Program Requirements

Public Health Education and Promotion (M.S)

This program prepares new and current health promotion practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion and wellness programs in a variety of settings: non-profit organizations, community health centers, health departments, government agenices, health clubs, hospitals, corporations, and academic campuses. The program’s coursework provides the knowledge and skills needed by health promotion professionals, as defined by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), American Public Health Association (APHA), American Association for Health Education (AAHE), and National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC).

Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Public Health Education and Promotion program, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit the knowledge to function as competent graduate-level health educators
  • Apply theories and/or models to the process of needs assessment and planning health education/promotion strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Apply ethical standards to the development and implementation of health education/promotion programs
  • Evaluate resource materials, equipment, industry tools/inventories, and/or other practical applications used in health education/promotion programing
  • Interpret research related to health education/promotion
  • Communicate about and promote health and health education/promotion

Admissions Process

In addition to the university wide requirements for graduate admissions, applicants must also Provide two letters of recommendation from educators or employers who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate work.

Nondegree Admission;  Students may enroll in Public 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.

Degree Requirements

36 credits

Required Courses

  • HPR 501 Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion (3)
  • HPR 502 Introduction to Public Health and Preventive Medicine (3)
  • HPR 520 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • HPR 534 Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management (3) or HPR 500 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 598 Internship (3)
  • Six (6) credits in HPR Electives
    • HPR 510 Global Health and Culture (3)
    • HPR 536 Stress Management (3)
    • HPR 550 Management of Health and Wellness Organizations (3)
    • HPR 560 Design of Adult Fitness Programs (3)
    • HPR 580 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
    • HPR 588 Selected Topics in Health Education and Promotion (3)
    • HPR 599 Research Project (3)
  • Six (6) additional credits of graduate coursework

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 dismissed, even if courses were repeated for a higher grade. Students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.