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. 

Elective tracks

After their second year, students choose one of three elective tracks:

  • Sports and Physical Rehabilitation 
  • Occupational Health
  • Special Populations (pediatrics and geriatrics)

Program length

The MHS degree can be completed in 3 years with our part-time, weekend schedule - convenient for working professionals.

Program details

  • 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

Program format

  • 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.

Master's thesis

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.

Program admission

Graduation requirements

Review graduation requirements

Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.


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