Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [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

 

FACULTY
The faculty roster can be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=23 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 and 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

PURPOSE
The Department of Biology and Chemistry provides baccalaureate programs in biology, biomedical sciences, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental biology, forensic science, biopsychology, zoo and wildlife biology, zoology, and biochemistry, and services courses in biology and chemistry for Resident and Online Programs. Our programs seek both to transmit and expand knowledge as well as to provide opportunities for research and service. The Department is a community of persons who are voluntarily linked in the pursuit of knowledge, providing a reasoned presentation of these academic disciplines in relation to the Christian faith. The Department’s mission is to communicate academic content, Christian values, and requisite skills, all of which prepare persons for a lifetime process of learning and service.


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 and Resident Formats
Core Courses (39 hrs)
BCHM 551 Biochemistry 4
BIOM 503 Human Genetics 3
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
Choose one of the following: 5
BIOM 513 Human Gross Anatomy
OR
BIOM 523 Human Gross Anatomy Lecture
BIOM 524 Human Anatomy Cadaver Lab
Choose one of the following: 5
BIOM 515 Human Physiology
OR
BIOM 525 Human Physiology Lecture
BIOM 526 Human Physiology Lab

Department of Health Professions

James Schoffstall, B.S., M.S.Ed., Ed.D., CSCS, EP-C, RCEP, FACSM
Chair, Department of Health Professions
Professor of Health Professions

Andrew Bosak, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., CSCS, EP-C
Director, M.S. in Exercise Science Program
Professor of Health Professions

PURPOSE
The Department of Health Professions faculty members are committed to preparing students in three areas: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Kinesiology.  Each area leads to a Bachelor of Science degree; additionally the department offers a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science.  Our objective is to encourage student growth in these disciplines from the Christian worldview in preparation for employment/graduate education as they pursue God’s purpose for their lives.

Master of Science in Exercise Science

PURPOSE
The Master of Science in Exercise Science is an advanced degree designed to broaden understanding of health, wellness, and performance in a variety of client populations. This program gives students the opportunity to further their knowledge in the core of exercise science (exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, statistics and research methods), while specializing in one of four cognate areas: human performance, nutrition, clinical, or community physical activity.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and explain the concepts in all core curricular areas of exercise science.
  2. Interpret scientific information in the area of exercise science.
  3. Synthesize research data and scientific writings in the area of exercise science.
  4. Develop programming that will enhance health and performance parameters of general, athletic, or clinical populations.
  5. The student will be able to evaluate ethical choices and professional practices in exercise science from a Christian worldview.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science in Exercise Science is a 35 hour program that offers four cognates: Human Performance, Clinical, Community Physical Activity, and Nutrition. Students complete 17 core hours in five disciplines: exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition, statistics and research methods, with labs in exercise physiology and biomechanics. These classes are combined with 12 credit hours in one of the four cognate area and 6 credit hours of either thesis or internship.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to candidacy in the Master of Science in Exercise Science 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 3.00 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 all of the above requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis for nine hours of graduate coursework. 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 2.50 GPA will not be admitted to the program.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to six (6) 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 35 total hours.
  2. A minimum of 29 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty.
  3. A maximum of six (6) 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. Liberty University course work that is more than seven years old may not be applied towards this degree.  Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  10. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  11. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  12. Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.

Program of Study

(M.S.) Master of Science in Exercise Science (35 hrs)
Program Options: Online or Resident Format
Core Courses (17 hrs)
EXSC 510 Advanced Exercise Physiology 3
EXSC 511 Advanced Exercise Physiology Lab 1
EXSC 520 Statistical Analysis in Exercise Science 3
EXSC 525 Research Methods in Exercise Science 3
EXSC 550 Advanced Biomechanical Analysis 3
EXSC 551 Advanced Biomechanical Analysis Lab 1
HLTH 645 Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Clinical; Community Physical Activity; Human Performance; or Nutrition.
Internship or Thesis Courses (6 hrs)
Choose the Internship Track or Thesis Track
Internship Track
EXSC 699 Internship 6
Thesis Track
EXSC 689 Thesis Proposal and Design 3
EXSC 690 Thesis Defense 3

Cognates

(M.S.) Master of Science in Exercise Science - Clinical Cognate (12 hrs)
Clinical Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EXSC 610 Graded Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography 3
EXSC 635 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations: Cardiac and Pulmonary Disorders 3
EXSC 637 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations: Chronic Health Conditions 3
NURS 506 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology 3
(M.S.) Master of Science in Exercise Science - Community Physical Acitivity Cogante (12 hrs)
Community Physical Activity Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EXSC 633 Exercise and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities 3
EXSC 640 Public Health and Physical Activity 3
EXSC 650 Promoting Physical Activity in the Community 3
EXSC 660 Fitness Assessment and Programming 3
(M.S.) Master of Science in Exercise Science - Human Performance Cognate (12 hrs)
Human Performance Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
EXSC 540 Advanced Strength Development 3
EXSC 541 Advanced Speed and Agility 3
EXSC 542 Advanced Conditioning & Recovery 3
EXSC 545 Motor Learning and Performance 3
(M.S.) Master of Science in Exercise Science - Nutrition Cognate (12 hrs)
Nutrition Cognate Courses (12 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

Department of Public and Community Health

Annette Florence, B.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H, M.C.H.E.S.
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 an 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.

The Master of Public Health program uses a gate system to monitor student progress during preparation for a career in public health. Upon admission to the Graduate School students will be advised to complete HLTH 501(biostatistics) as the first course in the MPH program. Students will be invited to apply for degree candidacy after successful completion of HLTH 501 with a grade of C or better. A total of 9 credit hours may be attempted prior to making application for candidacy. This gate is used to verify student desire and competencies to complete the MPH degree. Additional gates have been established to ensure all degree requirements are completed at the appropriate stage of student development.


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)
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
(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)
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
(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)
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

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

Three certificates in Health Science corresponding to the current concentration areas in the Master of Public Health degree are available to students wanting to broaden their understanding of an additional concentration area or explore a particular concentration area without obtaining an MPH degree.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. 15 total credit hours corresponding to the concentration area on the Master of Public Health degree completion plans.
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University
  3. 2.0 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 Global Health

Global Health students will be able to apply the principles of and incorporate best practices in global health as they relate to public health, disease prevention, and improved quality of life among various populations.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (15 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

Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion

Students will be able to apply the principles of and incorporate best practices in health promotion as they relate to public health, disease prevention, and improved quality of life among various populations.

Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (15 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

Graduate Certificate in Nutrition

Nutrition students will be able to apply the principles of and incorporate best practices in human nutrition as they relate to public health, disease prevention, and improved quality of life among various populations.

Graduate Certificate in Nutrition (15 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


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