The Master of Science in Health Education 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.

Masters 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.

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

Admission Information


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.

For more course information, please visit the catalog here.