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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION


The program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Education is a 42 point degree, two-year program designed for those who wish to develop the skills necessary to plan and implement health education programs for a variety of populations and in a range of practice settings, as well as in-depth preparation in an area of specialization or in one of the behavioral and social sciences underlying the practice of health education. Thus, the program of study enables students to prepare, through the selection of courses in required areas and through elective course work, for professional practice as a health education specialist in community, hospital, school or workplace settings. The M.S. degree may serve as an entry-level professional credential for a career in health education or may serve to prepare qualified students to go on for more advanced professional study in health education or other health-related fields. Completion of the degree program makes graduates eligible to qualify for certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

M.S. Program Requirements

I. MAJOR - PUBLIC HEALTH CORE KNOWLEDGE [21 Points]

1. HBSS4100 Behavioral and Social Science Foundations of Health Education (3)
    -Offered Fall & Summer Session (A) Online

2. HBSS4102 Principles of Epidemiology in Health Promotion (3)
    -Offered Fall and Summer Session (B) Online

3. HBSS4118 Principles of Health-Related Behavioral & Social Change:Initiation to
    Maintenance to Maintenance (3)
    -Offered Fall Online/In-Person & Summer Session (A-B) Online

4. HBSS4160 Introduction to Biostatistics for Community Health Educators (3)
    -Offered Fall Online/In-Person

5. HBSS4161 Environmental Health (3)
    -Offered Spring Online/In-Person

6. HBSS4162 Health Services Administration (3)
    -Offered Spring Online/In-Person

7. HBSS6100 Program Evaluation (3)
    -Offered Spring & Summer A

II. COMMUNITY HEALTH CORE KNOWLEDGE [9 Points]

8. HBSS4114 Competency with Multicultural Populations: Research & Practice (3)
    -Offered Spring Online/In-Person & Summer Session (A-B) Online

9.  HBSS5111 Planning Health Education Programs (3)
     -Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Session (B)

10. HBSS5112 Social Marketing and Health Communications (3)
      -Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Session (A) Online/In-Person

III. BROAD AND BASIC AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
     AND PRACTICE [6 Points]


11. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)

12. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)
      -Select 2 NON-HBSS courses or 2 out-of-department courses for 3 points each.
      -Several Non-HBSS courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, & Summer Online/In-
      Person. 

IV. ELECTIVE COURSE [3 Points]

13. HBSS Elective (3)
      -Select 1 course for 3 points from among the options listed in the M.S. Program of
      Study Guide.
      -Several HBSS courses that satisfy this requirement are offered in the Fall, Spring,
      & Summer Online/In-Person.

V. PRACTICAL SKILLS (FIELDWORK) [3 Points]

14. HBSS5410 Practicum in Health Education (3)
      -Offered Fall, Spring & Summer Session (A-B) [15 weeks – May to August]

VI. CULMINATING PROJECT FOR RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND
      INQUIRY [0 Points]


15. NOT A COURSE Culminating Project for Research, Scholarship and Inquiry (0)

      -This involves an opportunity for students to work closely with their advisor and to
      integrate what they have learned throughout the program (e.g. major research
      paper; community health education curriculum; design a health promotion, disease
      prevention, or health education program; research project; grant application; or, an
      approved alternative).

VII. CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO [0 Points]

16. NOT A COURSE Submission of Capstone Portfolio as a requirement for
      graduation (0)

      -As the very last requirement for the 42 point MS Program in Community Health
      Education, students must compile and submit a Capstone Portfolio (0 points) in
      order to be eligible for graduation. Students are to create a digital compilation of
      the following materials: Capstone Portfolio Introduction (1-2 pages) that provides
      an overview of the materials in the portfolio, being placed at the beginning of their
      digital portfolio; all of the student’s Course Competency Evaluation Projects
      associated with every HBSS course they have taken during their 42 point degree
      program—including their out-of-program coursework’s final/major projects; all of
      the student’s Course Competency Evaluation Project Scoring Rubrics completed
      by faculty to evaluate/grade each of their Course Competency Evaluation Projects;
      a copy of their Culminating Project for Research Scholarship and Inquiry; a copy of
      their Advisor’s Evaluation of the Culminating Project for Research Scholarship and
      Inquiry; and, finally, a Capstone Portfolio Conclusion (3-4 pages) that summarizes
      and synthesizes their materials, including an analysis of what they feel they have
      personally accomplished through their degree studies. Finally, students are to
      include a Resume updated to the month before graduation. Students should
      place all materials in sequential order from the first to last semester. It is
      recommended that students work closely with their advisor to ensure that they
      have followed all of the above instructions.

Minimum Required Total = 42 Points
Approximately 70% of the Minimum Required Courses for the M.S. Degree are Available Online

  • The 42 Point M.S. can be completed in 2 years if you take courses # 1, 2, 3, 4 in the Fall, courses # 5, 6, 7, 8 in the Spring, and courses # 9, 10, 11 in the Summer. Your second year as an M.S. student you must enroll in courses # 12, 13, 14 in the Fall and courses # 15 and 16 in the Spring. 


M.S. Program Guide PDF

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