Realize calling and career in programs that integrate health, science, and faith.

Program
Anatomy, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for persons preparing to teach at the secondary level or in related professional school areas, or for persons intending to pursue careers as research technicians.
Possible Careers
Teach at the secondary level or in related professional school areas, or for persons intending to pursue careers as research technicians.
Program Length
Two (2) years, based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Bioethics, MA
School
School of Religion
Degree
MA
Interdisciplinary master's degree designed to help students gain clinical experience along with academic knowledge within the field of bioethics. Graduates are prepared for education, research and service pertinent to the ethical issues in healthcare and beyond.
Possible Careers
This program is especially valuable for those preparing for careers as clinical ethicists, nurses, physicians, dentists, theologians, lawyers, and most healthcare professions.
Program Length
The MA in Bioethics degree requires 48 units of coursework consisting of numerous courses of mostly 3 units each, and culminates in two 3/2-unit capstone courses, Masters Seminar I & II. One of the Masters Seminars focuses on comprehensive knowledge and the other on a publishable paper. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 or above.
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Biology, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Students in the Master of Science in Biology program (non medical/non health related) take advanced biology courses and conduct significant, original research in preparation for writing their thesis. This program emphasizes "field-based" studies that generally address questions of "ecological" relevance such as animal biology and marine sciences. Students whose interests are more narrowly focused within health or other basic sciences should refer to programs within the LLU Medical School. See Medicine in program drop down.
Possible Careers
Secondary and University Teaching, Fields of Ecology, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Genetics, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources. Some areas of specialization are: animal behavior, animal physiology, molecular systematics, ecological physiology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, marine biology, and paleontology.
Program Length
2-5 Years
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Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The School of Medicine offers basic sciences curricula leading to a Master of Science degree. The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Advanced courses allow each student to fully develop an area of interest.
Possible Careers
Specialized areas include biomedical research and biotechnology industry.
Program Length
Two (2) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Chaplaincy, MSChap
School
School of Religion
Degree
MSChap
A specialized clinical master's degree which prepares students wishing to pursue chaplaincy as a career. In addition to chaplaincy and leadership coursework, four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) will be earned. Our goal is to prepare chaplains who can model the "teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ," and are trained at the highest level of professionalism, in preparation for board certification by APC.
Possible Careers
Graduates will meet the requirements for employment as a full, board-certified chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Chaplains may choose careers in healthcare, military, education, corporate, and beyond.
Program Length
108 quarter units. The average time to complete the degree is 3 years if enrolled full-time.
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Program
Child Life Specialist MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
An advanced degree program preparing individuals to work with children in diverse healthcare environments.
Possible Careers
Child Life Specialists are well-versed in the field of child development. They promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. A Child Life Specialist provides emotional support for families, and encourages optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to health care and hospitalization. Understanding that a child's well-being depends on the support of the family, Child Life Specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the public about the needs of children under stress. (Taken from the Association of Child Life Professionals.) Child Life is a growing but competitive field. Although Child Life has its traditional foundations in hospitals, an increasing number of Child Life Specialists are applying their unique expertise to help children and families in other environments, including outpatient healthcare facilities, doctor offices, hospice care, specialized camps, schools, court systems, and funeral homes. Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 years
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Program
Counseling MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The Master of Science in Counseling provides graduates with a broad academic background in mental health counseling, as well as professional training for a wide variety of careers working with individuals, families, and groups. Professional counselors assist clients in working through personal and emotional concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, family stress, developmental transitions, crisis, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, medical problems, disability, education and career planning, personal loss, and grief.
Possible Careers
Graduates from the counseling degree program upon completion of 3,000 hours of supervised experience and examination may work as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in environments such as community mental health agencies, career centers, recovery programs, legal systems, educational institutions, churches, medical facilities, or in independent private practice. Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 years
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Counseling MS and Marital & Family Therapy MS with Drug & Alcohol Counseling Certificate
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
This dual degree program enables students to earn two master's degrees and a certificate in one 121 quarter unit program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist licenses (in California; issued through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). The included Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate allows students to apply for three separate national certificates in substance abuse counseling. Program may be completed in three years of full-time study. Applications accepted for fall, winter, spring and summer starts. Clinical placements available within the Loma Linda University Health care system as well as local community agencies and organizations.
Possible Careers
Graduates may work in for-profit and non-profit private and public settings, including county departments of mental health, departments of child and family services (as well as other governmental agencies) hospitals (such as the Loma Linda University health care system), and private practice settings.
Program Length
121 quarter units over 11 quarters
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Criminal Justice MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The MS in Criminal Justice emphasizes integrated behavioral health interventions, restorative justice, and community reintegration to address the prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation needs of persons at risk for or who have already been incarcerated. Students learn to work with social services, law enforcement, courts, probation and parole to support at risk, incarcerated and recently released inmates. 
Possible Careers
Forensic mental health therapist (combined with a licensable mental health degree), Family reunification advocate, Juvenile justice/criminal court social worker (combined with a BSW/MSW), Victim/witness advocate, Correctional Counselor, Juvenile or Criminal Rehabilitation Specialist, Administrator/program director.
Program Length
2 Years
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Program
Epidemiology, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The M.P.H. degree in epidemiology is designed to give theoretical and practical training in how to study and control factors that influence health-related problems. This degree prepares students to work in federal, state, and local health departments/agencies, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.
Possible Careers
Epidemiologist, Parasitologist, Researcher, Infection Control, Epidemiologist Investigator, Data Analyst, PhD Epidemiology candidate, positions in federal, state, and local health departments, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)
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Program
Epidemiology, MPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The M.P.H. degree in epidemiology is designed to give theoretical and practical training in how to study and control factors that influence health-related problems. This degree prepares students to work in federal, state, and local health departments/agencies, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.
Possible Careers
Epidemiologist, Parasitologist, Researcher, Infection Control, Epidemiologist Investigator, Data Analyst, PhD Epidemiology candidate, positions in federal, state, and local health departments, academic and research institutions, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals.
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)
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Program
Geology (27-month Track), MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Interested in research and course work emphasizing field and laboratory studies in sedimentology, paleontology, igneous petrology, and geology in health and the environment? The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in geology degree.
Possible Careers
Geologists study the physical aspects and history of the earth. They identify and examine rocks, study information collected by remote sensing instruments in satellites, conduct geological surveys, construct maps, and use instruments to measure the earth's gravity and magnetic field. They also analyze information collected through seismic prospecting, which involves bouncing sound waves off buried rock layers. Some geologists search for oil, natural gas, minerals, and underground water. Geoscientists play an increasingly important part in studying, preserving, and cleaning up the environment.
Program Length
Two-year track for students with an undergraduate degree in geology. A minimum of 56 quarter units, including 44 at or above the 500 level, constitutes the curriculum for the Master of Science degree in geology.
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Program
Geology (36-month Track), MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
Interested in research and course work emphasizing field and laboratory studies in sedimentology, paleontology, igneous petrology, and geology in health and the environment? The Department of Earth and Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in geology degree.
Possible Careers
Geologists study the physical aspects and history of the earth. They identify and examine rocks, study information collected by remote sensing instruments in satellites, conduct geological surveys, construct maps, and use instruments to measure the earth's gravity and magnetic field. They also analyze information collected through seismic prospecting, which involves bouncing sound waves off buried rock layers. Some geologists search for oil, natural gas, minerals, and underground water. Geoscientists play an increasingly important part in studying, preserving, and cleaning up the environment. There are a variety of specialist in Geology.
Program Length
Three-year track—for students without an undergraduate degree in geology. Students with a variety of majors (including science and some non-science majors) are encouraged to enter the M.S. degree in geology program. The three-year track courses are indicated in the table of program requirements and include: 22 units of undergraduate geology courses that are not part of the M.S. curriculum as well as M.S. degree curriculum courses in geology with a minimum of 56 quarter units, including 44 at or above the 500 level. Total for the three-year track is 78 quarter units. Advanced standing may be granted toward cognate requirements.
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Program
Gerontology MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The MS in Gerontology program emphasizes a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to aging and aging processes, preparing students to enhance and support the lives of both older adults and their families in the community and in geriatric practice settings.
Possible Careers
Gerontologists may be employed in hospitals, nursing homes, or retirement communities, either working directly with older adults or in administrative roles overseeing proper care procedures. Many gerontologists work in the areas of advocacy or as consultants and/or directors for community programs and senior centers. Teaching and research are also career options.
Program Length
2 years
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Program
Global Health, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The M.P.H. degree earned in the Global Health Program prepares a graduate to practice public health with a transformational development worldview—seeking positive change in the whole of human life materially, physically, socially, psychologically and spiritually. The M.P.H. degree in global health prepares graduates with technical competence and cross-cultural skills to create and manage sustainable health and development programs in diverse settings and populations worldwide.
Possible Careers
NGO Country Director, Non Profit, World Health Organization (WHO), ADRA, Program Planner, Tsunami Relief Program Manager, doctoral candidate
Program Length
2 years (8 quarters)
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Health Education and Wellness Coaching, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The health education component of the program focuses on educational, interpersonal, community, and legislative factors that promote positive health behaviors. The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization. Along with the knowledge of lifestyle-related diseases, health, nutrition, and fitness, the wellness coaching component of the curriculum delivers motivational and behavioral skills needed to enable graduates to become a part of the rapidly growing field helping individuals achieve optimal wellness.
Possible Careers
Students who complete the curriculum may function as workplace wellness coordinators, health educators, and health coaches in a variety of public and private settings. They are academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health education interventions; organize health promotion efforts; and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health behavior change.
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years
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Health Education and Wellness Coaching, MPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The health education component of the program focuses on educational, interpersonal, community, and legislative factors that promote positive health behaviors. The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization. Along with the knowledge of lifestyle-related diseases, health, nutrition, and fitness, the wellness coaching component of the curriculum delivers motivational and behavioral skills needed to enable graduates to become a part of the rapidly growing field helping individuals achieve optimal wellness.
Possible Careers
Students who complete the curriculum may function as workplace wellness coordinators, health educators, and health coaches in a variety of public and private settings. They are academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health education interventions; organize health promotion efforts; and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health behavior change.
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years
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Program
Health Informatics, MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
The future success of healthcare organizations is their ability to manage information. The curriculum of the MS in Health Informatics blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints.
Possible Careers
Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists, and consultants.
Program Length
6 quarters
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Program
Health Informatics, MS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
The future success of healthcare organizations is their ability to manage information. The curriculum of the MS in Health Informatics blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints.
Possible Careers
Employment opportunities include hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists, and consultants.
Program Length
6 quarters
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Health Professions Education, MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Better your teaching skills while earning a masters degree or certificate in health education.  This program is designed for the working professional.
Possible Careers
Educator, professor, or teacher in health related fields.
Program Length
Varies depending on course load.
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Health Professions Education, MS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Better your teaching skills while earning a masters degree or certificate in health education.  This program is designed for the working professional.
Possible Careers
Educator, professor, or teacher in health related fields.
Program Length
Varies depending on course load.
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Healthcare Administration, MHA
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MHA
The School of Public Health offers a Master of Health-Care Administration (M.H.A.) degree. The degree provides students with a broad understanding of health-care management in line with appropriate and relevant industry-leading competencies. In addition, students will engage in practical experience to apply the principles learned through an 800-hour practicum in the health sector. Graduates are prepared for administrative careers in health service organizations—including medical centers, health plans, physician groups and dental practices, and long-term and managed-care settings, among others. This degree program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to further their administrative careers in the health-care sector.
Possible Careers
Practice Administrator, Marketing Director, CEO, Manager of Physician Practice
Program Length
2 years (7 quarters)
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Program
Healthcare Administration, MHA (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MHA
The School of Public Health offers a Master of Health-Care Administration (M.H.A.) degree. The degree provides students with a broad understanding of health-care management in line with appropriate and relevant industry-leading competencies. In addition, students will engage in practical experience to apply the principles learned through an 800-hour practicum in the health sector. Graduates are prepared for administrative careers in health service organizations—including medical centers, health plans, physician groups and dental practices, and long-term and managed-care settings, among others. This degree program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to further their administrative careers in the health-care sector.
Possible Careers
Practice Administrator, Marketing Director, CEO, Manager of Physician Practice
Program Length
2 years (7 quarters)
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Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The thesis or research Master of Science degree provides training for individuals who will become technicians involved in biomedical research in universities or in the biotechnology industry, and for medical technologists seeking specialized research training. The non-thesis Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for medical technologists preparing for the specialist in microbiology certification; for secondary teachers seeking advanced training in areas such as molecular biology, immunology, or microbiology; and for students seeking admission to professional schools, such as medicine or dentistry.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Two (2) years— based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted.
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Marital & Family Therapy MS
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The MS in Marital and Family Therapy program is designed to provide students with a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
Possible Careers
Graduates are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments (in both for- and non-profit agencies), hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations. Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2 Years
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Marital & Family Therapy MS (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MS
The MS in Marital and Family Therapy program is designed to provide students with a broad academic background as well as professional practice for working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.
Possible Careers
Graduates are in demand as administrators, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, medical family therapists, alcohol and drug specialists, case managers, family and clinical mediators, clinic directors in working environments (in both for- and non-profit agencies), hospitals, colleges and universities, family court, group homes, private practice, and professional organizations. Qualified graduates of the School of Behavioral Health are given priority interviewing for behavioral health positions with Loma Linda University Health.
Program Length
2.5 Years
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Natural Sciences, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The Natural Sciences Program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science degree. Students do a project instead of a thesis. This program is designed for the student who plans to teach at the secondary level or with other goals that do not include seeking a PhD degree.
Possible Careers
The goal is to prepare students for effective careers in teaching or government.
Program Length
2-5 Years
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Neuroscience, Systems Biology and Bioengineering, MS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MS
The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, immunology, and medical microbiology and infectious diseases.
Possible Careers
Program Length
Two (2) years; based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted
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Nursing (Nurse Educator: Adult and Gerontology), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for faculty positions in nursing education.
Possible Careers
Clinical or classroom teaching in nursing education at colleges/universities
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nursing (Nurse Educator: Obstetrics and Pediatrics), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for faculty positions in nursing education.
Possible Careers
Clinical or classroom teaching in nursing education at colleges/universities
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nursing (Nursing Administration), MS
School
School of Nursing
Degree
MS
Prepares nurses for administration/leadership in health care settings
Possible Careers
Nurse manager, administrator, or executive
Program Length
2-3 years
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Nutrition (Coordinated Program in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics), MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
Dietetics Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD. This program prepare graduates who demonstrate competence as public health nutrition and dietetic professionals, apply science-based evidence to practice, function independently as leaders and cooperatively as team members to promote health, undrerstand the contribution of vegetarian dietary practices to human and environmental well being.
Possible Careers
Dietitians and Nutritionists work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, cafeterias offices of physicians, and non-profit organizations. Career titles are: Clinical Dietitian, Management Dietician, Emergency Nutrition Advisor, Urban Health, and Nutrition Manager
Program Length
2.25 to 3 years (9 quarters)
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Program
Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated Program in Dietetics, BS & MS), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Dietitians and nutritionists help people by scientifically evaluating their diets and suggesting diet modifications to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthful eating habits.
Possible Careers
Nutritionist or dietitian in hospitals, clinics, food services, or a personal business.
Program Length
4 quarters
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Program
Nutrition and Dietetics (Post Didactic Program in Dietetics), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Possible Careers
Numerous opportunities are available for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) assess patient’s nutritional needs, develop personalized nutrition treatment programs, and evaluate and report results. Dietitians also work in public health clinics, home health agencies, major supermarkets, and food service facilities. Some dietitians oversee large-scale food production and service facilities in health care, col-lege and university cafeterias, correctional facilities, and school food service. Dietitians work under contract with extended health-care facilities or in their own private practice. Others work for wellness programs, sports teams, or other nutrition-related businesses. Some dietitians engage in research activities to enhance the profession. Increased interest in nutrition has led to opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing, among others.
Program Length
2 years (8 quarters)
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Post-RD certification), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements for the credential "RD." Reference - AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) - www.eatright.org
Possible Careers
Program Length
1 year/4 quarters
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Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior bachelor's degree in a non-nutrition major), MS
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
This track is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in an area unrelated to nutrition or international students.
Possible Careers
Numerous opportunities are available for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) assess patient’s nutritional needs, develop personalized nutrition treatment programs, and evaluate and report results. Dietitians also work in public health clinics, home health agencies, major supermarkets, and food service facilities. Some dietitians oversee large-scale food production and service facilities in health care, col-lege and university cafeterias, correctional facilities, and school food service. Dietitians work under contract with extended health-care facilities or in their own private practice. Others work for wellness programs, sports teams, or other nutrition-related businesses. Some dietitians engage in research activities to enhance the profession. Increased interest in nutrition has led to opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing, among others.
Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, MS
School
School of Dentistry
Degree
MS
The Advanced Dental Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics teaches students to examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. The Orthodontist designs and fabricates appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
Possible Careers
Orthodontist in private practice treating pediatric and adult patients. May also go into the teaching of Orthodontics.
Program Length
Twenty-seven months
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Orthotics and Prosthetics (BS/MSOP Track), MSOP
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSOP
Possible Careers
Orthotists and Prosthetists work in a variety of settings: private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, home health settings and nursing homes.
Program Length
2½-years (10 quarters)
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Orthotics and Prosthetics (Hybrid MSOP), MSOP (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSOP
Possible Careers
Orthotists and Prosthetists work in a variety of settings: private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialty clinics, home health settings and nursing homes.
Program Length
2 years (8 quarters)
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Pathologists' Assistant, MHS
School
School of Medicine
Degree
MHS
Possible Careers
Pathologists' Assistant, University Instructor, Sales, Insurance
Program Length
Two years
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Physician Assistant, MPA
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MPA
Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine under physician supervision. They are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services.
Possible Careers
Clinical or Hospital Practice, Research, Education, or Administration.
Program Length
24 months, full-time
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Plant-Based Nutrition, MS (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MS
This one of a kind program in the United States aligns with the core legacy of vegetarian nutrition at LLU. It can also serve as a stepping stone for the PhD in Nutrition, focused on plant-based nutrition research at the LLUSPH or any other PhD Nutrition programs. It is aimed to provide evidence-based didactic and research training to registered dietitians and other health care professionals on plant-based nutrition for the health of the individual, population, and the planet.  This program is completely online (combines synchronous and asynchronous classes) with didactic training in nutritional science with a focus on the role of plant-based diet patterns, plant foods, and nutrients with respect to promoting health, preventing disease, and sustaining the planet, along with the evidenced-based approach to applying the principles of plant-based eating for the health of the individual and population. The program culminates in a research project with a publishable manuscript or a written report. The program provides background experience for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings, provides advanced training in plant-based nutrition for physicians and other health professionals who want to apply this in their practice, is a stepping stone to pursue a PhD, trains health educators who want to promote health and prevent lifestyle diseases, and prepare those that want to work in programs on environmental sustainability.
Possible Careers
Researcher Prerequisite for PhD Nutrition program Nutritional knowledge to compliment degree
Program Length
For program length information, click here to visit our website.
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Population Medicine, MPH
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
The Population Medicine Program is designed to meet the needs of practicing health professionals who have experience in direct patient care and wish to augment their current careers with additional information and skills in population management. The students will be competent in analyzing the health of a patient population and understanding the social, environmental, and biological determinants of health in that population. Individuals who may benefit from this program are practicing health professionals, such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists; and students who are currently enrolled in clinical practice-related doctoral degrees (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D.). This degree will provide clinicians with cutting-edge knowledge and a skill set to integrate population-based, health-care approaches into their everyday clinical practice.
Possible Careers
Physician leader, Research Analyst, Researcher, Population Health manager
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)
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Population Medicine, MPH (Online)
School
School of Public Health
Degree
MPH
Pop Med The Population Medicine Program is designed to meet the needs of practicing health professionals who have experience in direct patient care and wish to augment their current careers with additional information and skills in population management. The students will be competent in analyzing the health of a patient population and understanding the social, environmental, and biological determinants of health in that population. Individuals who may benefit from this program are practicing health professionals, such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and psychologists; and students who are currently enrolled in clinical practice-related doctoral degrees (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D.). This degree will provide clinicians with cutting-edge knowledge and a skill set to integrate population-based, health-care approaches into their everyday clinical practice.
Possible Careers
Physician leader, Research Analyst, Researcher, Population Health manager
Program Length
1.5 to 2 years (6 to 8 quarters)
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Radiologist Assistant, MSRS (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSRS
The student will receive didactic and clinical mentoring in neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Courses will be a mix of discussion, projects, case studies, and Web-based learning. Students are responsible for finding their own clinical site and radiologist mentor. This is an online/blended program. The rest of the time, coursework is taken online within Loma Linda University's web-enhanced learning environment.
Possible Careers
Radiologist Assistant in clinical and hospital settings
Program Length
21 months (7 quarters)
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Religion and Society, MA
School
School of Religion
Degree
MA
The Master of Arts in Religion and Society degree, offering customizable options of study, is designed for those seeking to serve the church and world in the 21st century in a variety of capacities. The degree is ideal for individuals seeking deeper biblical, theological, and philosophical insight, spiritual growth, practical competency, and cultural literacy in the context of a range of vocational settings—healthcare, the local church (non-ordained ministry), non-profit organizations, secondary education (teaching certifications must be obtained independently), further graduate study and more.
Possible Careers
This degree does not generally lead directly to employment and is intended mainly for personal and professional enrichment. Graduates may be better-prepared for further graduate studies in religion, public health and policy, therapy, law, medicine or ministry.
Program Length
48 quarter units; undergraduate degree in religion not required. The average length of time to complete if enrolled full-time is 2 yrs. (5 yrs maximum allowed).
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Respiratory Care, MSRC (Online)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MSRC
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Therapists manage ventilators, which deliver pressurized oxygen into the lungs of patients who cannot breathe for themselves.
Possible Careers
Respiratory care educator, Respiratory researcher, Respiratory care manager, Advanced Respiratory care practitioner, industry leaders and consultants.
Program Length
One year full-time. May be completed on a part-time basis.
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Program
Social Work MSW
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a 78-unit program emphasizing the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University's internationally recognized health system provides students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care, and global practice settings.
Possible Careers
Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. 
Program Length
2-, 3-, or 4- year curriculum options; 3-year part-time online program; advanced standing
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Program
Social Work MSW (Online)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
This 78-unit program emphasizes the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to advanced clinical social work practice in behavioral health institutions and agencies. Students gain expertise in cutting-edge and evidenced-based trauma- and resiliency-informed interventions that support prevention, early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Experiential learning through Loma Linda University's internationally recognized health system provides students with advanced learning opportunities in integrated behavioral health, tertiary level inpatient care, and global practice settings.
Possible Careers
Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator.
Program Length
3 years (11 quarters)
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Program
Social Work MSW and Criminal Justice MS (Dual Degree)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
The mission of the combined Master of Social Work and Criminal Justice MS is to facilitate more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with a strong interest in, and who are dedicated to, the advanced practice of both social work and criminal justice. The MSW emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. The Criminal Justice MS aims to prepare students to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the problems of crime and social control in the contemporary world. The combination of these two programs has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for this dual degree program.
Possible Careers
Forensic Mental Health Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator.Many Forensic Social Workers work in settings such as the court system, detention centers, forensic inpatient programs, and forensic outpatient behavioral health systems.
Program Length
2-, 3-, and 4-year options
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Program
Social Work MSW and Gerontology MS (Dual Degree)
School
School of Behavioral Health
Degree
MSW
The mission of the combined Master of Social Work and MS in Gerontology is to facilitate more efficient completion of two graduate degrees for students with a strong interest in, and who are dedicated to, the advanced practice of both social work and gerontology. The MSW emphasizes ecological systems, a perspective that focuses on the interaction of a person or system in relation to his/her environment. The Gerontology MS aims to prepare students to think critically, analytically, and creatively about the challenges of the aging population and older citizens in the contemporary world. The combination of these two programs has guided the development of the foundation curriculum, professional concentrations, and selection of practicum sites for this dual degree program. This program equips students to make interdisciplinary contributions to the fields of social work and gerontology.
Possible Careers
Geriatric Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker, Medical Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Community Social Worker, Healthcare Administrator, Public Health Administrator, Research Social Worker, and Social Work Educator. Many Geriatric Social Workers work in government agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, senior centers, community health centers, and mental health clinics.
Program Length
2-, 3-, and 4-year options
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Program
Speech-Language Pathology, MS (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Speech-Language Pathology, MS Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and research. They typically evaluate and treat speech and language disorders in children and adults. The master's degree is entry level for the profession.
Possible Careers
Public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies (home care), adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, research laboratories.
Program Length
7 Quarters (2 years)
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Speech-Language Pathology, MS (Transitional program) (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
School
School of Allied Health Professions
Degree
MS
Speech-Language Pathology, MS The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders- Transitional Program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a field other than Speech Language Pathology or Communication Disorders. Any individual with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is eligible for the Transitional Program. This program permits completion of undergraduate coursework (generally completed in one year of full time study) prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.
Possible Careers
Public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, short-term and long-term nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice offices, state and local health departments, state and federal government agencies, home health agencies (home care), adult day care centers, centers for persons with developmental disabilities, research laboratories.
Program Length
11 quarters (3 years)
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