|Graduate Program Head||Holly Angelique|
|Degrees Conferred||Master of Education (M.Ed.)|
|The Graduate Faculty|
The Penn State Harrisburg Master of Education in Health Education applies education, public health, and behavioral theories to prepare health education specialists to work in any setting in which the aim is to promote health and wellness. The goal of the master’s degree in health education is to educate professionals who help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Health education specialists teach people about behaviors that promote health and wellness and are trained to collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. Health educators may serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
The health education program is designed for working professionals and recent bachelor’s degree graduates to pursue the master’s program in health education part-time or full-time. The program is customizable, allowing students the flexibility to choose from a wide range electives within and outside the program to meet their career and professional goals.
The master’s program in health education is aligned with the Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists as stated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). After completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards.
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 Graduate School application form with nonrefundable application fee;
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Requirements.
A minimum of 30 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level is required for the completion of the degree. A 3-credit research-based culminating experience is required. The program requires students to complete 21 credits in prescribed core courses and 9 credits in elective courses.
|HLHED 415||Planning and Developing Health Education Programs||3|
|HLHED 456||Advanced Techniques in School and Community Health Education||3|
|EDUC 440||Educational Statistics and Measurements||3|
|or EDPSY 400||Introduction to Statistics in Educational Research|
|HLHED 552||Current Health Education Issues||3|
|HLHED 553||Multicultural Health Issues||3|
|EDUC 586||Educational Research Designs||3|
|or HLHED 530||Research Techniques in Health Education|
|Select a minimum 9 credits of the following: 1||9|
|Development of Stress Management Programs for Health Education|
|Alcohol and Drug Education|
|World Health Promotion|
|Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs|
|HLHED 591||Capstone Seminar in Health Education||3|
|or HLHED 587|
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 assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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.
- KNOW. Graduates will be able to assess the needs for, develop and implement health education and promotion programs for diverse target populations.
- APPLY. Graduates will be able to apply theories and models of health education in the planning and implementation of health education programs.
- CREATE. Graduates will be able to conduct evaluation and research related to health education.
- COMMUNICATE. Graduates will be able communicate and advocate for health and health education.
- CRITICAL THINKING. Graduates will be able to critically conceptualize strategies, health education and evaluation programs for ethnically, racially, and cultural diverse population.
- ETHICS. Graduates will be able to apply ethical standards when disseminating health education to the public.
- PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of and ability to practice professional standards of health education and professional behaviors.
|Graduate Program Head||Holly L Angelique|
|Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC)||Weston Scott Kensinger|
Deborah Louise Klugh