The non-thesis 30-credit hour MS program is designed for students seeking an advanced practitioner’s degree. In addition to 15 hours of required core coursework, students are allowed to choose a minimum of 15 credit hours of major lecture coursework. This distinctive feature of our program matches your interests with our faculty's expertise.

In addition, MS students must complete the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam prior to graduation.

The required core 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. The electives selected are based on students’ interest areas and career plans. Within these elective credits, a variety of professional development options are available to students.

Before the first semester, students will meet with their adviser to map out their program of study.  In addition to specifying coursework in the various categories, the program of study includes projected dates (semesters) for documenting completion of the CHES examination requirement, and a projected month and year for graduation. The dates may change, but the student and adviser begin work with a projected calendar. If changes are made to the plan of study, the advisor must approve the changes and note those changes on the original program of study planning sheet in the student’s academic file.

Click below to download the HEB MS Program of Study form.

HEB MS Program of Study Form


Learning Outcomes: 

Graduates of this program will be able to: 

MS in Health Education and Behavior 30 credit hour (non-thesis) degree plan

Required Courses (15 credit hours)

This course covers history, philosophy, and ethics; theories of health behavior and principles of learning; areas of professional specialization; roles and functions of professional health educators; certification and continuing education; trends.

This course covers basic principles of health education for various community settings, and using communication media in joint planning for comprehensive health education.

This course covers procedures used in studying the origin, distribution, and control of chronic and communicable diseases. Emphasizes the role of health education interventions in disease control.

This course covers selected health behavior theories and applying these theories to the practice of health education and health promotion.

This course covers models and strategies for conducting formative and summative evaluations of health education programs.

Elective Coursework (15 credits)

Tier I (complete a minimum of 6 credits from among these courses)

Tier II (complete a minimum of 9 credits from among these courses)

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