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Get a master’s in health education from a university recognized for exceptional CHES exam preparation.¹

To ease the strain on our healthcare system, the nation’s healthcare providers are shifting to prevention as a path to greater wellness for all Americans. Help lead the way toward a health revolution with an MS in Health Education and Promotion from Walden. A master’s in health education prepares students to educate the public on health issues as well as design, implement, and evaluate communications and prevention programs.

Focus on Your Passion

Engage in intensive learning and build expertise in one of the few online programs dedicated exclusively to health education and promotion.

Job-ready Skills

The curriculum in this program aligns with the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Certification Preparation

Coursework prepares you to sit for the national career-enhancing Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams.

Activate Positive Change

This program can put you on the front lines of a rewarding field. Make a difference working directly with individuals and populations.

Program Savings

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General Program and Specializations

Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Preparedness specialization is designed to help you be personally and professionally prepared to respond to a disaster.

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.

Population Health

Focus on preventing illness, injuries, disabilities, and chronic diseases; reducing disparities in healthcare access; and promoting longevity within specific, predetermined groups of people through social outreach and planned interventions.


Customize your studies by choosing three elective courses that complement your personal and professional goals.

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Expand your critical leadership and practical skills—such as grant writing and generating resources—to support your own ideas and promote innovation within your organization.

General Program

A master’s in health education prepares students to educate the public on health issues as well as design, implement, and evaluate communications and prevention programs.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online MS in Health Education and Promotion will be prepared to:

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

What's the Career Impact of Earning a Master's in Health Education and Promotion

What Can I Do With a Master’s in Health Education?

A master’s in health education degree from Walden can prepare you for a number of direct service or leadership positions in academic, clinical, community, or corporate settings. These include:

  • Health educator/counselor
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health coach/wellness coach
  • Health coalition specialist
  • Community health/outreach coordinator
  • Health education specialist/director

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online master’s in health education degree program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

A master’s degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. The salary difference between a bachelor’s and master’s degree is significant, according to Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight:2

  • Associate degree: $48,600
  • Bachelor’s degree: $51,000
  • Master’s degree: $73,400


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