The master’s degree program in health and safety requires a minimum of 32 credit hours of which at least one-half must be at the 600 level. A minimum of 18 to 24 credits (depending on the area of specialization) must be taken within the department, and (again, depending on the area of specialization) a minimum of six credit hours must be taken outside the department. Two degrees are offered for some of the specializations: the M.A., requiring a six-credit thesis; and the M.S., which entails a three-credit individual field research project. The minimum time to complete the course of study on a full-time basis is normally one full calendar year. It would be realistic, however, to plan for more than one year of study if the thesis option is selected or if the specialization requires the thesis.
The master of arts program in community health provides a general mastery of community health promotion beyond the undergraduate level. It is particularly recommended for those students who wish to advance in their career beyond the local level; who wish to assume additional organizational responsibility; or who wish to pursue the doctorate.
General requirements include a minimum of 33 credits, which includes an internship and a thesis. Requirements to meet deficiencies must be satisfied early in the student’s program.