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 MS 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 BS in Public Health, an MPH, a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and a PhD in Public Health, Walden provides public health professionals with a continuous path for career growth. 

Learning Outcomes

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.

Note on Certification:
The MS in Health Education and Promotion has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES and MCHES exams, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

*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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