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Health Promotion, MEd

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The Health Promotion MEd program is designed for individuals who are currently involved in health promotion activities or who seek to prepare for health-related careers in community based organizations such as business, industry, agencies, hospitals and voluntary and official health agencies, as well as for in-service teachers.

Applicants who do not possess an adequate background in health and/or related areas will be required to make up course deficiencies. Such background course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application - A completed application and $50 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, including proof of a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university; if the degree has not yet been awarded at the time of application, the successful applicant must be nearing completion of the bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA -  A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior year
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation, at least one from academic and professional references
  • GRE Scores- A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

Graduate Chair: Dr. Maura Rosenthal

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Core Requirements:

All candidates must complete the following:

HEAL 504 - Seminar in Health Promotion Theory and Literature
HEAL 511 - Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Promotion
HEAL 518 - Quantitative Methods in Health Promotion and Epidemiology
HEAL 519 - Scientific and Philosophical Foundations of Health Promotion
HEAL 520 - Designing and Administering Health Promotion Programs

Concentration options (18 credits)

Candidates may select one of the following courses of study for the concentration requirement:

Option A

  • Individualized program, including 18 credits of health (HEAL) electives by advisement. Non-health electives may be taken only with prior written consent of an advisor.
  • Exit requirement: comprehensive examination on core requirements

Option B

  • Individualized program, including 15 credits of health (HEAL) electives by advisement. Non-health electives may be taken only with prior written consent of an advisor.
  • HEAL 501 - Health Promotion Project
  • Exit requirement: oral defense of health promotion project 

Option C

  • Individualized program, including 12 credits of health (HEAL) electives by advisement. Non-health electives may be taken only with prior written consent of an advisor.
  • HEAL 502 - Research (6 credits)
  • Exit requirement: oral defense of thesis 

Option D: Health Fitness Promotion Concentration

  • PHED 518 - Advances in Exercise Metabolism 
  • PHED 519 - Advances in Exercise Prescription 
  • PHED 544 - Applied Laboratory Techniques in Exercise Science 
  • Nine additional semester hours in any subject area chosen with the approval of the graduate faculty advisor. These may include HEAL 501 or HEAL 502.
  • Exit requirement: complete one of the following:
  • Comprehensive examination on core requirements 
  • HEAL 501 - Health Promotion Project, with oral defense 
  • HEAL 502 - Research, with oral defense


See the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog

Total minimum credits: 33

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

The PHPPMS is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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The  Eight  Areas  of  Responsibility  contain  a comprehensive  set  of  Competencies  and  Sub-competencies defining  the  role  of  the  health  education specialist.  These Responsibilities  were verified  by  the  2020 Health  Education  Specialist  Practice  Analysis  II  (HESPA II  2020)  project  and  serve  as  the  basis  of  the CHES®  and  MCHES®  exam  beginning  2021.   The  Eight  Areas  of  Responsibility  for  Health  Education Specialists  are:

Area I: Area Area Assessment  of  Needs  and  Capacity

Area II:  Planning

Area III:  Implementation

Area IV:  Evaluation  and  Research

Area V:  Advocacy

Area VI:  Communication

Area VII:  Leadership  and  Management

Area VIII:  Ethics  and  Professionalism                                                                           

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