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Master of Health Studies Degrees and Graduate Licensures

Invest in the Health of Your Future with BSU’s Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Programs

Do you plan to enter a health or physical movement-related career? Bridgewater State University’s post baccalaureate health professions and pre-medical sciences program (PHPPMS) is the connective tissue bridging the gap between a bachelor’s degree and medical school — or your desired job in the healthcare field. BSU’s interdisciplinary approach offers you unprecedented customization to choose courses that align with your interests. Whether you pursue dentistry school or have your sights set on a physical therapy career, our Health and Kinesiology department faculty work with you to provide the appropriate curriculum requirements.

Our post baccalaureate pre-medical program pathway is targeted to students with a bachelor’s degree looking to strengthen academic credentials for medical school applications or other health-related careers. Whereas the MEd in Health Promotion provides professionals the credentials to advance in public health agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Health and Kinesiology Master’s Program Highlights

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Earn your Master of Health Studies on your terms

Master of Health Promotion students and those enrolled in the post bac pre-med program can take in-person courses or a hybrid of in-person and online offerings, with evening and summer options available.
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Work with accomplished Master of Health Studies faculty

Most of our post bac pre-med program master’s degree courses are taught by PhDs.
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Get individual attention with small class sizes and personalized advising

The student-to-faculty ratio is between 10:1 and 15:1 in health promotions and post baccalaureate pre-medical programs.

Gain hands-on experience in experiential labs

Students earning a Master of Health Promotion will design and plan their own program via our Intervention Mapping course.

Program of Study for Master of Health Studies Graduate Students

Customize your program of study to your specific career interests as you earn your family and consumer science teaching licensure, seek to fulfill requirements of our post bac pre-med programs or add a Master of Health Promotion to your resume. No matter your track, you and your advisor will work together to curate a curriculum that offers the right mix of core courses and electives in disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, microbiology and biochemistry.

We can also help you tailor appropriate volunteer work and intern-ships for your family and consumer science master’s degree to match your curriculum.

Admission Requirements and Program Details

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Mead

“The Health Promotion master's of education program at Bridgewater State has been a tremendous experience. As a physical education and health teacher, I am able obtain valuable credits toward advancing my teaching license, while simultaneously gaining knowledge and skills that public health professionals need in academia and health career settings. The flexibility of online and evening courses allows me to complete coursework around my busy professional schedule. The Health Promotion faculty at BSU have a plethora of experience in their fields, which allows students in the program to engage in authentic learning experiences that will translate well into their careers as public health professionals.”
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Careers in Health and Kinesiology

Graduates of our Master of Health Promotion go on to work as nutrition professionals, while students who complete post baccalaureate pre-medical programs apply to medical school. Job opportunities in community health abound as well for our alumni, who go on to positions in local government and nonprofit organizations. Other jobs alumni seek are in fields such as physical therapy, athletic training, dental medicine and veterinary medicine. BSU alumni with a Master of Health Promotion have held job titles such as:

  • Nutritionist
  • Consultant, Infection Prevention at Commonwealth Medicine, UMass Medical School
  • Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Clinical Dietician

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for exercise physiologists are expected to grow by


by 2031, which is faster than average.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.


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View this PDF for an overview of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

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View our graduate events page to RSVP to information sessions, workshops and seminars.

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