With today’s increased focus on encouraging healthy behaviors and preventing illness in individuals and communities, the need for qualified health education specialists is on the rise, with a 21% growth in employment anticipated over the next 10 years.*

Meet the demand for qualified professionals in this field by furthering your education with an M.S. in Health Education and Promotion. Explore the latest health behavior theories, trends, and practices and develop the skills to design health communications; plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs; or serve as an educator on public health issues in a variety of settings. Study individual and population health as well as the social science aspects of health and gain a basic understanding of core public health principles. Discover how you can empower individuals to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors and help create social and physical environments that support those behaviors.

One of the few universities to offer an online master’s program in Health Education and Promotion, Walden has designed this program to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare you to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.

Walden’s MS in Health Education and Promotion is part of one of the largest suites of public health programs available online today. Along with a B.S. in Public Health, an MPH, a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and a Ph.D. in Public Health, Walden provides public health professionals with a continuous path for career growth. 

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (viewed online January 22, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. 

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Students enrolled in the M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program may choose the General Program or one of three optional specializations to gain further knowledge in a particular area. Students who choose an optional specialization will add three specialization courses to their curriculum.

Completion Requirements

  • 50 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Elective course (5 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)  

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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*Choose either this course or one course from all courses offered within the MS Health Education and Promotion Specializations as your elective.

Optional Specializations

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program may gain further knowledge in a particular area by adding optional specialization courses to their curriculum for a total of 65 quarter credits. These specializations include:

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The Emergency Preparedness specialization is designed to help you be personally and professionally prepared to respond to a disaster. From mitigating risks to recovering from a catastrophe, health education and promotion plays an integral role in responding to emergency situations. Study critical issues in emergency management; strategies for assessing, preparing and preventing disasters; and lessons in how to help others deal with disaster, crisis and trauma.

Completion Requirements

  • 60 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)  

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Explore the role that health education and promotion plays in the development and implementation of health policies and programs that improve health across all populations. The Health Policy and Advocacy specialization is designed to prepare you to advocate, influence, and implement public policies, programs and systems that facilitate healthy behaviors and are conducive to people’s health. Study critical issues in health policy and advocacy including: diversity and human rights; ethics and social justice; American policies and politics; health legislation; and leadership development.

Completion Requirements

  • 60 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)  

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Specialization Courses (Choose three)

 

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Customize your studies by choosing three elective courses that complement your personal and professional goals. The Self-Designed specialization offers the flexibility and freedom to create a curriculum tailored to your interests and objectives. Choose from a diverse selection of concentration courses that explore topics such as emergency preparedness, health policy, and management and leadership.

Completion Requirements

  • 60 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Capstone (5 cr.) 
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.) Choose three from any of the specializations in the MS in Health Education and Promotion.

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 50 total quarter credit hours  $395 per quarter hour $19,750
Books and Materials Estimated costs included $0
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $720
    Total $20,470
    Transfer up to 25 credits $10,235
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $10,235

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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The health education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health.

The M.S. in Health Education and Promotion program will help prepare you to advance in the field, working as a health educator in academic, clinical, community, or corporate settings.

Health educators work to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. They do this by:

  • Assessing needs
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs
  • Coordinating health education services
  • Serving as resource people
  • Advocating for specific health issues

An M.S. in Health Education and Promotion can help you gain the skills and experience to work within a wide range of settings to promote healthy lifestyles. These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community health agencies
  • State and local health departments
  • Schools and universities
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Hospitals and clinics

Master’s-level health education specialists may also serve as consultants, teach at the college or university level, or work as researchers.**

In light of initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 and its goal to “increase the quality, availability, and effectiveness of educational and community-based programs designed to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and enhance quality of life,” the demand for skilled health education specialists is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this field has a 21% anticipated growth in employment over the next 10 years.*

Fast Facts: Salary and Employment

According to the BLS:

  • The mean annual wage for this occupation is $53,100.
  • The states with the highest employment level in this occupation are California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
  • The top-paying states are:
    • Maryland: $79,510
    • District of Columbia: $73,950
    • Georgia: $72,050
    • Delaware: $67,390
    • Rhode Island: $66,520

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (viewed online January 22, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm#ind (viewed online February 14, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

**Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Aligned with the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), this program provides an opportunity to:

  • Explore best practices of health communication that you can apply to promote and advocate for individual and population health.
  • Gain a global perspective on the role of health education and a working knowledge of core public health principles.
  • Study individual and population health, behavior change theory, and health education.
  • Prepare to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.
  • Prepare to train the next generation of health education and promotion leaders and researchers.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Examine historic milestones, current challenges, and future trends related to health and health education.
  2. Analyze biological, social, political, cultural, environmental, and behavioral factors that impact individual and population health.
  3. Assess community needs and capacity for health education.
  4. Develop culturally tailored health education programs and communication using health behavior theories and models.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs, communication, and research.
  6. Apply key leadership concepts and skills to effectively administer health education programs and services.
  7. Utilize best practices of health communication to promote and advocate for individual and population health.
  8. Apply research principles and methods to address 21st-century health challenges.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.