PBA Offers New Graduate Degree for Health Science Professionals

7/12/2021

Dr. Chris Hickey, director of the new Master of Science in Health Science, poses for a photo in the lab.Palm Beach Atlantic will launch a Master of Science in Health Science in the spring to prepare compassionate, dedicated professionals for work in the healthcare field.

The new master’s degree prepares healthcare professionals with education and practical experience that will further their professional goals. The program also readies students for graduate and professional schools by offering a competitive education.

Students in the master’s in Health Science will choose from two specialty concentrations: biomedical science or healthcare administration and leadership. The program is unique in that it contains the core course “Faith and Science,” and all courses incorporate the Christian faith in the curriculum. The degree can be completed in four semesters, with flexibility for non-traditional students.

Led by Dr. Chris Hickey, the Master of Science in Health Science is an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration of several academic disciplines already offered at PBA: biomedical science, pharmacology, biostatistics, healthcare policy, and faith and science. At the conclusion of the program, each graduate will complete a capstone project showcasing individual growth and achievement.

“This new and exciting graduate program was designed with a forward-thinking mentality to meet anticipated demands in the healthcare industry,” Hickey said. “Graduates will be better-positioned to make their own positive impact in the health sciences at both the local and global levels.”

The M.S. in Health Science program is tailored to provide the students with a variety of courses that fit their interests. Students complete eight common courses and choose a concentration with four courses.

Graduates are prepared to exercise their skills in laboratory and clinical research science, epidemiology, biostatistics, healthcare administration, healthcare consulting, healthcare project management, regulatory affairs, genetic counseling, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, health education and community health outreach.

Students will learn to synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, humanities and Christian faith to support ethical decision-making for optimal health outcomes, said Hickey. They will collaborate with leaders in healthcare disciplines to develop solutions for identified health needs at the local, regional and global level, and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and interpret scientific data.

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Photo: Dr. Chris Hickey, director of the new Master of Science in Health Science, poses in the lab.