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Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Systems

Become a health care leader and have an even greater impact on patients, your community and the world with the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Systems. Whether you are a health professional looking to advance your career or seeking entry into the health field, this degree allows you to expand your ability to work effectively in interprofessional health care teams that focus on patient-centered care, consider needs of vulnerable populations, improve health care and apply evidence-based practice. 

Choose from three pathways – professional, dietetics and research – to customize your degree to your professional and career goals.



If you hold a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, choose the Dietetics concentration to pursue licensure as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). As a RDN, you will improve people’s quality of life and work to reduce leading causes of death that are often caused, in part, by poor nutrition. This concentration also includes an internship through a partnership with Corewell Health (Beaumont East).


The Professional concentration is well-suited for those who have earned a health-related bachelor’s degree, health care professionals looking to earn a master’s, and clinicians who wish to focus on a wider scale of health care delivery or administration. This concentration includes a capstone at a health care organization where you will work with the company’s system to identify issues and improve these areas.


The Research concentration is intended for those who are interested in establishing a research career, would like to conduct research under the direction of our experienced faculty, and are interested in pursuing a future Ph.D. degree. In this concentration, you will perform a formal thesis project and defense on a topic that is relevant to health care process, quality and delivery.

This Master’s program meets the competency challenges in the health care workforce and provides training in:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Informatics
  • Social determinants of health

You will take the same set of core courses regardless of concentration chosen. 

Interdisciplinary Healthcare Systems Core

  • Interdisciplinary Healthcare Delivery Seminar (HS 5200 – 1 credit)
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making and Research in Healthcare (HS 5100 – 4 credits)
  • Ethical and Professional Practice in Healthcare Delivery (HS 5500 – 4 credits)
  • Applied Interprofessional Decision Making in Healthcare Teams (HS 6300 – 4 credits)
  • Social Determinants of Health (PH 5650 – 4 credits)
  • Healthcare Informatics (ISE 5574 – 4 credits)
  • Organization and Administration of Health and Medical Care Programs (PA 5600 – 3 credits)

Then, participate in unique practicum, internship or research experiences tailored to your academic or professional interests and career goals, creating an individualized, supervised practice experience.

Applicants will use the Graduate School application portal to submit their application.

To apply, applicants must submit the following, described in more detail below:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
    • Providing evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
    • From all post-secondary educational institutions and for any graduate-level coursework beyond a bachelor's degree
    • International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. Oakland University will only accept transcript evaluations completed by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation service) member organization. Many applicants use World Educational Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). NACES membership can be confirmed by visiting the NACES members website.
    • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
  • Students applying for entrance in the Dietetics Concentration will simultaneously apply for the graduate program and the Beaumont Internship. They must submit a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement and meet the minimum acceptance requirements for Beaumont’s ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship including a minimum GPA of 3.2. 
  • Two professional recommendations for Graduate Admission, using the Recommendation for Graduate Admission.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Personal statement of no more than 1,000 words
  • For international students, proof of English language proficiency. International supplemental application and supporting documentation must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20). This certificate is required to apply for a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate.

Economic and employment data support the importance of graduating well-rounded health care professionals with adaptable and flexible critical thinking and communication skills to effect changes within health care organizations and systems.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that Medical Health Services Managers is an occupation expected to grow by 28% – much faster than average – in the next ten years. The median annual salary of Medical and Health Service Managers is $104,830.

Prepare for a broad range of health positions, including but not limited:

  • Medical health services manager
  • Health administrator
  • Health care coordinator
  • Registered dietitian
  • Case manager
  • Care manager
  • Patient navigator

Dr. Amanda Lynch
Director and Associate Professor
[email protected]

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
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Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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