Public Health Education & Promotion M.S. 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 agencies, health clubs, hospitals, corporations, and academic campuses.

The program is based on standards and guidelines from:

  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Association for Health Education (AAHE)
  • 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

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 540 Designing and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3)
  • HPR 555 Health Communication (3)
  • IPE   715  Research Methods in Health Education (3)
  • HPR 598 Internship (3)
  • Nine (9) credits in HPR Electives
    • HPR 510 Global Health and Culture (3)
    • HPR 534 Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management (3) or HPR 500 Exercise Physiology (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.