College of Health Sciences

Health Education

College of Health Sciences

Colleges / Schools


Program Types

About Arcadia's Master's Degrees in Health Education

  • 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.

(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.

What to Expect

Either of these degrees can prepare you to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment through a program that integrates education, research, and practice in a global environment.

  • Development of the skills needed to promote health within communities.
  • An academic environment that integrates community health education with research and practice.
  • Understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
  • Collaborative service projects, internships and Interdisciplinary (ID) course offerings that translate knowledge into practice.
  • Scientific investigation to advance community health knowledge of the relationship between health, life and work.

Competencies and Career Paths

Either program will provide you with training in the seven major areas of responsibility recognized by NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.). Those core competencies include:

  1. Assessing individual and community needs for health education.
  2. Planning effective health education programs.
  3. Implementing health education programs.
  4. Evaluating the effectiveness of health education programs.
  5. Coordinating provision of health education services.
  6. Acting as a resource person in health education.
  7. Communicating health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

Community health professionals may work in: community health agencies, hospitals, clinics, HMOs, wellness organizations, physician offices, government health agencies, and other health-related organizations.