The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Health Education and Promotion (HEDP) 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. Students can choose one of two concentrations:

  • The Community Health concentration (33 credits) provides background for those who will be involved in positions of leadership in a wide variety of health-related community settings, as well as for those who plan to pursue doctoral work in fields related to health education and health promotion. This prepares students seeking the Certified Health Education Specialist credential.
  • The School Health Additional Licensure concentration (35 credits) enables graduates to teach health in schools or pursue diverse interests in the field. Competencies essential to school health education are addressed. This 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.

For detailed guidelines, explore the Graduate Handbook.

Admission Requirements:

Official transcript(s), a goal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Admission into the School Health Additional Licensure concentration also requires current Ohio teaching license. For further information regarding application and admission, visit the Graduate Application website. For further information on the program, explore the HEDP M.Ed. Course Catalog. In addition, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in your undergraduate study if you are applying for the community health concentration. A minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate study is required if you are applying for the school health concentration. 

  • For more information about Master's in School Health Additional Licensure program, please contact Dr. Donna Bernert at dbernert@kent.edu or (330) 672-0682.
  • For more information about Master's in Community Health program, please contact Dr. Laurie Wagner at lyoo@kent.edu or (330) 672-0685.

The program requires the completion of 35-36 semester hours. This consists of 6 hours of elective course or thesis option and 29-30 hours of health education. Please see the Plan of Study for Community Health and School Health Education below for detailed course information.


Course Summary

For students in Community Health

TOTAL    33 Credit Hours

HED 64061 Foundations of HEDP, fall
HED 64050 Health Behavior (prerequisite: HED64010), fall, web-based

HED 64063 Strategies in HEDP, spring
HED 64030 Intro to Research and Data Analysis In HEDP, spring
HED 64062 Administration of Health Promotion Programs, spring

HED 64055 Needs Assessment and Program Planning in Health Promotion, fall
HED 64059 Communications and Marketing in HEDP, fall, web-based

HED 64057 Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs, spring
HED 64080 Advocacy and Policy Issues in HEDP, spring
 

Please note, in addition to these above course in total of 27 credit hours you also need to take 6 credit hours of elective courses.

Download the Plan of Study Form for Master's in Community Health.

For students in School Health Additional Licensure

TOTAL    35 Credit Hours

HED 64061 Foundations of HEDP, fall
HED 64055 Needs Assessment and Program Planning in Health Promotion, fall
HED 64050 Health Behavior  (prerequisite: HED64010), fall, web-based
HED 64051 Biobehavioral Aspects of Disease Prevention in HEDP, spring
HED 64063 Strategies in HEDP, spring
HED 54543 Administration of School Health Programs, spring
HED 64059 Communications and Marketing in HEDP, spring, web-based 
HED 54550 Drug Abuse & Violence Prevention, spring
HED 64057 Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs, spring
HED 54544 Sexual Health Promotion Programs, spring

HED 64058 Developmental Approaches to Content and Resources in Health Education, spring
HED54096 IND INV Health ED Prog
Note:
HED 64058 offered every other year only in spring semester (2013, 2015, etc.)
HED 54096 should be taken concurrently with HED64055 or HED64057.

Download the Plan of Study Form for Master's in School Health Additional Licensure..