Health Education and Promotion M.A. Program

The M.A in Health Education and Promotion is a 33-credit graduate degree that provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community, and corporate settings.  This program prepares students to meet the expanding need for health education professionals capable of working with the community in a variety of public, private, and professional settings. Graduates of the program may also find career opportunities as health advocates, program planners and evaluators, case managers, policy analysts and health administrators. This degree may also be suitable for individuals such as nurses, social workers, physician assistants or allied health personnel who wish to enhance their qualifications.  Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) or MCHES exam (Master Certified Health Education Specialist), a national credential awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Students also may complete the degree program entirely online by taking online courses only. The online-only option is not available to students studying on an F1 Visa.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the M.A. in Health Education and Promotion, an applicant must:

  1. Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  2. Have completed an approved program of study with a minimum average of approximately B (3.0) in the major and B- (2.7) overall.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation (including one from a professor from your undergraduate degree program).
  4. Submit a personal goal statement.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 33 graduate credits and a comprehensive examination. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

In required HEA courses (21):

HEA 602Research Methods in Health Education


HEA 603History and Philosophy of Health Education and Promotion


HEA 620Health Counseling


HEA 622Organization and Administration of Health Education and Promotion Programs


HEA 623Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Education


HEA 670Field Experience in Health Education


HEA 671Teaching Strategies for Health; Psychosocial Wellness


HEA 670: Subject to departmental permission, students currently employed in the field of health education may take an HEA elective in lieu of HEA 670.

In HEA electives (12)