In the Health Education Program, emphasis is placed on educational, interpersonal, community, and legislative factors that promote positive health behaviors. The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization.
Graduates of this degree program may function as community-health educators in a variety of settings, both public and private. They are academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health-education interventions; organize health-promotion efforts; be involved in research and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health-behavior change.
Coursework for the Health Education program may be pursued in the following formats:
Graduates of the program in health education will have the skills necessary to:
Demonstrate college-level conceptualization and writing skills
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college/university
Anatomy and physiology or physiology (one course or course sequence)
Behavioral science (two courses, one of which is an introductory psychology course)
GPA of 3.0>
1 and 1/2 years approximately, including field practicum
Note: Other HPRO courses as may become available
Students select coursework from each of several practice and content areas to enhance the applied portion of the curriculum. Professional practice is addressed during the laboratory and field-experience portions of the curriculum. Students may develop skills while working in community agencies and in medical care, school, and work/site settings.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the credentialing examination in health education, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., 944 Macon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18103.
Students are required to demonstrate the ability to integrate the specified areas of public health: administration, epidemiology, statistics, environmental health, and health behavior during their culminating activity experiences. The culminating activity includes a written comprehensive examination, a field experience (upon completion of all core classes), professional portfolio to be submitted, and an exit interview with the department chair (at the conclusion of the program).
Students who do not meet the minimum standards of performance on the comprehensive examination are subject to remedial coursework to address deficiencies in preparation.