The master's degree program in Health Education and Promotion is designed to enable individuals to pursue their diverse interests in the field while addressing the competencies essential to the professional development of health educators. The Health Education and Promotion program offers a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in which students choose one of two concentrations. The community health education concentration (36 credits) prepares students seeking the Certified Health Education Specialist credential. The school health education concentration (35 credits) prepares students to pursue school health licensure in the state of Ohio.
Students enter the master's program from various backgrounds, including health education, nursing, gerontology, sociology, psychology, allied health, nutrition, and environmental studies. Many students are employed in health related professions and attend the university on a part-time basis. To meet the individual needs of our students, courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening. In addition, some courses are web based. Students in the program utilize theoretical models of attitude and behavioral change in assessing educational needs, designing educational interventions, evaluating the effectiveness of program efforts, and advocating for creative and competent health education opportunities. These skills prepare our graduate students for various employment positions in local, state, and national government; K-12 schools and community colleges; health care facilities; worksite wellness programs; and nonprofit organizations.