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Health Promotion


Health Promotion (MS)

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 promotion:

  • 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.

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