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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Integrated Health Studies - MIHS

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Master of Integrated Health Studies

Integrated Health Studies - MI6475

Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies
College of Health Sciences and Professions
1 Ohio University Drive
Grover Center W182
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4502

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall. Applications due by July 1.

Program Overview

The online Master of Integrated Health Studies (MIHS) degree is an innovative stackable certificate graduate program that prepares postbaccalaureate students to fulfill diverse roles in a variety of healthcare settings. The minimum number of credit hours is 33.

The healthcare system in the U.S. is complex and requires that healthcare professionals have a unique knowledge base in order to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes. The unique aspect of this program is that students customize their degree by successfully completing at least two areas of concentration, which are approved certificates at Ohio University, as well as core courses, instead of a prescribed pathway. Students use the stackable framework in order to build a foundation of knowledge in different professional categories, together with a strong curricular core, that culminates into a meaningful capstone impact project.

The fact that all of these courses and certificates are offered online provides the opportunity for this degree to be available to working professionals in need of a flexible curriculum. However, the degree is also appealing for traditional students who have identified specific areas of interest.

Core foundational knowledge is included in courses on the following topics as related to healthcare: ethics, interprofessional health promotion, and evidence-based practice or critical thinking and reasoning, and an elective either in healthcare advocacy or vulnerable populations. Certificate offerings include clinical informatics, healthcare leadership, global health, healthcare policy, and veterans’ health.  Finally, the capstone course requires a culminating impact project that is reflective of the innovative nature of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  1. Students will be able to summarize the domains of health and dimensions of wellness.
  2. Students will be able to explain how the domains of health and dimensions of wellness are assessed and approached by multiple healthcare professionals.
  3. Students will be able to apply evidence-based practice knowledge or clinical reasoning in a selected area of healthcare practice.  
  4. Students will be able to analyze hypothetical cases and apply ethical reasoning to realistic healthcare situations.
  5. Students will be able to integrate and apply core knowledge of a concentration, in order to positively impact the populations they serve or will serve, in a selected healthcare profession.
  6. Students will be able to integrate and apply core knowledge across concentrations, in order to positively impact the populations they serve or will serve, in a selected healthcare profession.

Opportunities for Graduates

Opportunities upon graduation will vary depending on how the graduate applies the selected certificates and core to their chosen profession.

Admission Requirements

  • A strong record of undergraduate performance, typically demonstrated by a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Resume (optional)

* No GRE or GMAT score required

*For students who have completed one of certificates listed in the masters curriculum, and would like to enroll in this degree program, we will accept a completed certificate as part of their selection of certificates for the degree; as long as it has been completed within the six years of their application for the Master of Integrated Health Studies.

International Students

This program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with a grade of “C” or better.

Core Course Requirements

Complete 15 hours of core courses as follows:

Advocacy or Vulnerable Populations Course

Complete one of the following two courses:

Capstone Course

Complete the following course:


Complete two of the following certificates:

Global Health Certificate

Complete five courses as specified (20** hours):

Culminating Experience

The required capstone will be in the form of an impact project. Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor from each certificate that the student selected for their degree, and together they will formulate an impact project. This project will vary based on the areas of concentration and the student’s current profession—or the profession or career the student intends to pursue.

The faculty members/mentors will foster the student’s desire and together they will decide the structure of the impact project. This impact project is designed to best meet the needs of each individual student, and the populations which they serve, and therefore is unique and applicable to their professional goals. To the greatest extent possible, each project will include ideas of interprofessional healthcare and integration of major concepts from certificates. This capstone incorporates knowledge from the core courses and the certificates, into a culminating, encompassing, and impactful project.

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