Why UM-Flint

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

  • The program offers instruction to prepare you for opportunities in areas such as: health behavior change theory and practice; program planning and implementation; marketing, health communications, program evaluation and research techniques.
  • The MS in Health Education program makes an advanced degree possible, whether or not you have prior relevant job experience or have completed an undergraduate degree in Health Education.
  • You can pursue the MS in Health Education on either a full-time (18-month) or a part-time (24-month) basis.
  • Students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall, but motivated full-time students can begin in the spring and complete the program within 18 months.
  • 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 while in the program and post-graduation.
  • The MS in Heath Education program provides opportunities for students to apply health education competencies and skills  through practicums in the UM-Flint Urban Health and Wellness Center, a nurse-managed clinic located on campus that provides outpatient health care services to currently enrolled UM-Flint students and medically underserved patients living in Genesee County. 
  • MS in Health Education students have the opportunity to provide volunteer health education services to the uninsured and underinsured of Flint through the Physical Therapy Health Education and Rehabilitation student-run free clinic (PT HEART).
  • Masters-level health educators are employed in a variety of professional settings and roles. Potential opportunities include: worksite health promotion program; non-profit community health agency; university student health center ; state or local health department; for-profit corporation; governmental agency;  faith-based setting; and hospital, clinic, or managed care plan.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an 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 accredited university.
    • BIO 104 or an equivalent course in anatomy and physiology
    • COM/THE 210 Introduction to Public Speaking, an equivalent course, or relevant experience
    • 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


Health Education (Master of Science)

Requirements. At least 41 credits, as follows:

  1. Health education foundations (22 credits).
    HCR 500 - Epidemiology.   
    HED 540 - Health Education Theory and Strategies. 
    HED 541 - Program Planning and Program Design. 
    HED 542 - Administration and Management of Health Education Programs. 
    HED 543 - Community Assessment. 
    HED 544 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health. 
    HED 562 - Cultural Competence in Health Care.  
  2. Methods (13 credits).
    HCR 506 - Research Methods.  / PUB 506 - Research Methods.   
    HED 545 - Health Communications.   
    HED 546 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs. 
    HED 547 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals.  
  3. Electives (3 credits).
    Selected with advisor.
  4. Internship/Practicum (3-6 credits).
    HED 590  or HED 591 . The internship is not required of those currently in professional health education positions.
  5. Thesis Preparation Seminar (0-1 credit).
    HED 594  (strongly recommended).
  6. Capstone/Thesis (3 credits).
    HED 595  or HED 596 .
  7. Thesis continuation (1 credit per term beyond enrollment in HED 595  or HED 596 ).
    HED 597 .

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


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