2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Community Health Education - Master of Science

The Master of Science in Community Health Education Program prepares professionals to administer and develop health education programs, to implement health education processes and concepts, to understand current health issues, and to strengthen and improve skills appropriate to current or projected career goals. Candidates are encouraged to tailor coursework to their particular interests and the health issues specific to their professional responsibilities. This is a non-thesis degree in which a student completes a four-credit "Graduate Project in Health Education" (HED 798) related to a focused health education health promotion issue.

Admission requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in health education and health promotion.

  1. Students must receive acceptance to graduate study in health education and health promotion from the graduate admissions office. The letter of acceptance from the graduate admissions office may include an evaluation of previous academic work including deficiencies and/or specific prerequisite program requirements.
  2. Applicants must be granted unconditional admission to graduate study (a 2.85 GPA or above will satisfy grade point requirement), or must be admitted on probation to graduate study.
  3. Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the respective health education and health promotion graduate faculty.

All deficiencies and/or special prerequisites must be satisfied before the student has accumulated 12 graduate credits. Students have the option of completing these requirements prior to attending the university or prior to the accumulation of 12 graduate credits.


Any student denied admission into the master's program may request a program admission review. A written request for review must be submitted to the health education and health promotion department chair. This request will be forwarded to an appeals committee for the review of the admission status.

Prerequisite competency requirements as determined by MS-CHE program director:

PH 340 and PH 498; and ESS 205 or BIO 312; and ESS 206 or BIO 313; and one or more of the following health-related sciences: CHM 100, CHM 103, CHM 417, BIO 100, BIO 105, MIC 100, MIC 130; and one of the following social and behavioral sciences: SOC 110, SOC 120, PSY 100, PSY 210, PSY 212, PSY 320, PSY 334, PSY 343, PSY 360; and one of the following statistics/research design: CHE 350, STAT 145, PSY 331, PSY 420, SOC 250.


Non-thesis Option (43 Credits)

Required courses
HED 703Foundations in Health Education3
HED 706Research Tools and Processes6
HED 798Graduate Project in Health Education4
CHE 780Community Health Education Preceptorship8
Total Credits21

Each student will develop a program of study through advisement to meet individual needs and meet university requirements. The individualized program will include courses from each of the following core areas. A minimum of six credits will be taken in each area. Advising discussions with the program director will determine any course options that will count in the core areas, in addition to those indicated below:

Administration and program development core
Select minimum of six credits6
Worksite Health Promotion
Philosophy and Organization of Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs
Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation in Health Promotion
Public Health Administration and Organization
Total Credits6
Health education processes and concepts core
Select minimum of six credits6
Experiential Learning Strategies for Health Education
Contemporary Issues in Health Education
Epidemiology and Public Health Issues
Total Credits6
Health content and skills core
Select minimum of six credits6
Cultural Issues in Health Ed: Ethnic, Racial, Religious, and Familial Groups
Stress Management and Relaxation Skills
Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior
Sexual Health Promotion
Health Aspects of Aging
Nutrition Education
Environmental Health
Total Credits6
Minimum core credits: 18
Electives minimum: 4

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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