Masters in Health Education

M.S. in Health Education

The Master of Science in Health Education is a 36-hour degree program with the option to complete a thesis or non-thesis degree plan.

Students are provided the opportunities to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the literature of health education (including documentation of the history, competing philosophies, prominent theories and evidence-based practice of health education)
  2. Develop skills to read and apply research relevant to health education
  3. Prepare for professional leadership in the field

The program is grounded in the Responsibilities and Competencies for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) developed by the National Center for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). Students completing the master’s program are qualified to sit for the exam to be a Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

Degree Plan

The program requires interaction with an accomplished group of professional health educators and the study of a unique body of knowledge. It is based on a set of core responsibilities and competencies and facilitates the development of a competitive scholastic and professional portfolio for students.

Non-Thesis

In the non-thesis program, students are required to complete a block of core courses (the Health Education Core), a professional internship and elective coursework. Decisions on elective coursework are determined by the student with their Graduate Advisory Committee Chair and based on interests and career goals. View the non-thesis degree plan.

Thesis

The thesis program is research-oriented, but requires competence as a practicing health educator. Students are required to complete a block of core courses (the Health Education Core), research and statistic courses and elective coursework. Decisions on elective coursework are determined by the student with their Graduate Advisory Committee Chair and based on interests and career goals. View the thesis degree plan.

Teacher Certification

The M.S. in Health with an emphasis in teacher certification is designed for individuals seeking careers in education or education-related environments.  The program is designed to provide requisite knowledge and skills needed to receive Texas teacher certification in Health. View the emphasis in teacher education plan.

Coursework

All coursework and structured educational experiences of the program are designed to provide students the opportunity to develop skills and competencies as health education and health promotion professionals.

Master's students are expected to:

  • Work closely with faculty who are knowledgeable and engaged in health education scholarship.
  • Develop competence in designing, implementing and evaluating theory-based health education interventions.
  • Become professionally involved in Health Education professional associations.

Applicants should plan to take courses in preparation for graduate study in health education.

Admissions

We will only review COMPLETE applications. A COMPLETE application includes:

  • Apply Texas application
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a prior professor who can attest to your academic abilities)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Your current resume