Program Overview

Canisius College offers an online Master's in Community and School Health. The program is designed for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and others with a bachelor’s degree and the appropriate science and health background. Graduates will be prepared to participate in the development of policy within the work place, as well as healthcare systems at the community, state or national level.

Individuals will take courses in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Program Planning in Healthcare, Research Methods in Allied Health, Healthcare Systems, Leadership Initiatives, State of the Nation’s Child, Health Impacts on Academic Success K-12, Healthcare and Public Policy, and a Master’s Project or Thesis. Students will be introduced to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery system. Students will also take in depth looks into different organizational systems and structures, leadership styles, change theory, conflict and power, and coalition building. Depending on which electives students choose, they will be introduced to the issues effective different groups of people and ways to combat these problems. Students will also learn how to effectively research different areas of community and school health and submit a project proposal and thesis.

Goals of this program include having students demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field. Students will need to demonstrate necessary professional skills and dispositions. Graduates will be prepared to pursue employment as senior clinicians, nursing/healthcare administrators, clinical nurse educators, healthcare managers and leaders, or health policy application specialists.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

    School Overview

    In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.

    Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.


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