Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Health Education

M. Ed. in Health Education

The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.

Is this program for me?

The Master’s Program in Health Education is designed to promote the development of professional health educators who understand the science, theory, and practice of health education and can apply this knowledge to improve the health and well-being of human populations.  Graduates are being sought by the ever-expanding health care industry.

It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).

What will I learn?

Through coursework, a Comprehensive Exam or Master's Thesis, and internships students will have the ability to:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion strategies, interventions, and programs.
  • Serve as a health resource person.
  • Communicate and advocate for health.
  • Administer allied health and health promotion programs.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan.  Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Health Education.

What can I do with my degree?

Many of our graduates go on to work in the following settings:

  • Community and Public Health Agencies – coalition building, needs assessments, grant writing, media advocacy, budgeting, public speaking, etc.
  • Healthcare setting – provide patient education, develop and conduct health and wellness programs, and develop health outreach services in the community
  • Worksite Health Promotion – employee wellness activities, health screenings, health resource person, annual health fairs, etc.
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities – health educator for wellness program and recreational activities.
  • Voluntary Health Agencies - plan, implement, and evaluate components of the agency’s programs.  Train volunteers, fundraise, and educate the community.

Graduates with a M.Ed. in Health Education may pursue the following careers:

  • Health Care Educator (patients, employees or students)
  • Health Care Agency Researcher
  • Health Care Agency Program Evaluator
  • Community College Instructors

There are numerous opportunities for graduates in Health Care Education and Administration.  Students may choose among the many branches of health care.  Please see the Health Advisor (within the Department of Educational Psychology) for more specific career opportunities.

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist

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