WESTON KENSINGER, Program Coordinator
Penn State Harrisburg
W314 Olmsted Building
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
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.
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:
An application is available on the Web at www.hbg.psu.edu (Opens New Window)or by calling 717-948-6250.
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:
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.
DATE LAST REVIEWED BY GRADUATE SCHOOL: 5/26/04
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007
Blue Sheet Item #: 35-07-435
Review Date: 6/12/07
Faculty linked: 8/14/14