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 Science in Health Education (M.S.H.E.) focuses on health education, health promotion, and research in various settings including educational, community, health care, and occupational/worksite. It affords students the opportunity to increase their depth of knowledge in health, behavioral science, and research methods and program evaluation.
The Health Education program educates community health 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 internships and clinical rotations with community-based organizations, clinics, and local health departments.
Employ scientific investigation to advance public 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
Required Core Courses (24 credits)
PBH501 Social Determinants of Health and Disease (3 credits)
PBH510 Health Care Systems (3 credits)
PBH530 Theories and Principles of Health Behavior and Health Education (3 credits)
PBH600 Epidemiology (3 credits)
PBH640 Research Methods and Design in Health Education (3 credits)
PBH560 Issues in Community and Environmental Health (3 credits)
PBH630 Program Planning and Evaluation for Health Professionals (3 credits)
PBH689 Community Health Internship (3 credits)
Electives (12 credits)
PBH573 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
PBH575 Family in Contemporary Society (3 credits)
PBH576 Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)
PBH578 Stress: A Life Course Perspective (3 credits)
PBH581 Nutrition: Science, Policy and Controversies (3 credits)
PBH582 International Health and Human Rights (3 credits)
PBH583 Contemporary Health Topics (3 credits)
PBH584 Successful Grant Writing (3 credits)
PBH585 Health Policy, Law and Bioethics (3 credits)
PBH587 Global Health Communications (3 credits)
PBH588 Women’s Health: A Global Perspective (3 credits)
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).
Dual Degree Programs in Health Education
At Arcadia, you can earn two master's degrees in our dual degree programs. The M.S. in Health Education may combine with two other programs to provide the training needed to work in clinical or medical environments in community settings. These programs integrate the knowledge of public health, program development, implementation, and evaluation with your training as either a physician assistant or counseling psychologist.
Refer to each separate program page for admission requirements and more information.
Admission to the Community Health Education Program
Applications to the program are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students may apply for admission to the program beginning in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Applications must be complete before they are reviewed for admission to the program.
In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate students, the following program-specific requirements must be met:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 2.8 or better in the major course of study.
One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.
Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
International applicants should visit the International Graduate Admissions webpage for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in Englishspeaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States is required.
2017-18 Academic Year: $735 per credit
Deferred Payment: $40
Audit: $720 per course
Parking: $30 per semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Public Health faculty are actively engaged in collaborative projects, research and service to the public health community. Their endeavors provide students with the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects with community-based organizations and state and local government agencies. Some faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for work in their respective fields of expertise, while some are directors of local organizations addressing the public health needs of their communities. Many have been honored with service, teaching and research awards.