Apply for a Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior

You have two opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please see the home page or contact an Application Coordinator at

Visit our Admissions site to check the status of your application.

Ideal candidates for the online Master of Science in Heath Education and Behavior will have:

  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) for all undergraduate coursework beyond 60 credit hours
  • Gained experience in the industry
  • Strong interest in the Health Education and Behavior industry
  • Clear short- and long-term career goals
  • Attained a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • No minimum score required for domestic students.
    • The Department of Health Education and Behavior compares applicant scores and makes decisions based on the applicant pool.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Submit the Master of Science Applicant Information Form below
  2. Complete the University of Florida Graduate School Application and pay $37 application fee
  3. Submit cover letter/statement of purpose (instructions outlined below)
  4. Submit Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation
    • Two letters must be from full-time working professionals who can attest to your academic ability
    • One letter must come from an academic source
  6. Send official GRE scores directly from ETS to the University of Florida code: 5812

Non-UF students – Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges attended to:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 114000
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

International Students – Minimum required score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL, or 550 on the PBT TOEFL. Scores must be sent to UF institution code 5812.

Submitting your application materials:

Email your application materials to us: 

Allie McPhillips:, (352) 678-3807


Michael Roland:, (352) 678-3804


mail application materials to:

Department of Health Education and Behavior
Graduate Program
Florida Gym, Room 5
PO Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611

Note: Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. 

We are here to help: If you have any questions or need assistance, contact us: 

Allie McPhillips:, (352) 678-3807

Michael Roland:, (352) 678-3804


Fill out the following fields and click submit:

Applicant Information Form
Instructions for Cover Letter/Statement of Purpose

Instructions for Cover Letter/Statement of Purpose

All applicants are expected to provide a thoughtful and thorough Statement of Purpose. A strong Statement may offset deficiencies in other areas of the application, and a weak one may diminish an otherwise strong application. Please review the information below and contact an Application Coordinator if you have any questions.

Your Statement of Purpose should describe in detail:

  • Why you are interested in the University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior
  • What you hope to learn and gain from the program
  • Your long- and short-term career goals and how you plan to achieve them
  • Relevant experiences and achievements (even if they are listed on your resume)
  • Other personal and professional experiences that may translate to the industry
  • Skills and qualities you bring to the program that will enhance the experience of your classmates

Application Details:

You must submit your application form online. Some supplemental application materials are provided in PDF format and may be submitted via email to an Application Coordinator.

When you apply to the online MS in Health Education and Behavior program, you will find our academic programs listed under the College of Health and Human Performance:

College: HH

Program: Health Education and Behavior – Distance Learning

Application Fee

Each application requires a nonrefundable $37 total application fee in U.S. currency. Online applicants may use credit cards. Apply online and submit UF's non-refundable application fee of $30.00. Credit card payments require an additional $7.00 processing fee.

If you would like to pay by mail, please read the following.

If payment is sent by mail, include a fee cover sheet obtained from an Academic Coordinator. The $30 check must be drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Florida. The application will not be processed without the application fee, and no fee waivers or postponements will be granted.

Processing Your Application Material

You may submit your application any time before the deadline. It takes between a few days and a few weeks for us to process and update your application whether you submit it BEFORE or AFTER we receive your supplemental material (i.e., transcripts, test scores and letters of recommendation). Test scores are sent electronically from the testing agency and can’t be downloaded until AFTER you have submitted your application. We “match” all supplemental material to your application as we receive it.

If the name on your application differs from the name recorded on your supplemental material, there will be a substantial delay in processing your application. If you submit supplemental material close to the submission deadline, there also will be a delay because of the large volume of material being processed at this time.

If you send application material to HEB via a carrier, e.g., FedEx or USPS, request a tracking number and use it to verify delivery. If the carrier verifies it, we have it. DO NOT directly contact the UF Office of Admissions for verification.

>> You can check the status of your application at any time here.

Application Review Timeline

Please check with an Academic Coordinator for the application deadline related to your term of interest.

The HEB Graduate Program Advisory Committee (GPAC) reviews applications, but your application MUST BE COMPLETE to be reviewed. We typically review applicant folders for completeness after the application deadline. We will contact you via email if anything is missing from your application, and give you up to 2-3 weeks to submit missing material before we begin the formal review process. If you do not hear from us within approximately 8 weeks of the application deadline, it means that your folder is complete and will be reviewed.

As a general rule, it is best to submit your application as soon as possible.