Program Overview - Master of Health Science in Clinical Chiropractic Orthopedics
Our Master of Health Science in Clinical Chiropractic Orthopedics (MHS) offers you the opportunity to study evidence-based orthopedic practice from a clinical and scientific perspective.
As a doctor of chiropractic, completing this degree will enhance your clinical competence and skill - and advance your ability to diagnose and manage complex orthopedic conditions.
After their second year, students choose one of three elective tracks:
- Sports and Physical Rehabilitation
- Occupational Health
- Special Populations (pediatrics and geriatrics)
The MHS degree can be completed in 3 years with our part-time, weekend schedule - convenient for working professionals.
- Part-time enrollment
- Maximum of 6 credits per term
- Combination of online coursework and in-person classes
- In-person classes require meeting only one weekend per month for a total of 3 weekends per term
- Online graduate core courses
- Hybrid-format chiropractic orthopedics courses - combination of one weekend per month classes with additional online coursework
- Our online learning management system allows you to interact with instructors and peers outside the classroom and check your progress anytime
Credits, courses and thesis
The MHS academic program consists of 40 credits, including
- 13 credits in the graduate core curriculum
- 27 credits in clinical chiropractic orthopedics
- A capstone project: in-depth analysis of a key research area
MHS graduate core courses
The graduate core curriculum provides you with a foundation of knowledge in the principles of evidence-based health care and integrated health care, research design and statistics. You learn how to evaluate current literature and synthesize, communicate and integrate this information in your clinical practice. Courses help you hone your presentation skills and scholarly writing.
Clinical chiropractic orthopedics courses
Coursework includes advanced orthopedic principles and practice, a regional approach to learning including the spine and extremities, biomechanics, physical rehabilitation and clincal lab.
Elective track courses
Your chosen elective track consists of two advanced specialty courses taken during your third year.
Your master's degree culminates in a written thesis and oral presentation. The thesis integrates your knowledge and skills in a field-based or literature-based project that highlights a significant issue or concept in orthopedics based upon your chosen elective track.
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