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Southeastern to offer two new Allied Health Master’s degrees beginning in August
By Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Jul 18, 2024
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Durant, Oklahoma -- Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced the launch of two new Master’s of Science degree programs in the Allied Health field, beginning in the Fall I session in August 2024.

The 33-hour programs for the M.S. in Community Health and M.S. in Health Science will begin in the Fall I session on August 19, with an application deadline for that session of August 5. With seven-week courses, these degrees have the potential of completion in as few as 12 months.

More information on Southeastern’s Allied Health programs, including admission requirements and deadlines, is available at https://online.se.edu/programs/healthcare/.

“In rural communities, such as many of the areas we serve here at Southeastern, advanced education for health professionals is a beacon of hope. It bridges gaps, empowers local providers, and elevates healthcare standards,” said Dr. Amanda St. John, director of nursing and allied health at Southeastern. “By investing in education, we cultivate resilient practitioners and leaders who can navigate unique challenges, innovate, and deliver quality care to those who need it most. These degrees empower professionals to make a significant impact in healthcare. Whether addressing community health or navigating complex healthcare systems, graduates will play a vital role in promoting health equity and improving overall well-being of those they serve. We here at Southeastern are excited and proud to bring these new programs to the students and communities we serve.”

The mission of the Master of Science in Community Health is to identify, explore, and address public health issues at the community level, enabling students to address the complex health issues that are ever-evolving in our communities. Graduates of this program will be prepared to analyze community health data to identify and prioritize issues, examine community-based frameworks to assist in the assessment of behavioral, social, cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional factors that contribute to health among diverse populations, summarize the importance of contemporary issues in community health, identify and plan for need for education in community, construct a program plan that promotes community health, integrate strategies to engage stakeholders to develop partnerships for community-based health programs, and identify evidence-based interventions that promote community health.

The mission of the Master of Science in Health Science is to analyze healthcare operations through a variety of settings, providing an entry point for individuals desiring to enter the healthcare field who have obtained degrees in other areas of study. Graduates of this program will be able to evaluate the structure and functions of the U.S. healthcare system, examine the legal, ethical, and policy issues that shape and change healthcare, demonstrate leadership, professionalism, and cultural sensitivity in the practice of healthcare, apply principles of social justice and awareness to strive for health equity and equality, develop critical thinking and innovation to analyze challenges, concepts, research, and clinical outcomes and apply these concepts to professional practice, enhance interdisciplinary communication skills necessary to function effectively in today’s professional and academic environments, synthesize in-depth knowledge of content areas to improve quality measurement, and formulate knowledge, skills, and critical problem-solving in a field-based and/or clinical setting.

 About Southeastern

Founded in 1909, Southeastern Oklahoma State University provides an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential. By having personal access to excellent teaching, challenging academic programs, and extracurricular experiences, students will develop skills and habits that promote values for career preparation, responsible citizenship, and lifelong learning. Our over 5,500 students include 50% first-generation students and 28% students of Native American descent, with 82% receiving financial aid. Southeastern ranks amongst the most affordable schools in the region thanks to out-of-state tuition waivers and is proud of its exceptional affordable accredited MBA program, stellar aerospace and teacher education programs, and outstanding national ranking in graduating Native American students.