who can validly comment on your suitability for graduate studies in general and for studies in health sciences in particular.
  • A statement of goals.

Additional requirements for applicants with bachelor’s degrees from foreign institutions include Proof of English Proficiency and an International Transcript Evaluation. Review application requirements for international graduate students.

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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The estimated tuition for full-time, in-state, on-campus enrollment is $15,660. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

April 15

Application deadline for summer admission for domestic students. Note: International students are not eligible for summer admission.

April 30

Application deadline for fall admission for international students.

August 15

Application deadline for fall admission for domestic students.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens for the upcoming academic year.

October 30

Application deadline for spring admission for international students.

December 20

Application deadline for spring admission for domestic students.

Next Steps

Your future starts here. Advance your career in public health at UT Tyler.