Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Health Education (MS) Program Apart?

UM-Flint’s MS in Health Education program is specifically designed for individuals looking to translate their passion for health into an advanced degree and rewarding career—regardless of whether you have prior relevant job experience or have completed an undergraduate degree in health education.


Masters-level health educators are employed in a variety of professional settings and roles. Our program prepares students to pursue their careers in worksite health promotion programs; non-profit community health agencies; university student health centers; state or local health departments; for-profit corporations; government agencies; faith-based settings; and hospitals or clinic settings.


We offer two options to fit your needs: a full-time (18 months) or part-time (24 months) format designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall, but motivated full-time students can begin in the winter or spring and complete the program within 18 months.


The MS in Heath Education program provides opportunities for students to apply health education competencies and skills through practicums with local community health agencies. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in participatory research/engagement whereas they will work collaboratively with community leaders and faculty to conduct research that positively impacts health outcomes for the residents of Flint and Genesee County.


MS in Health Education students also have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the local community by volunteering health education services to the uninsured and underinsured of Flint through the Physical Therapy Health Education and Rehabilitation student-run free clinic (PT HEART). Furthermore, the program sponsors the Delta Phi chapter of the Health Education National Honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, providing student members with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


All courses are taught by expert faculty who bring extensive real-world knowledge and experience to their instruction. Your faculty mentors are there to guide you in the practical application of your classroom lessons, and are available to support you throughout your educational journey and beyond.


You’ll complete the Health Education program with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for improving the health of communities. This structure enables you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Coursework emphasizes team-based project work that allows for networking while improving collaborative and communication skills.


UM-Flint is a part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, enabling students to tap into additional resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses. UM-Flint’s Health Education program sponsors the Delta Phi chapter of the Health Education National Honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma, providing student members with opportunities for personal and professional growth during the program and post-graduation.


Health Education (MS)


Health Education Program information  

The Master of Science Health Education program makes an advanced degree possible for those students already working in the field, as well as students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in health education or a related field. This program offers instruction in health behavior change theory and practice; program planning; marketing; health communications and program evaluation; and research techniques.

The Master of Science in Health Education is designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students and working health professionals by offering evening courses. Full-time students are able to complete the program within 18 months.

Master’s level health educators have employment opportunities in a variety of professional settings. These include worksite health promotion programs, non-profit community health agencies, university student health centers, state and local health departments, for-profit corporations, governmental agencies, faith-based settings, and health care systems such as hospitals, clinics, and managed care plans. There is a wide range of jobs filled by graduates. Examples include director of a corporate wellness program, health educator for an AIDS Prevention program, or a researcher on a disease management or prevention program.

Necessary skills for health educators include the assessment of community assets and needs, cultural competence to assure effective health intervention strategies for diverse populations, and the ability to interact effectively with the community. Typical responsibilities of a health educator include the preparation and dissemination of health education materials, coordination and management of health education programs, and the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs.

This program is designed to provide students with the required competencies needed to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Admission Requirements

An application packet may be requested from the Office of Graduate Programs or from http://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms. Admission decisions are made by a committee upon review of the following:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. Written statement of purpose.
  4. Prerequisite courses.
  5. GRE scores (optional).
  6. Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic).   
  7. Completion of the prerequisites listed below.

Transfer Credits and Course Waivers

Up to six graduate credits may be transferred and applied to the program from either another accredited institution or taken as a Life Long Learning student at UM-Flint.  Additional credits will be reviewed for students on an individual basis. This flexibility offers students every opportunity to pursue their interests in health education.

Grade Requirements

For the grading scale, see the beginning of the “Graduate Study” section of this catalog.  Students must receive a minimum of B- in any course taken while in the MS in Health Education program. Any course with a grade lower than a B- must be re-taken for an acceptable grade the next semester in which it is offered, and can only be re-taken once. A final grade point average of at least 5.0 is required for successful completion of the MS in Health Education program.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.


The following courses or their equivalents:

  • BIO 104 - Introduction to Human Biology (4)
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3)


At least 41 credits, as follows:

A. Health Education Foundations (22 credits)

  • HCR 500 - Epidemiology (4).
  • HED 540 - Health Education Theory and Strategies (3).
  • HED 541 - Program Planning and Program Design (3).
  • HED 542 - Administration and Management of Health Education Programs (3).
  • HED 543 - Community Assessment (3).
  • HED 544 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health (3).
  • HED 562 - Cultural Competence in Health Care (3).

B. Methods (13 credits)

  • HCR 506 - Research Methods (3).
  • or

  • PUB 506 - Research Methods (3).

  • HED 545 - Health Communications (3).
  • HED 546 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs (3).
  • HED 547 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals (4).

C. Electives (3 credits)

Selected with advisor

D. Internship/Practicum (3-6 credits)

One from:

  • HED 590 - Health Education Internship (3-6).
  • HED 591 - UHWC Practicum (3-6).

  • The internship is not required of those currently in professional health education positions.

E. Thesis Preparation Seminar (0-1 credit)

Strongly recommended:

  • HED 594 - Capstone/Thesis Preparation Seminar (1).

F. Capstone/Thesis (3 credits)

One from:

  • HED 595 - Thesis (3).
  • HED 596 - Health Education Capstone (3-6).

G. Thesis Continuation

One credit per term beyond enrollment in HED 595  or HED 596 :

  • HED 597 - Capstone/Thesis Continuation (1).

Transfer of Credit

Up to six graduate credits from an accredited university may be transferred and applied to the program.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses. They may be taken at any regionally accredited university.
    • BIO 104 or an equivalent course in anatomy and physiology
    • PSY 313 [PSY 237] Introduction to Developmental Psychology or an equivalent course

(Note: Minimum of C or better in intermediate algebra (Math 090) within last 5 years, or placement (not enrollment) into Math 111 within last 5 years based on UM-Flint Math Department placement test.)


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15

* You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term