Health Promotion (MS)

The master's degree in Health Promotion is a fully online, 30-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, narrative statement and career goals, letters of reference, and prior experience.


Health Studies

When completing the MS application, your major will be Health Studies with a concentration in Health Promotion (Online Program)

Upon completing the program, students are well prepared to seek certifications offered by professional organizations including the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC), American College of Sports Medicine, WELCOA and Wellcoaches.


Our graduates begin their careers or continue their education in a variety of areas such as:

Health Promotion
Health Education
Health Counseling/Coaching
Community Wellness
Corporate Wellness
Public Health
Fitness and Wellness Specialist

Pre-Professional Focus
Dental/Dental Hygiene
Occupational/Physical Therapy
Medicine/ Physicians Assistant
Other Allied Health Sciences


Shanna Clayborn
"The Graduate Health Promotion program prepares you for the field no matter what your previous background is in. The program is also very flexible for those who work full or part time. Most classes are offered online, and the professor's work hard to keep everyone engaged."

Maria Luchessi
"The Health Promotion program provided me with real-world experiences in the form of graduate projects, internships, and assistantships, which gave me the experience and confidence I needed to pursue a career as a Wellness Coordinator."