Below are a list of commonly asked questions about the Public Health Education and Promotion program. If you have any additional questions, please “Ask a Question“.
Q: What is Health Education and Promotion?
The purpose of health education and promotion is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health. It involves the development of individual, group, institutional, community and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills and behavior. These strategies include: individual and group education, training and counseling, audio-visual and computerized educational materials development, community development, social action and planning, advocacy, and coalition building.
The Health Education and Promotion program at Marymount University is based on the competencies necessary to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). The CHES competencies are generic to the practice of health education, whether it takes place in schools, colleges, workplaces, medical care settings, public health settings, or other settings within a community. The following is a list of some skills and competencies required of health educators:
- Assess individual and community needs
- Plan and develop health education programs
- Implement health education programs
- Manage health education programs and personnel
- Evaluate health education programs
- Write grants
- Build coalitions
- Identify resources and make referrals
- Develop mass media campaigns
- Organize and mobilize communities for action
- Advocate for health related issues
- Train volunteers
- Use a variety of education and training methods
- Develop audio, visual, and print materials
- Conduct research
- Write scholarly articles
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has releases a video showcasing the various roles, work settings, specialized training, and valuable contributions of health education specialists to enhancing the quality of life for all.
Q: Why is health education and promotion important?
- Health education and promotion improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation.
- Health education and promotion enhances the quality of life for all people.
- Health education and promotion reduces premature deaths.
- By focusing on prevention, health education and promotion reduces the costs (both financial and human) that individuals, employers, families, insurance companies, medical facilities, communities, the state and the nation would spend on medical treatment.
Q: Who provides health education and promotion?
Nationally, voluntary credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is available from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC). CHES competencies (health education needs assessment; program planning, implementation and evaluation; service coordination; and Health Education needs, concerns, resource communication) are generic to the practice of health education, whether it takes place in schools, colleges, workplaces, medical care settings, public health settings or other educational settings of the community. CHES are re-certified every five years based on documentation of participation in 75 hours of approved continuing education activities.
Q: What is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)?
Marymount’s Health Education and Promotion (M.S.) program prepares students for the CHES exam by teaching courses based on the core competencies. The CHES designation signifies that an individual has met the required academic qualifications, successfully passed the competency-based examination, and satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the credential.
The CHES exam has met national standards in credentialing and has been accredited by the National Commission of Certified Agencies accreditation since 2008.
Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES examination is offered in paper-and-pencil format at college campuses throughout the United States. While there are approximately 130 testing sites currently registered, any campus with a testing service is eligible to become a testing site.
For more information on the CHES please visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC).
Q: What kind of work can I do with a Health Education and Promotion Degree?
- In schools health educators teach health as a subject and promote and implement Coordinated School Health Programs, including health services, student, staff and parent health education, and promote healthy school environments and school-community partnerships. At the school district level they develop education methods and materials; coordinate, promote, and evaluate programs; and write funding proposals.
- Working on a college/university campus, health educators are part of a team working to create an environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices and create a caring community. They identify needs; advocate and do community organizing; teach whole courses or individual classes; develop mass media campaigns; and train peer educators, counselors, and/or advocates. They address issues related to disease prevention; consumer, environmental, emotional, sexual health; first aid, safety and disaster preparedness; substance abuse prevention; human growth and development; and nutrition and eating issues. They may manage grants and conduct research.
- In companies, health educators perform or coordinate employee counseling as well as education services, employee health risk appraisals, and health screenings. They design, promote, lead and/or evaluate programs about weight control, hypertension, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, stress management and smoking cessation; develop educational materials; and write grants for money to support these projects. They help companies meet occupational health and safety regulations, work with the media, and identify community health resources for employees.
- In health care settings health educators educate patients about medical procedures, operations, services and therapeutic regimens; create activities and incentives to encourage use of services by high risk patients; conduct staff training and consult with other health care providers about behavioral, cultural or social barriers to health; promote self-care; develop activities to improve patient participation on clinical processes; educate individuals to protect, promote or maintain their health and reduce risky behaviors; make appropriate community-based referrals; and write grants.
- In community organizations and government agencies health educators help a community identify its needs, draw upon its problem-solving abilities and mobilize its resources to develop, promote, implement and evaluate strategies to improve its own health status. Health educators do community organizing and outreach, grant writing, coalition building, advocacy, and develop, produce, and evaluate mass media health campaigns.
Q:What are the future trends in employment in Health Education and Promotion?
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there were an estimated 58,900 health educators in 2012.
- Employment of health educators will grow by projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
- 5 out of 10 health educators work in healthcare and social assistance
- 2 out of 10 work in state and local government
Q: Why should I get my Masters in Health Education and Promotion from Marymount University?
Marymount University offers the perfect combination of smaller class sizes allow experienced professors to truly get to know students and offer more personalized instruction.
Q: What are the objectives of the program?
- Exhibit the knowledge and skills to function as competent graduate-level health educators;
- Select, choose, and implement contemporary non technology-based equipment, industry tools/inventories, and/or other practical “hands-on” applications in health and wellness;
- Evaluate the rationality and sensitivity of values and ethics in the health and wellness filed using critical thinking behaviors/skills;
- Evaluate various methods of technology in the classroom, in designing and evaluating health promotion programs, and/or in the clinical setting;
- Plan, implement, administer and evaluate health education strategies, interventions and programs;
- Critique research in order to assess individual and community needs for health education
- Advocate for preventive health education; and
- Advocate and communicate for health and health education.
Q: What are the program requirements?
|Course||Description||# of Credits|
|HPR 501||Foundations of Health Educations and Health Promotion||3|
|HPR 502||Introduction to Public Health and Preventive Medicine||3|
|HPR 520||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|HPR 534 or HPR 500||Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management or Exercise Physiology||3|
|HPR 540||Designing and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs||3|
|HPR 555||Health Communication||3|
|HPR 591||Research Methods in Health Education||3|
|HPR Electives||Take (6) elective credits in a number of different courses such as :
|Additional Graduate Coursework||Take (6) additional graduate credits to concentrate your studies from different departments:
Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
Q: What unique experiences will I gain through this program?
Q:How do I apply?
- Present acceptable scores from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (see Note on Test Scores);
- Provide two letters of recommendation from educators or employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate work; and
- Interview with the department chair.
NOTE: The testing requirement is waived for students who have earned a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students with significant professional experience in the field and a record of outstanding undergraduate or graduate performance may petition the chair for a waiver of the standardized test requirement.
Nondegree Admission; Students may enroll in health education and promotion classes as nondegree students. No more than 9 credits may be taken without being admitted to the health education and promotion degree program.
Minimum Grade Requirement: A grade of B- or better is needed to pass core courses. No course may be repeated more than once. Students who receive a grade below B- in three or more graduate courses are subject to dismissal, even if courses were repeated for a higher grade. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.