The Master of Health Studies turns 20!
On June 3, 2000, the Master of Health Studies (MHS) program debuted at Athabasca University (AU). In high demand from the start, 122 students enrolled that first year — which also saw its first graduate, a learner who built on courses already completed.
Fast forward twenty years later, 1,099 learners have graduated from the program (including 45 in 2019), and 323 are currently enrolled.
“The MHS and Master of Nursing Generalist stream graduate programs are geared towards health care professionals and those who are seeking to maximize their research, teaching and leadership potential and to broaden their career opportunities,” said Dr. Steve Johnson, Program Director of the MHS program.
“Most of our learners are employed full-time. They’re gaining the knowledge and skills for a job promotion and/or anticipate expanded career opportunities as they progress in their program and graduate.”
Today, AU and the Faculty of Health Disciplines couldn’t be prouder of the MHS graduates who are contributing their many talents to leading health care advancements in a wide array of organizations, in communities large and small, across Canada and beyond.
“Most of our learners are employed full-time. They’re gaining the knowledge and skills for a job promotion and/or anticipate expanded career opportunities as they progress in their program and graduate.”– Dr. Steve Johnson, Program Director of the Master of Health Studies
Here’s to the next 20 years, and a formal celebration when it is safe to do so!
What are students saying about the program?
“It was a difficult time, but this program not only taught us academically about leadership and organizational change, but allowed us to think and reflect on how we cope and adapt to change! That in turn, allowed us to better cope with all the changes in our lives now. The forums taught us, but also provided us with an opportunity to share our thoughts, fears, and concerns about this dreaded COVID-19. I think this sharing really helped us because we were able to voice our thoughts and we felt supported. Thank you!” ~MHS learner
To learn more about the Master of Health Studies at AU, visit the program web page.