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Master of Health Science:

The Master of Health Science program at Montana State provides students with an opportunity to diversify or further solidify their educational foundation through graduate education that can be applied to any of several career paths in the healthcare field. The program supports the educational endeavors of Montana State graduates, post baccalaureate pre-medical certificate students, and non-certificate students who attend MSU to better prepare for entry into health care-related professional schools.  In addition to applying to various graduate programs in the healthcare field, some students choose to pursue a Ph.D. following the program.



Program Details

Some basics include:

  • Minimum: 9 credits from Emphasis, 24 course credits, 3 scholarly project credits (HMED or CHTH 575, w/presentation); 30 credits total.
  • Maximum: 9 credits from 400 level, 9 credits from transfer (UM, MSU-B), 6 credits (HMED or CHTH 575).
  • Special courses: 491, 492, 588 and 589 credits do not apply. No limit for 595 credits. 592, 594, and 598 credits cannot constitute more than 1/3 of total credits. HMED 540 Clinical Practicum HMED or CHTH 575 Scholarly project, and HMED 594 Journal Club apply to each Emphasis.
  • # Course listing serves as an example of potential opportunities. Access to any given course will depend on availability and completion of appropriate pre-requisites. There is no guarantee that any particular course will be offered or available.
  • With limited course exceptions, this program is offered fully in person and intended (but not required) to be completed in two semesters or one year.

Track Options

This graduate program offeres three different tracks allowing students specilize in their prefered area of study. Below are the track descriptions and course curriculum. 


Core Focus: Strengthens students’ understanding of the core concepts of microbiology, immunology, and cellular functions.

BCH 441 Biochemistry of Macromolecules 3
BCH 442 Metabolic Regulation 3
BCH 444R Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Methods 3
BCH 524 Mass Spectrometry 3
BCH 543 Proteins 3
BIOB 410 Immunology 3
BIOB 425 Adv Cell & Molecular Biology 3
or BIOB 525 Adv. Cell & Molecular Biology
BIOB 524 Ethical Practice of Science 3
BIOH 405 Hematology 3
BIOH 422 Genes and Cancer 3
BIOH 511 Advanced Human Anatomy 4
BIOH 445 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
BIOH 465R Gene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells 3
or BIOH 565 Gene Expression Lab: From Genes to Proteins to Cells
NEUR 435 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
NEUR 455 Molecular Medicine 3
BIOM 400 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOM 425 Toxicology: Science of Poisons 3
or MB 527 Toxicology
BIOM 431 Medical Bacteriology 3
BIOM 441 Eukaryotic Pathogens 4
BIOO 412 Animal Physiology 3
EMEC 424 Cellular Mechanotransduction 3
HSTR 417 Early Modern Science 3
HSTR 419 Modern Science 3
IMID 501 Exper Immunology/Pathology 3
IMID 505 Gene Regulation in Human Development, Disease, and Immunity 3
MB 505 Host-Associated Microbiomes 4
MB 520 Microbial Physiology 3
MB 525 Advanced Immunology 3
MB 528 Advanced Genetics 3
MB 530 Virology 3
BIOH 509 Advanced Human Torso Anatomy 4
HMED 575 Professional Paper and Project 1-4
HMED 540 Clinical Practicum 1
HMED 594 Seminar 1


Core Focus: Provides a foundation for understanding community health with a focus on advancing public health and promoting the well-being of communities related to  health care administration, education, non-profit, government or other community health organizations and settings.

AC 502 Psychopharmacology (Sp) 3
AC 504 Alcohol and Drug Studies (Fa) 3
CHTH 405 Caregiving & Aging Families 3
CHTH 430 Mental Health & Soc Iss in Ag  3
CHTH 435 Human Response Stress 3
CHTH 502 Theories and Models in Health (Fa) 3
CHTH 575 Paper-Project 1-6
HADM 445 Managing Healthcare Orgs  3
HDCO 554 Develop Across Lifespans  (Sp) 3
HDCO 563 Multicultural Awareness  (Fa) 3
HDFS 545 Contemporary Family Issues (Sp) 3
HTH 455 The Ethics of Care (Fa) 3



 Total: 30 Credits

Substitutions with Approval on HHD advisor - Dr. Dan Koltz

Core Focus: Emphasizes nutrition, social psychology, and pharmacology to prepare students for a better understanding of preventive medicine.

AC 502 Psychopharmacology (Sp)     3
AC 504 Alcohol and Drug Studies (Fa)     3
BIOH 511 Advanced Anatomy (Sp)    4
CHTH 430 Mental Health & Soc Iss Ag (Sp) 3
CHTH 435 Human Response Stress (Sp) 3
CHTH 502 Health Theories (Fa) 3
CHTH 575 Paper/Project TBD 
HADM 445  Managing Health Orgs 3
HDCO 563 Multicultural Awareness (Fa) 3
KIN 515 Exercise Perf & Nutrition (Fa) 3

Total: 30 Credits

Substitutions with Approval on HHD advisor - Dr. Dan Koltz



  • Hold a Baccalaureate degree by the time of matriculation into MSU program
  • Recommended pre-requisites include:
    • 1 year of Introductory biology
    • 1 year of Introductory physics
    • 1 year of General chemistry
    • 1 year of Organic chemistry
    • 1 semester of statistics 
  • Admission requirements of the Graduate School

* Students can work with their MSc advisor to take some of these courses to fill knowledge gaps

Total tuition for in-state students is $8,480, out-of-state $32,760

Application Requirements

     Click here to apply. Each application will need the following:

  • Official transcripts: From all universities and colleges attended are required. Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the online application. Official transcripts will be required if admitted; they can be sent to [email protected]
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Letters are managed solely via the online application. Letter writers will upload their letters to the application system once you have entered your recommenders contact information (letters should not be mailed or emailed directly to the department).
  • Statement of health care interest. Your statement should have your name and must specify your track of interest indicated in the upper right corner.

NOTE: Applications are accepted year-round, we use a rolling admission. Admitted students can start at the beginning of Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

  • Fall: Applications due between Dec 1 - August 1
  • Spring: Applications due between July 1 - December 15