Program Overview

The Health Education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health. Guided by common ideals, Health Educators are responsible for upholding the integrity and ethics of the profession as they face the daily challenges of making decisions. By acknowledging the value of diversity in society and embracing a cross-cultural approach, Health Educators support the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of all people.

Philosophy

Health education is a professional field that has expanded rapidly, primarily due to national policy that has emphasized health promotion and disease prevention. The goal is to facilitate voluntary health-related behavioral and social change through the application of principles of behavioral and social sciences. The MS in Health Education will provide students with the skills and training necessary to promote, maintain, and improve health in schools and in the community. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum, students gain a broad understanding of the complex emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social components of human health. The M.S. program is structured to prepare graduates who will assume positions of leadership and service as professional health educators in a variety of practice, research, and policymaking settings.

Degree Requirements (36 credits)

To earn the MS degree, students must satisfactorily complete twelve courses (36 credits). Students are required to complete five core courses (15 credits) and one capstone course (3credits). The remaining courses are taken in the Health Studies Module and Sociology/Education/Administration module.

Courses

I. Common Core (15 credits)
All students are required to take Health Services Research, GIS Mapping for Health Research, Planning, Policy Development and Marketing, Program Planning for Wellness, Epidemiology and Community Health, and Curriculum Strategies for Health Educators.

II. Health Concepts in Mental Health Studies Module courses (12-18 credits)
Electives from the Healthy Study component zero to two courses from Administration, and one Capstone course.