Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

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


PROGRAM DIRECTORS
A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


FACULTY
All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=28 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

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:

  1. one year of general chemistry with lab
  2. one year of biology with lab
  3. one semester organic chemistry with residential lab (2 semesters recommended)
  4. one semester physics with residential lab (2 semesters recommended)
  5. At least four of the following courses;
    1. One year of Anatomy/ Physiology OR One semester of Physiology Or One semester of Anatomy
    2. Genetics
    3. Microbiology
    4. Cell Biology
    5. Biochemistry
  6. Students who have not completed four of the courses in (e.) will be required to enroll in BIOM 500 Introduction to Biomedical Science and receive a minimum grade of B-.
  1. Accept on caution (Residential and Online)
    1. For all new graduate applicants who apply to the 1-year Biomedical Sciences track and who do not meet the GPA or test score requirement, a cautionary status can be considered on a case-by-case basis (by the department) for a student who has a GPA between 2.75 - 2.99.
    2. For all new resident and online graduate applicants who apply to the 2-year Biomedical Sciences track and who do not meet the GPA or test score requirement, a cautionary status can be considered on a case-by-case basis (by the department) for a student who has a GPA between 2.50 – 2.74.
  1. Students must submit one of the following tests with a minimum score
  1. MCAT - New scoring system (2015 and later): composite score of 490; Old scoring system (prior to 2015): score of 18 for the two-year program. MCAT - New scoring system (2015 and later): composite score of 493; Old scoring system (prior to 2015): score of 20 for the one-year program
  2. GRE Verbal 140, Quantitative 145; or
  3. DAT – 14.5 average
  4. PCAT – 50th percentile or higher
  1. Contact information for recommendations (Residential and Online)
    1. Applicants to the MS Biomedical Sciences program are required to submit contact information for three (3) recommendations - which may be academic, professional or personal.
  1. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

*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.

Note:  Students intending to apply for admission to Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) will need to meet LUCOM’s admission standards.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 18 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 10 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 maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level. (For this degree program, the maximum is 19 hours.)
  3. 3.00 GPA
  4. No grades of C or D (including +/- grades) may be applied to the degree.
  5. Students may earn one grade of C+/C/C-, which must be repeated for a grade of B- or higher.
  6. 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.
  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 5 years.
  9. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (B.S.)


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

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 (M.S.)

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 areas and 6 credit hours of either thesis or internship.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to 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. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test)
  4. Contact information for two (2) references.
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Program Undergraduate Class Prerequisites: A class in each of the following subjects must be completed prior to enrolling in most graduate level exercise science courses. This requirement may be met via previously completed undergraduate coursework or by enrolling in the missing courses after admission to the program:
  • Physiology or Exercise Physiology 
  • Biomechanics or Physics
  • Statistics 

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 15 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 maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level. (For this degree program, the maximum is 17 hours.)
  3. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  4. No more than two grades of “C” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grades of “D” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within five years.
  8. 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.
  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. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Science in Exercise Science (M.S.) - Clinical
Master of Science in Exercise Science (M.S.) - Community Physical Activity
Master of Science in Exercise Science (M.S.) - Human Performance
Master of Science in Exercise Science (M.S.) - Nutrition


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


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., C.H.E.S.
Chair, Department of Public and Community Health
Assistant 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 comprises 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.

Epidemiology Concentration

  • The student will be able to identify data needs and evaluate analytic methods for calculating standard epidemiological measures.

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 four concentrations: Epidemiology, 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 four concentrations: Epidemiology, Nutrition, Health Promotion, or Global Health.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ADMISSION PROCEDURES
In addition to the general admission requirements, admission to 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 3.0 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper –based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be admitted on Academic Caution status; these students must take and pass GRST 500– Introduction to Graduate Writing and HLTH 500- Introduction to Public Health in their first semester. Students who have an undergraduate below 2.50 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. HLTH 500 – Introduction to Public Health is required for students admitted for MPH program on cautionary status prior to taking HLTH 501 (biostatistics). 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, including a cumulative competency exam and electronic portfolio, have been established to ensure all degree requirements are completed at the appropriate stage of student development.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Students may transfer up to 21 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 maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
  3. Students must complete all courses with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  4. No more than two grades of “C” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of C+ & C-).
  5. No grades of “D” may be applied to the degree (includes grades of D+ & D-).
  6. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  7. Degree must be completed within five years.
  8. All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  9. All Online students admitted on Academic Caution are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester.
  10. Submission of Graduation Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) - Epidemiology 
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) - Global Health
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) - Health Promotion
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) - Nutrition

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for the School of Health Sciences 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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS   
Please refer to the Admissions Requirements Matrix for Certificates in the Graduate Admissions section of this Catalog.

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. For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
  6. Certificate must be completed within 3 years.
  7. Submission of Certificate Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
    Note: Students who want to apply certificate courses to a graduate or seminary degree program will have to abide by the GPA and grade requirements of that degree program.

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.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Global Health


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.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Health Promotion


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.

Delivery Format: Online Only
Nutrition


CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/index.cfm?PID=2981.



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