Health educators, using health promotion principles, assist individuals and communities in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. This M.P.H. program prepares health educators to collect and analyze data to identify diverse community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating health promotion programs; communicate health and health promotion needs; and plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs using ethical standards and theoretical frameworks and models. The curriculum helps students acquire relevant theoretical and practical knowledge in diverse fields of endeavor, such as the social and behavioral sciences, communication dynamics, educational theory and design, and community organization. Students who complete a degree in public health education are eligible to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.
In addition to meeting the admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree, applicants should also meet these concentration prerequisites:
- Suggested/preferred undergraduate majors: Undergraduate majors may be admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, although majors from nursing, the natural sciences, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and education are desirable.
- Work experience: Work experience in the field of public health and health education is appropriate, but not necessary.
- Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or related professional sources.
- Career goal statement