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Health Education : Exercise & Fitness

What is Health Education : Exercise & Fitness?

The Master of Science (MS) in Health Education with a concentration in Exercise Management is an ideal program for individuals interested in helping people and communities to become regularly involved in physical activity. This nationally recognized program has been especially designed for those who want to work as health educators in fitness-related settings such as corporate or commercial health/fitness centers, YMCAs, recreation departments, etc. Exercise Management students have their choice of a culminating experience including thesis or extended internship. Successful completion of the degree prepares students to receive the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential after passing the national exam. Students completing this program could also complete exercise specific certifications offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

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 practical and research expertise in various exercise and physical activity areas such as: exercise physiology, exercise prescription, program planning and program development. Graduates of the program have applauded the program’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

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 begin and maintain engaging in regularly physical activity. 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 in the field.

Career Possibilities

One of the major strengths of the Health Education Exercise Management program is the vast and diverse array of career possibilities. Physical activity 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, cardiac rehabilitation units, YMCAs, recreation departments and health organizations. Other employment opportunties include fitness center management and strength and conditioning coaching. Health Educators in Exercise Management are aimed at helping individuals, groups and communities to become healthy in not only physical activity but also all aspects of their lives. A holistic approach to health is emphasized.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

For information regarding this program, please feel free to contact:

   Julia Buchanan, PhD
   Assistant Professor
   Health Promotion & Education Program
   University of Cincinnati
   PO Box 210068
   Cincinnati, OH 45221-0068
   Email julia.buchanan@uc.edu

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, online, or in a part-time format to provide convenience to working individuals. Full time students can complete the degree in one calendar year (fall, spring, summer).

Freshman Admission Requirements

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
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
?Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
?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
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

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.

Please 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.

Quick Facts

Master of Science Degree in Health Education : Exercise & Fitness

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-3857
Revecca Vidourek
rebecca.vidourek@uc.edu