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Explore our MS in Health Education and Promotion Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization

Are you ready to create meaningful and sustainable change in how we address important health problems that the world faces today? Do you have a communication strategy or emerging idea that will aid in promoting health education? With Walden’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialization, you will 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.

Designed for entrepreneurial professionals and students across all public health administration disciplines, coursework in this self-designed Walden MS in Health Education and Promotion specialization covers a range of organizational activities and structures, including public, private, and nonprofit sector responses.

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Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

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

These credits represent the minimum credits required for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

HLTH 6005

Perspectives on Health and the Developing Professional

Students in this course cover the origins and evolution of the concept of health, including some of the important health problems that face the world today and emerging concerns for the future. In this foundational course, stuents are introduced to key events in history as well as some of the health systems and issues that a modern health practitioner may encounter. Strategies for success as graduate-level scholars and health practitioners are integrated in a way that provides meaningful context to learners. Students discuss key concepts with peers, and the course culminates with a reflection paper designed to help learners evaluate their professional goals and how to progress as scholar-practitioners and social change agents. Students explore careers in various public health and health education settings and experience a virtual health department to learn about various functions and personnel.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6110

Exploring Health Education in the 21st Century

What does it mean to be a health educator in the 21st century? Students in this foundation course explore the field of health education: historical milestones, current issues, and future opportunities and challenges. They examine settings for practice, professional competencies, interprofessional collaborations, credentialing, professional organizations, use of technology, and ethical issues pertaining to health education. Students analyze current issues in the field by reviewing scholarly publications and research pertaining to health education practice. Course assignments include an introduction to commonly used health education theories and models, and students have the opportunity to develop a philosophy statement for health education practice in the new millennium.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6038

Health Behavior Theory

Students in this course are introduced to concepts necessary for promoting positive health-behavior change by examining the most commonly used theories and models in public health and health education and promotion. Coursework focuses on the identification and application of theories and models for promoting and designing effective health behavior programs and interventions. Students explore individual, interpersonal, and community theories and modules to determine the most appropriate application. 

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6205

Assessing Community Needs for Health Education

It is important for health educators and other health professionals to understand the unique characteristics and health needs of a community in order to provide effective and relevant health education and services. Students in this course are introduced to the principles and processes of needs assessment and community capacity-building as a first step in the program planning process. Students learn about individual, small-group, and community-based assessments as well as quantitative and qualitative approaches.  Students directly apply what they are reading and discussing in class to their own communities by conducting a assessment unique to their community. Other topics covered include use of primary and secondary data; selection and development of instrumentation to collect community data; interpretation and analysis of data; and prioritization of  health education needs. Community mapping tools and other technology used in the assessment process are also explored.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6475

Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

The focus of this course is on the competencies required of the public health professional in planning for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of community health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Attention is given to needs assessment, logic models, and collaboration with stakeholders. Strategic approaches to planning, implementation, and evaluation with particular attention to study design and sampling are addressed. Health behavior theories are considered in the development of health promotion programs, the application of evaluation findings, and prioritization of community concerns and resources.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6412

Health Education and Communication Strategies

Effective communication plays a vital role in the diffusion of a health behavior or innovation. This course is designed to introduce the health educator to a wide range of health communication strategies. Assignments allow students to apply and evaluate the use of health education delivery methods for various populations and practice settings (i.e., community, clinical, worksite, global, schools). Principles and theories of health communication and behavior change are applied to a variety of health education case studies. Students also demonstrate how to design and communicate culturally tailored health information to an audience of their choice. They explore the use of emerging technologies and social media in delivering and promoting health education.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6245

Applied Research in Public Health

Public health professionals use the results of research in many ways, including in the development of programs and interventions designed to enhance the health of communities as well as to demonstrate the efficacy of programs to stakeholders who provide funding. In this course, students will engage in an examination of the research that informs public health programs, policy, and practice.  Specific topics to be covered include study designs, sampling, identification of variables, methods of data collection and analysis, key concepts in measurement (including reliability and validity), program evaluation, and research ethics. As a major assignment in this course, students will engage in an integrative literature review and begin to develop what may become their capstone project.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6031

Public Health Administration and Leadership

Students in this course acquire the foundational understanding of the administrative, managerial, and organizational practices of public health and healthcare delivery systems. Students examine theories of leadership as well as the professional attributes, skills, styles, and strategies required to advance public health goals. They engage in a variety of contextual and practical assignments focused on management theories, policy processes, systems thinking, strategic planning and partnerships, quality and performance improvement, leadership, and organizational behavior. Students also consider the impact of global trends on public health practice, policy, and systems.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6800

Health Education and Promotion Capstone

The capstone course is intended to be taken last in the MS in Health Education and Promotion program. Students have an opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program by completing a capstone project focused on social change. The MS in Health Education and Promotion Capstone project is designed to empower students with the skills necessary to secure external grant funding through grant proposal writing. Students will integrate theoretical and practical knowledge as well as scientific research to prepare a grant proposal for funding a health education program that addresses a pressing health need in their community.  Emphasis is placed on grant sources and resources, the grant proposal process, grant management, and sustainability.

(5 cr.)

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

HLTH 6880

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Global Perspective

Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Students in the course will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate of the role of social entrepreneurs who create social change, deepen students' understanding of the world around them, and to inspire them to use their skills and knowledge to be, as Gandhi said, "the change you wish to see in the world."Students in this course will gain knowledge about social entrepreneurs and how they are creating solutions to address societal problems, learn how to develop creative solutions to address social problems, and empower students to see social entrepreneurship as a force for social change. The course is designed for those who want to gain valuable tools to prepare them to make an impact on the lives of others. This course will be housed in the School of Public Policy and Administration for future upgrades and course maintenance.

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6207

Grant Writing

Grant writing is a highly marketable skill that requires many non-profit, educational and community organizations to secure external funding in order to provide needed services to the community. In this course, students will explore the basic skills needed for grant writing including identifying potential funding sources, creating objectives and a need statement, preparing and justifying a budget, identifying appropriate assessment plans, and writing an executive summary.  Course assignments will allow students to directly apply what they are reading and discussing by writing a full grant proposal based on an actual Request for Proposal (RFP).  

(5 cr.)
HLTH 6882

Improving Healthcare Performance Through Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is a dynamic approach to problem solving that individuals, entrepreneurs, or scholar-practitioners can use to address societal needs and problems related to healthcare. In this course, students select a healthcare issue and develop an entrepreneurial project to address it. Students will define beneficiaries and stakeholders and develop tactics to identify and address opponents, allies, and the ambivalent. Students will test, evaluate, and identify both opportunities and potential weaknesses of their proposed entrepreneurial solutions. By the end of the course, students will have experienced the process of developing concept statements supported by research, articulating business propositions, defining the market and competition, and addressing the sociopolitical landscape. Finally, students will evaluate the feasibility of their proposed entrepreneurial healthcare solutions.

(5 cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 60 total quarter credit hours $470 per quarter hour $27,600
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $1,120


TOTAL $29,320


Transfer up to 25 credits $12,310


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $17,010

The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

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

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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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.

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