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Health Education (Public & Community Health)

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Promotion and Education with a concentration in Community Health Education is an ideal program for individuals interested in helping people and communities to adopt healthy behaviors and healthy lifestyles. This nationally recognized program has been especially designed for those who want to work in helping others in community health settings, health departments, nonprofit agencies, wellness centers, hospitals, corporate wellness programs, and health organizations.  The program offers courses in all the major areas of health promotion and health education. Successful completion of the degree prepares students to be Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and sit for the national CHES exam. 

Graduates of this program have obtained positions throughout the US in a wide array of health promotion and health education settings. This degree can also be beneficial for individuals who wish to pursue doctoral level training.   Students are prepared through a program grounded in current research and evidence-based practices in the field of health promotion and health education to become community health educators.  

The Health Education faculty are student-oriented and possess a broad range of experience, skills and knowledge in the field of health promotion and health education.  Faculty members provide much research expertise in such health areas as: substance abuse prevention, violence and suicide prevention, minority health, mental health promotion, women's health issues,  nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, health program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and various other health issues. 

Students in the program can attend classes both in the traditional face-to-face delivery method, as well as experience classes delivered online via Blackboard - UC's advanced course development and delivery software. Graduates of the program have applauded the program's commitment to excellence in teaching and research opportunities. 

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Quick Info

Program Code

18MS-HEDU-P

Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s)

Duration

varies

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus with Distance Learning Options

Department

Health Promotion and Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210068
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0068
Health Education Program
Email: HPEadmis@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-8452

Student Success Factors

Individuals who are interested and committed toward helping others in the community are excellent candidates for this program.  This program is ideal for students who wish to assist individuals, groups and communities to adopt healthy behaviors and healthy lifestyles.   Students who excel in the program tend to have strong interpersonal skills and work well with others.  In addition, possessing strong written and verbal skills will assist students in becoming successful community health educators in the field.

Career Possibilities

One of the major strengths of the MS Community Health Education Program is the vast and diverse array of career possibilities.  Health encompasses many aspects and dimensions and therefore presents many opportunities for employment.  Graduates of our program have obtained numerous positions throughout the US.  Just a few of the many career opportunities include working as a health educator in community health settings, health departments, colleges and universities,  wellness centers, nonprofit agencies such as the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross, hospitals, schools, corporate and worksite wellness programs, fitness facilities, mental health agencies, health organizations and research sites. Community Health Educators are aimed at helping individuals, groups and communities to become healthy in all aspects of their lives.  A holistic approach to health is emphasized.  Additional career options are listed on the Career Development Center's web site.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Promotion and Education Program with a concentration in Community Health Education is 40 semester hours in length. Students can complete this program in one calendar year (fall, spring and summer semesters) by taking at least 15 credit hours each in the fall and spring semesters and 10 credit hours in the summer semester.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Health Education-Community Health

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • HPE7011, Foundations of Health Promotion and Education, 3
    • HPE7012, Health Promotion and Education Program Planning, 3
    • HPE7040, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health, 3
    • HPE7071, Research Methods in Health Promotion and Education, 3
    • HPE7072, Health Science Statistics, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • HPE7013, Health Promotion and Education Measurement and Evaluation, 3
    • HPE7014, Grant Writing and Resource Development, 3
    • HPE7015, Community Organization and Program Management, 3
    • HPE7021, Epidemiology in Health Promotion and Education, 3
    • HPExxxx, Student will select a faculty approved HPE elective., 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • HPE7090, Internship in Health Promotion and Education, 4 - 10
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a culminating experience course. Options include HPE7091 Extended Internship OR HPE7098 Master's Thesis, 6
    Fall (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

This program can be completed in one calendar year if pursued on a full time basis (fall, spring, summer).  The GRE is not required for acceptance into the program.  Courses are offered in the evenings or online as well as on a part-time basis to assist those who are currently employed.  This program is not a online program.  The facutly is extremely student-oriented, offers ongoing advising and provides students with numerous opportunities to become involved in research. 

Special Programs

Being part of the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, the Health Promotion and Education Program offers flexibility with courses. Most courses are offered in the evening or online to provide convenience to individuals who are employed.
 

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

To apply to the Master of Science in Health Education Program:

Complete the Online Graduate Application and pay the Application Fee.

The Online Graduate Application will request you to provide the following information:

Transcripts: See details below.

Goal Statement: Provide a typed copy of your academic and professional goals, approximately one to two pages in length. Explain how the Health Promotion and Education program will help you to meet these goals. This writing sample will also be used as one of the criteria for evaluating the application.

Resume: Provide one typed copy of your resume containing academic and professional data. It should include name, address, email, phone, date of birth, citizenship, colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; names of references who are writing letters for you.

Letters of Recommendation: Provide email addresses for two professionals who will write letters of recommendation.  Recommenders will be contacted electronically by the graduate school to upload their letters electronically to UC.

All materials should be submitted electronically.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

 

Regular U.S. postal mail:               Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School                             Graduate School

University of Cincinnati                 University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall                    2614 McMicken Circle

P.O. Box 210627                            110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627         Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

 

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

 

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

 

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

 

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:               Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School                             Graduate School

University of Cincinnati                 University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall                    2614 McMicken Circle

P.O. Box 210627                            110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627         Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfactorily complete the degree program as outlined with program approval.  Students must also complete an approved internship.  For the culminating experience, students must complete either a thesis or an extended internship.

Application Deadlines

The Health Promotion and Education Program accepts applications for Fall Semester admissions only.  Students cannot begin the graduate program in the spring or summer semesters.  Please note the specific application deadlines:

  • International Applicants - December 1
  • PhD Applicants (including those interested in assistantships) - February 1
  • MS Applicants interested in being considered for assistantships - February 1
  • All MS & Certificate Program Applicants - May 1

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Health Promotion and Education program, please visit our Online Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Also, feel free to visit the Health Promotion & Education website for complete information about materials that will need to be submitted when applying to this program.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Health Promotion and Education Program is nationally recognized for its excellence in the field.