Graduate School of Health Professions

Dr. David Criswell, Interim Dean 


  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • Department of Healthcare Policy, Economics & Management
  • Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

The School of Health Professions offers a ‘High Tech and High Faculty, Staff and Student Interactive’ approach to earning a masters degree.  In the health industry, a masters degree is the entry point for a profession, a career in the health industry.

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program prepares students for leadership and management positions in healthcare delivery organizations such as hospitals, clinics, and payer organizations such as health insurance companies. Taught by experienced board-certified faculty, the MHA degree is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed for future leaders to meet the challenges of the health industry in the era of population health and value-based purchasing. The program will enable a career of opportunities and upward progression while providing leadership in the health industry so that communities, family, friends, and neighbors are healthy using methods, tools and applications that are efficient, effective and efficacious.

The generalized Master of Public Health (MPH) program specializes in rural community health and the unique needs posed by these vulnerable populations. The MPH courses are taught by individuals with notable leadership experience, not only in academia but in state and local public health programs and solutions. Our exceptional graduate degree is designed to be accessible to and affordable for students from communities in our region and beyond.

We also offer a graduate certificate in general public health. This certificate specializes in providing students with knowledge in the areas of environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, and social behavioral aspects of community health. In addition, students are able to select two additional elective courses in their areas of interest.

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is an entry-level program for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) with bachelor’s degrees who would like to become registered Occupational Therapists (OTRs). 

The Department of Kinesiology offers undergraduate degrees in Health, Kinesiology, and Wellness, and graduate degrees in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. Our degree programs offer a solid foundation in all aspects of Health and Kinesiology.