Skip Navigation
search: People | Departments | Penn State | Web
Penn State mark
Penn State mark
University Bulletin
Graduate Degree Programs

Health Education (HLHED)

Program Home Page (Opens New Window)

WESTON KENSINGER, Program Coordinator
Penn State Harrisburg
W314 Olmsted Building
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898


Degrees Conferred:



The Graduate Faculty



The Program

The Health Education program emphasizes behavioral and organizational strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions that enable individuals, groups and communities to achieve personal, environmental, and social health. It complements other professional fields such as education, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, nursing, health care administration, and preventive psychology.

The program follows a professional development focus, as many of the students are employed in the broad areas of disease prevention andhealth promotion and are pursuing graduate study on a part-time basis. The M.Ed. is a professional degree emphasizing applied research.

The program requires a research-based culminating experience. The faculty has a broad range of interests, including health promotion, family systems, teaching and training methods, violence and substance abuse prevention and control, and multicultural health issues.

A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for the completion of the degree. A 3 credit research-based culminating writing experience is required. The program requires students to complete 21 credits in Prescribed Core courses and 9 credits in Elective courses.


Admission Requirements

Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, an overall minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.50 and a junior/senior GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for admission into the program. Students are also required to submit:

  • A completed application form with application fee;
  • Two copies of an official transcript from an accredited, college-level university;
  • Supplementary application.

An application is available on the Web at (Opens New Window)or by calling 717-948-6250.


Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for the completion of the degree. A 3-credit research-based culminating experience is required. The program has a required core of courses totalling 18 credits as follows:

Prescribed Core Courses: 21 credits

  • HLHED 415 Planning and Development of Health Education Programs (3)
  • HLHED 456 Advanced Techniques in School and Community Health Education (3)
  • EDUC 440 Education Statistics and Measurement (3) or EDPSY 400 Introduction to Statistics in Educational Research (3)
  • HLHED 552 Current Health Education Issues (3)
  • HLHED 553 Multicultural Health Issues (3)
  • EDUC 586 Educational Research Design (3) or HLHED 530 Research Techniques in Health Education (3)
  • Culminating Experience: HLHED 591 Culminating Health Education Seminar (3) or HLHED 587 Master's Project (3)

Elective Courses: 9 credits

A minimum of 12 credits is to be selected from the following HLHED courses: HLHED 420, 421, 443, 497, 501, 516, 590, 596, or 597.

Students also may select electives from suitable courses in Psychology, Community Psychology and Social Change, Education, Training and Development, or Health Administration programs. Note that 6 credits must be at the 500 level. Please contact the program office for further information about electives.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.




Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-07-435

Review Date: 6/12/07

Faculty linked: 8/14/14


Look up course abbreviations

Course descriptions are stored in LionPATH, the University-wide student information system. Please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog to access current course descriptions. At that point, you will be leaving the University Bulletin website.

Skip Popular Searches
  1. Graduate Course Descriptions
  2. Graduate Programs
  3. Doctoral Degree Requirements
  4. Master's Degree Requirements
  5. Application and Admission Procedures
  6. Credit Certificate Programs
  7. General Information
  8. Tuition and Cost
  9. Intercollege
  10. Academic Information and Procedures
Skip PDF and Print Options

Print Options