To meet the worldwide demand for health education specialists, which is growing at a rate of 13% over the next 10 years (faster than the average for all occupations)*, the University of Florida now offers a fully online master's program. This fully online program offers a flexible schedule, perfect for working professionals, and offers worldwide accessibility.
This program focuses on techniques to promote healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings, with special attention given to diversity and culturally appropriate health education methodologies.
The Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior (HEB) aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to master the responsibilities and competencies for health education specialists as defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty dedicated to preparing health professionals to work with diverse populations across various settings. In addition to the core curriculum, you will be required to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
The core of the program has been designed to help students develop specific set of competencies related to the seven areas of responsibilities delineating the role of the health education specialist as defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc. Students select the electives that cater to their interest areas and career plans. In addition, MS students must complete the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam prior to graduation.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited March 23, 2017).