Dec 02, 2023  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Health Promotion Program

Master of Education in Health Promotion

The goal of the 36-semester credit hour Health Promotion graduate program is to provide students with the theory, knowledge, and skills needed to integrate the principles of health promotion into a variety of community, research, clinical, business or school settings and/or to pursue advanced study. Specifically, the Health Promotion degree program will prepare students to: 1) assess and communicate individual, family, and community needs, 2) plan, implement, evaluate, and administer programs, 3) act as a resource person by coordinating provisions for services and applying appropriate research principles and methods, and 4) advance the goals of job-related professional organizations. To this end, eight concentrations in the Health Promotion degree are offered.

The Administration concentration is designed for those interested in assuming leadership roles in their organization such as health program planners, health care project specialists, or health officers. The Communication concentration is designed for individuals interested in the dissemination of health promoting information and skills through varied strategies leading to health media specialist or health communication expert occupations.

The Counseling concentration is designed for anyone wishing to assist others one on one or in small groups regarding effective and positive strategies dealing with critical health issues. Such professionals include, but are not limited to, employee assistance program educators, patient educators, or mental health counselors.

The Education concentration is designed to improve the delivery skills of any educator at any teaching level, at varied sites such as school health teachers, public health educators, and employee wellness associates.

The Environmental Health concentration is designed for those individuals seeking occupations such as health and safety specialists or environmental health consultants due to an interest in the relationship that exists between the physical environment and the health of individuals and groups in that environment.

The Gerontology concentration is designed for individuals who are interested in health promotion strategies geared specifically for older adults delivered through professional roles such as gerontology outreach workers or program planners for seniors.

The Nutrition and Fitness concentration is designed for those interested in the fields of corporate health promotion or personal wellness training who desire to advise individuals and groups regarding eating choices and activity regimens to enhance performance and health.

The Interdisciplinary concentration, clearly the most flexible, is designed for those students with specific needs who would be best served by selecting a myriad of graduate courses from across campus. Individuals such as school nurses, epidemiologists, and industrial hygienists could benefit from the individualized approach offered in this concentration.

Shawn Gerstenberger, Ph.D., Chair     

Program Information 

Health Promotion Program Faculty 

Health Promotion Courses 


Master of Education - Health Promotion (Discontinued)