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.

CAREER FOCUSED

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.

FLEXIBLE FORMAT

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.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

EXPERT FACULTY

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.

SMALL CLASSES

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.

U-M RESOURCES

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.

Courses

Prerequisites

The following courses or their equivalents:

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

Requirements

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.

 

Additional information on the Master of Science in Health Education including course descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Admission

Requirements

  • 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.)

Applying

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, October 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term