The master's degree in Health Promotion is a fully online, 33-credit hour program
which emphasizes the practical application of health promotion methods supported by
theoretical foundations, relevant research and best practices.. Students in health
promotion must complete an applied project grounded in the practical application of
health promotion methods and a comprehensive examination. Resident students may apply
for a graduate assistantship.
The program examines the various factors responsible for the adoption and maintenance
of health-related behaviors and identifies best practices that can be implemented
for lifestyle change across a variety of settings. Graduates will be able to design,
implement, manage, and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings,
including federal, state, and local governmental agencies, HMOs, hospitals, public
and private schools, colleges and universities, voluntary health agencies (e.g., American
Heart Association), and private enterprises such as business and industry. Our graduates
have accepted positions as program directors at private and government agencies, senior
research assistants in hospitals and education arenas, and corporate and community
fitness and wellness leaders.
Background of Candidates
As an interdisciplinary discipline, Health Promotion students have a wide variety
of undergraduate degrees including medicine, nursing, nutrition, exercise physiology,
health education, communications, journalism, public relations, nutrition, sociology,
psychology and other behavioral/social sciences.
The common interest of this diverse group lies in three essential prongs of health
- behavior change
- health promotion and education
- and health science
We invite applications from students who wish to emphasize applied work in health
promotion. Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and some coursework
in the biological and behavior/social sciences. Applicants will be selected for admission
to the program on the basis of grade point average, graduate record examination (GRE)scores
earned within the past five years, narrative statement and career goals, letters of
reference, and prior experience.