Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

School of Health Sciences

Administration

Ralph F. Linstra, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D., C.H.E.S.
Dean, School of Health Sciences
Professor of Public and Community Health


Beverly S. Mahoney, R.N., B.S., M.S., Ph.D., M.C.H.E.S., F.A.S.H.A., F.A.A.H.E.
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
Professor of Public and Community Health


Mark A. Tinsley, B.S., M.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Th.M., D. Min.
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Earth Science

FACULTY
The faculty roster can be viewed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=21 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

PURPOSE
The School of Health Sciences provides students graduate education and skill development opportunities in Biomedical Sciences, Exercise Science, and Public Health with an emphasis on the Christian worldview.


Department of Biology & Chemistry

David A. DeWitt, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biology & Chemistry
Professor of Biology

Ben Kalu, M.S., M.D.
Director, M.S. in Biomedical Sciences program
Assistant Professor of Biology


 

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (M.S.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a 39-hour graduate level program that serves primarily as a post-baccalaureate academic enhancement program to improve students’ academic record and increase their chances for admission to medical school and other professional programs.  The program has three delivery formats:  a one year residential format, a two year residential format and a two year online format scheduled to begin in spring 2015.  The online format will include residential intensive labs.  Courses are taught from a biblical worldview and the program includes a required course in biomedical ethics.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific knowledge to problem solving in the biomedical sciences.
  2. Synthesize and interpret information from the biomedical science literature.
  3. Defend ethical decisions in biomedicine based on biblical principles.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.);
  2. Official college transcript documenting the minimum GPA requirement and course prerequisites should be submitted.  Minimum GPA for the one-year program is 3.00 and the minimum GPA for the two-year program is 2.75. 

    Prerequisite courses include: 
  • one year of general chemistry with lab
  • one year of biology with lab
  • one semester organic chemistry with residential lab (2 semesters recommended)
  • one semester physics with residential lab (2 semesters recommended)
  • one year human anatomy/physiology with residential lab or one semester histology with residential lab
  • The following additional courses are recommended but not required prerequisites:
    • Genetics, Microbiology, Statistics
    • One semester cell biology or one semester biochemistry
  1. Students must submit one of the following tests with a minimum score
  • MCAT 20 for the one-year program or MCAT 18 for the two-year program.  No score below 6; or
  • GRE Verbal 140, Quantitative 145; or
  • DAT 14.5 average
  • PCAT 70 or higher (No score below 18 except speaking must be 16+)
  1. Three faculty letters of recommendation are required (must be on university or company letterhead with signature.)  These should document the candidate’s potential for medical/ professional school and how the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences program would be beneficial and the candidate’s aptitude for graduate level work.

  2. Acceptance to the one year M.S. in Biomedical Science track may be granted based on a recommendation from Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 15 hours of graduate course work from an accredited institution,   In order to be eligible for transfer, course work must have a minimum grade of B-, and must have been completed in the past five (5) years.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Satisfactory completion of 39 hours.
  2. A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. 3.00 GPA
  5. No grades of C or D (including +/- grades) may be applied to the degree.
  6. Students may earn one grade of C+/C/C-, which must be repeated for a grade of B- or higher.
  7. Students who earn more than one grade of C+/C/C-, or any grade of D+ and lower, will be administratively dismissed from the program.
  8. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  9. Degree must be completed within 5 years.
  10. Submit Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

 

(M.S.) Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (39 hrs)
Program Option: Online (Available Spring 2015) and Resident Formats
Core Courses (39 hrs)
BCHM 551 Biochemistry 4
BIOM 503 Human Genetics 3
BIOM 513 Human Gross Anatomy 5
BIOM 515 Human Physiology 5
BIOM 600 Biomedical Ethics 3
BIOM 610 Human Neurology and Neuroanatomy 3
BIOM 615 Advanced Cell Biology 4
BIOM 620 Advanced Immunology 3
BIOM 625 Microbial Pathogenesis and Virology 3
BIOM 630 Principles of Pathology 3
HLTH 501 Biostatistics 3

Department of Public and Community Health

Annette Florence, B.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H
Chair, Department of Public and Community Health
Associate Professor of Public and Community Health

Ashley Tharpe, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Public and Community Health
Assistant Professor of Public and Community Health

Richard Lane, B.S., M.P.H & T.M., M.D. F.A.C.P.M.
Director, Master of Public Health Program
Professor of Public and Community Health

PURPOSE
The Department of Public and Community Health provides an integrated approach to health, offering competency-based and practice-focused preparation for successful careers in public health and healthcare. Through a Christian worldview, students will learn to strategically address the health needs of priority populations from the individual to the global level using a variety of health promotion and education strategies. 

The department is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs applicable to a variety of practice settings and situations, as well as further education in clinical and professional fields.  Students completing the program and meeting the prerequisites will be eligible for professional certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (CHES).


Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Public Health program is for individuals wishing to impact the world for Christ through the ministry of health. The degree can enhance the professional preparedness of a recent college graduate or the seasoned professional. Physicians, nurses, health educators, lawyers and social workers are among the many professionals who have benefitted by augmenting their knowledge and skill base with a MPH degree. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Collaborate to establish community health priorities based on assessments of community needs and assets.
  2. Plan strategies to improve the public’s health at each level of the ecological continuum.
  3. Evaluate strategies to improve the public’s health at each level of the ecological continuum.
  4. Communicate a shared vision for improving public health outcomes in organizational and community settings.
  5. Develop an appropriate research design to assess health status or health system outcomes based on epidemiologic data.
  6. Defend the Christian worldview regarding ethical choices and professional practices in public health.

Global Health Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply public health strategies in cross-cultural settings.

Health Promotion Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply Health Education best practices to public health.

Nutrition Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply best practices in human nutrition for diverse populations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Public Health is a 42 hour program that offers three concentrations: Global Health, Health Promotion and Nutrition.  Students complete 18 core hours in five disciplines: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences. These classes are combined with 24 credit hours in one of three concentrations: Nutrition, Health Promotion, and Global Health.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the Master of Public Health program requires:

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester. Students who have less than an undergraduate 2.00 GPA will not be admitted to the program.


TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to nine (9) graduate credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval.  In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program.  Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Satisfactory completion of 42 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of nine (9) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree.
  4. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  5. No more than two grades of “C” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  6. No grades of “D” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  7. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  8. Degree must be completed within five years.
  9. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Programs of Study

(M.P.H.) Master of Public Health (42 hrs)
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Core Courses (18 hrs)
HLTH 501 Biostatistics 3
HLTH 503 Principles of Epidemiology 3
HLTH 505 Principles of Environmental Health 3
HLTH 507 Public Health Administration 3
HLTH 509 Social and Behavioral Theory Applications in Public Health 3
HLTH 511 Research Methods in Public Health 3
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
Select from the following concentrations: Global Health, Health Promotion, or Nutrition
Elective Courses (6 hrs)

Concentrations

(M.P.H.) Master of Public Health - Global Health Concentration (18 hrs)
Core Courses (18 hrs)
Global Health Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
HLTH 620 Introduction to Global Health 3
HLTH 622 Primary Healthcare in Developing Countries 3
HLTH 623 Cultural Aspects of Health Behavior 3
HLTH 624 Sanitation in Developing Countries 3
HLTH 625 Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 3
HLTH 698 Practicum 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs)  1
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 642, COMS 532, HLTH 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 556, 626, 630, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 637, 640, 642, 643, 644, 645 or LEAD 610 6

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute the electives with six credit hours from the following courses: LAW 525, 582, 721, 740, 741, 743, 745, 747, 755, 760, 761, 771 or 805

(M.P.H.) Master of Public Health - Health Promotion Concentration (18 hrs)
Core Courses (18 hrs)
Health Promotion Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
HLTH 630 Principles of Community Health 3
HLTH 632 Health Program Planning 3
HLTH 633 Health Program Evaluation 3
HLTH 634 Health Communication and Advocacy 3
HLTH 635 Health Agency Management 3
HLTH 698 Practicum 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs)  1
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 642, COMS 532, HLTH 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 556, 620, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 636, 637, 640, 642, 643, 644, 645 or LEAD 610 6

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute the electives with six credit hours from the following courses: LAW 525, 582, 601, 605, 608, 610, 721, 741, 743, 745, 747, 755, 760, 761, 771 or 805

(M.P.H.) Master of Public Health - Nutrition Concentration (18 hrs)
Core Courses (18 hrs)
Nutrition Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
HLTH 640 Principles of Nutrition 3
HLTH 642 Food-borne Illness Prevention 3
HLTH 643 Nutrition and Chronic Disease 3
HLTH 644 Diabetes, Obesity and Eating Disorders 3
HLTH 645 Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active 3
HLTH 698 Practicum 3
Elective Courses (6 hrs)  1
Choose two of the following courses for which prerequisites have been met: BMAL 500, 501, BUSI 642, COMS 532, HLTH 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 556, 620, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 630, 632, 633, 634, 635, 636, 637 or LEAD 610 6

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute the electives with six credit hours from the following courses: LAW 525, 582, 601, 605, 608, 610, 721, 741, 743, 745, 747, 755, 760, 761, 771 or 805.


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the Master of Public Health program are available online from the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


School of Health Sciences - Graduate Certificates

The School of Health Sciences offers graduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.      

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 9 total hours.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University.
  3. 2.00 GPA.
  4. No grade of D (includes grades of D+ & D-) may be applied to the certificate.
  5. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  6. Submit a Certificate Completion Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management (9 hrs)
HLTH 551 Christian Ethics and Health Behavior 3
HLTH 553 Grant Acquisition and Management 3
HLTH 556 Politics and Health Policy 3


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