Graduate Programs


Public Health, MPH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program delivers a comprehensive curriculum of core public health functions, with two specialized concentrations options in Global Health and Social Justice, and Health Education and Promotion. The program prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and practices to manage the health and safety concerns of local and global communities.

Students study the impact of recent public health issues, policy and procedures, and develop hands-on experience through a culminating experience such as a practicum with a public health agency. The MPH degree program offers real-world, practical experience in our established internship program with nationally recognized medical centers, hospitals, and clinics; county and city health departments, voluntary health agencies and foundations; international humanitarian and disaster relief organizations; and governmental health programs.


Health Care Quality and Safety, MS

The Master of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety program is an executive degree program designed to prepare busy health care professionals for leadership roles in the quality and safety areas in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other health care organizations.

Professionals in health care quality and safety manage the strategic and operational aspects of quality operations; establish goals and standards; lead the quality improvement programs; provide training and coaching in quality improvement tools and techniques; develop, implement and monitor measures to assess quality performance; direct organization-wide quality initiatives including the National Patient Safety Initiatives; and direct ongoing monitoring of accreditation survey readiness activities.

This is a 16-month cohort program with a new cohort beginning each fall semester. The program will require 36 credit hours and will have a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Classes will be offered online, but students will be required to participate in a week-long residential learning session at the beginning of each semester at SHSU’s The Woodlands Center. Applicants with healthcare work experience in clinical or non-clinical settings are preferred.

Master of Science in Health

*As of September 1, 2020, this program is no longer accepting students, it has been replaced by the Master of Public Health.