Graduate Health Sciences

Christina Mortellaro, Ph.D. - Director, Graduate Health Sciences Program

The Master of Science in Health Sciences degree is a 36 credit hour program designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the healthcare industry. Our students will develop and refine problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to respond to critical needs in various healthcare settings, and improve quality care and educational outcomes.

The rigor of the program, with its grounding in the health sciences, will demand academic excellence of the students. Instilling the ideals of ethical and compassionate care in our students directly aligns with our mission of serving compassionately and promoting justice in healthcare. Through courses in ethics and leadership, the program will strengthen the students’ leadership skills so they are able to ethically and effectively work within, lead, or educate interprofessional healthcare teams and improve overall health-related outcomes.

Program Availability

The program will be offered online and is designed for both full-time and part-time study designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to work around their own needs and schedules.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 36 semester hours. 


Saint Peter’s University assigns an academic advisor from the Health Sciences Department to every candidate.

Time Limitation

Students are expected to enroll continuously until their programs are completed. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by maintaining the required grade point average and accumulating sufficient credits within the stipulated time frame of five years.

HL-500Statistical Methods3
HL-505Research Methods and Design3
HL-520Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare3
HL-530Cultural Diversity and Disparities in Healthcare3
HL-595Health Services, Issues and Trends3
HL-685Capstone Project (Capstone)3
Electives (Select 2 courses)6
Community Mental Health and Wellness
Global Health
Health Behavior
Specialty Track (Chose 3 courses from one track or any 3 from any track for "General Studies"9
Track I: Health Education
Curriculum Design and Development
Styles of Teaching and Learning
Health Promotion and Education
Track II: Health Leadership
Health Care Financing and Risk Management
Current Issues and Policies in Health Care
Health Care Administration
Health Care Administration II
Total Credits36