Purpose of the Master of Science in Health Education
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Education is designed to enhance an earned related undergraduate degree and/or to expand and advance the knowledge and skills of professionals who are practicing and/or working in settings associated with health education/health promotion.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a health educator provides and manages health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. In lieu of that description, the graduate students in our program receive a broad scope of courses that will promote the development of knowledge and skills required of health educators.
The M.S. in Health Education has been developed to prepare students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam as offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
The M.S. in Health Education is an accepted degree program in the PreK-12 Educator Tuition (P.E.T.) Program at ESU. The P.E.T. Program was designed to decrease out-of-pocket tuition expenses charged directly to the student. Approved and participating school districts are billed for the cost of the student’s tuition, leaving only related fees to be assumed by the student.
Plan of Study
This program requires a minimum of 30 credits. The requirements for the MS in Health Education program are included below. Credit hours for each course are indicated in parenthesis.
All courses are offered in an online format. Generally, given how courses are sequenced in delivery and offering, it takes the M.S. in Health Education student approximately two years to complete the program.
HLTH 515: Determinants of Disease (3)
HLTH 538: Health Policy and Administration (3)
HLTH 539: Health Education Methods Workshop (3)
HLTH 541: Health and Media Literacy: Challenges and Strategies (3)
HLTH 546: Advocacy and Leadership in Health Education (3)
HLTH 555: Health Education Evaluation (3)
HLTH 560: Scientific Foundations of Health Behavior (3)
HLTH 563: Public Health Measurement Sciences (3)
HLTH 570: Introduction to Research in Health Education (3)
HLTH 571: Health Education Research Problem – Independent Study – Capstone Project (3)
Capstone Project/Experience (HLTH 571)
The M.S. in Health Education students culminate the program with a capstone project. More "experiential" in its application, the capstone requirement is meant to synthesize the scope of knowledge, theory, and leadership and advocacy skills developed across the breadth of the program. Because the M.S. in Health Education is geared towards the working health education/health promotion professional, capstone proposals and projects are unique to the student and their current or anticipated professional experiences. Comprehensive capstone proposals and projects are accomplished with consultation and direction provided by a chosen Health Studies Department faculty member. Generally, the capstone project is initiated in the last six credits of the program.
Tuition and fees for 100% online programs
Because the M.S. in Health Education is an approved Distance Education Program and can be completed in a 100% online format, non-resident students (anyone living outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) pay only 102% of the current in-state rate. Additionally, students in our online programs pay a lower rate for related fees.
Graduate assistantships are available through the Health Studies Department. Assistantships are awarded to students who are carrying a full graduate load and have demonstrable academic achievement and related professional experiences. While the M.S. in Health Education is an online program, only candidates who are able to keep on-campus office hours are considered.