Public Health Education & Promotion (M.S.)

What is the study of Public Health Education and Promotion (PHEP)? 

Health education specialists are professionals that teach wellness promoting behaviors. They are involved in the development and implementation of strategies that work to improve the health of both individuals and communities.

Health education and promotion is a behavioral social science that focuses on the behaviors, systems, environments, and policies affecting health at a variety of levels, including:  

  • Improving the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation.
  • Enhancing the quality of life for all people. 
  • Reducing premature deaths.
  • Reducing costs (both financial and human) through a focus on prevention, health education and promotion.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Individual and group education
  • Training and counseling
  • Audio-visual and computerized educational materials development
  • Community development
  • Social action and planning
  • Advocacy
  • Coalition building

 Why PHEP Now?

The need for knowledgeable, skillful health educators and health promotion specialists has never been greater as Americans seek to improve their quality of life and reduce health care costs through disease prevention.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Career Outlook for health educators is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

Why study at Marymount University? 

Is your dream graduate school in a bustling metropolis or is it in a smaller suburb with a cozy community? Do you see yourself working closely with faculty mentors or receiving lectures from top experts in the field? Marymount offers all of this and more! 

At Marymount University students don’t need to decide between the benefits of a smaller school and the resources of a larger university. Our faculty, location, and future-focused coursework are a few of the ways this small school stands out in providing high quality education that rivals those of large universities.  

Our evening classes are convenient, and our small class size allows for engaging discussions and group work, much like what students will experience in the workplace. 

As the concept of a global community becomes more recognized and valued, Marymount students are ready for to step into positions as global leaders. We offer global education opportunities that allow our students to learn about the various health communities and health inequities all over the world.

Additionally, we have geared our coursework to prepare graduates of the Public Health Education and Promotion (PHEP) program to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Graduating students who take this exam consistently score above the national average, including a 100% pass rate on the CHES exam in 2017 and 2018!