Master of Health Studies (MHST) 696

Independent Study Courses


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3 each

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Program students may submit a request to include one or more 3-credit independent study course(s) as part of their Master of Health Studies (MHS) or Master of Nursing (MN) program.

A one-page written proposal that includes your rationale for the course, several learning objectives, a study plan, and a minimum of two proposed assignments must be submitted to the MHST/NURS 695-697 Course Leader a minimum of one month before the course registration deadline.

Please attach a cover page to your proposal that includes your name, email address, course number (e.g., MHST/NURS 695, 696, or 697), title of the proposed course, and a list of courses taken previously in the MHS/MN program (you must have completed a minimum of two MHS/MN courses before you may apply for an independent study course). Approval will be contingent on the acceptability of the proposal and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. If a proposed course is already offered in the MHS/MN program, it will not be considered for independent study. Proposals that do not contain all of the above (learning objectives, proposed assignments, etc.) will not be considered.

Upon approval, you may complete up to three independent study courses (9 credits) as part of your CNHS graduate program.

Please submit your proposal to the MHS_MN_Independent Study_Course leader at the following email:

Course Goals

An independent study course is intended to foster initiative in students by supporting them to address their own learning needs. An independent study course extends a student’s learning beyond the available prescribed and elective courses, expanding his or her understanding of an individualized topic of interest. Students will work with a faculty member to meet the learning objectives of their customized course.

An independent study course is not meant to act as a place to conduct original research which requires data collection. Any proposed course that requires ethics approval will not be considered for independent study.

Course Materials

There are no required textbooks for MHST/NURS 695-697. It is expected that students will consult reference materials—including textbooks, journals, and Internet resources—for information directly related to their learning proposal.

Course Structure

MHST/NURS 695-697 are asynchronous, paced online courses. This means that there is no predetermined time when you must log in to complete course work. You should, however, complete the course work within the semester time frame in which you enrolled. A Moodle workspace will be created where you and your supervisor will communicate. At the beginning of the semester in which you enrolled, you will take the initiative to connect with the faculty supervisor to begin your coursework.

Course Outline

You will develop a schedule/outline for completion of the course within the timeframe of the session, and in consultation with your supervisor.

Assessment Structure

As part of the initial proposal, you will outline a proposed assessment structure which must include a minimum of two assignments.  The assessment structure for each independent study course will be finalized in consultation with the course supervisor once you have started the course.  

Independent study courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

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Last updated January 7, 2011.

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