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Health Education

The PhD in Health Education is an ideal program for individuals interested in helping people and communities to adopt healthy behaviors and healthy lifestyles through leadership and research. This nationally recognized program has been especially designed for those who want to work as faculty members/professors in academic settings, researchers in health or governmental agencies, or professionals interested in serving as leaders 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.

Graduates of this program have primarily obtained faculty and academic positions throughout the US in health promotion and health education. This degree can also be beneficial for individuals who want to attain a PhD and build a vita of quality teaching and research. 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 certified 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 attend classes both in the traditional face-to-face delivery method, as well as experience some 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.

Prior to this PhD program, students must have earned a master's degree.  Students with master's degree from a variety of health related or social science based disciplines are accepted into the program.  Masters level students from non-health education related disciplines may need to complete additional master's level coursework  in addition to the PhD requirements. In some cases it may be preferable to complete the MS as a second master’s degree in route to the PhD. All decisions concerning transfer of credit and remedial work will be decided by the student’s program committee upon admission to the program. No more than 30 semester hours may be transferred into the PhD program from previous graduate work.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18PHD-HEDU

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

3 years

Location

Main Campus

Department

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

Contact

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

Student Success Factors

Individuals who are interested and committed toward research and service to the field of health education would benefit from this health education program.  This program is ideal for students who wish to assist individuals, groups and communities to adopt healthy behaviors and healthy lifestyles through leadership and research. 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 health educators and quality academics in the field.

Career Possibilities

One of the major strengths of the PhD in Health Education Program is its commitment to excellence in teaching and research. There are various opportunities for students to become involved in research studies and projects. In addition, students are encouraged to begin conducting research studies early on in the program and subsequently publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals and presenting papers/workshops at professional conferences. Health encompasses many aspects and dimensions and therefore presents many opportunities for employment. Graduates of this program have primarily obtained faculty, academic and research positions throughout the US. 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

Students can complete the PhD in Health Education Program program in three calendar years (fall, spring and summer semesters) by going full-time, taking at least 15 credit hours each term.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Curriculum Guide - PhD

Predominant Program

    Required Core
    • HPE9011, Health Education in Academia, 3
    • HPE9013, Health Communication, 3
    • HPE9014, Emerging Health Issues, 3
    • HPE9015, Reading and Analyzing Health Education Research, 3
    • HPE9072, Survey Research, 3
    Groupings:
    Research Methods/Statistics
    • EDST8041, Multivariate Data Analysis, 3
    • EDST8051, Qualitative Research Methods I, 3
    • HPE7072, Health Science Statistics, 3
    Cognate
    • XXXX6xxx, 6000 level course(s) or above, 15
    Adviser Approved Directed Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Various, 30
    Dissertation
    • HPE9098, Dissertation - Health Promotion and Education, 1 - 15

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

This program is flexible and can be completed in three years if the student attends full-time. The PhD program allows students to develop expertise in Health Promotion and Education as well as enhancing their strength and understanding in a cognate area of personal interest.  The GRE is no longer required for acceptance into the program. Classes are offered primarily in the evenings which helps meet the scheduling needs of students who work during the day. In addition, there are several courses offered via online education.  Please note this is not an online program.

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

In order to graduate, students must complete all coursework and doctoral program requirements, including comprehensive examinations, a doctoral dissertation and dissertation defense. 

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.