Master of Health Education
About the Master of Health Education Degrees
- Preparation for community public health professions
- Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
- Optional internship that gives students firsthand experience working in a community health setting
- Interdisciplinary (ID) course options for international service projects
The Master of Arts in Health Education (M.A.H.E.) is designed for school health and physical education teachers, school nurses, and community health educators. It provides a breadth of knowledge in health and trains health educators to assess needs and to plan and implement programs within school and community settings. In addition, students are trained to coordinate health education programs and to act as resources and communication links for health education needs and concerns.
The Master of Science in Health Education (M.S.H.E.) focuses on health education and health promotion in various settings, including educational, community, health care, occupational and worksite. It affords students the opportunity to increase their depth of knowledge in health, and behavioral science.
These degrees educate community health education professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research, and practice in a global environment. The goals of the Health Education programs are the following:
- Educate community health education professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
- Provide an academic environment that integrates community health education with research and practice.
- Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
- Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through optional internships and or Interdisciplinary (ID) course offerings.
- Employ scientific investigation to advance community health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work
The Health Education degree is offered through the College of Health Sciences.
Upon completion of the Health Education Degree, students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Exam for Health Education Specialists (CHES). This certification is recognized by many employers and is recommended to demonstrate mastery of a specific skill set as a Health Education Professional. Information regarding the test is available online through the National Credentialing of Health Education Specialists website (NCHES).