Health Policy and Advocacy

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 sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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.


The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 6005 Course Perspectives on health and the Developing Professional Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6110 Course Exploring Health Education in the 21st Century Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6205 Course Assessing Community Needs for Health Education Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6030 Course Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Health Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6475 Course Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6412 Course Health Education and Communication Strategies Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6245 Course Applied Research in Public Health Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6031 Course Public Health Administration and Leadership Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6800 Course M.S. in Health Education Capstone Credits 5

Specialization Courses (choose three)

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 6051 Course Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6405 Course Ethics and Social Justice Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6111 Course Leadership and Organizational Change Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6112 Course Governance and Public Policy Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6280 Course Policy and Politics in American Political Institutions Credits 5
Course Code HLTH 6840 Course Health Policy and Management Credits 5
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