Feb 06, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Health Promotion M.Ed. (Discontinued)

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This program has been discontinued.


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.

Admission Requirements

(This program is no longer offering admission.)


Degree Requirements

The Master in Education in Health Promotion requires a minimum of 36 semester hours.

  1. A student must maintain a 3.00 GPA.
  2. A student may take courses full or part time, with day and evening classes available.
  3. Students must either take a comprehensive exam and successfully complete an additional three credits of advisor approved course work or successfully complete HED 750 Graduate Project in Health Promotion to fulfill the requirement of a capstone experience in the degree program.
  4. Master’s degrees must be completed within a six-year period, and continuous enrollment must be maintained throughout the six years.


The curriculum for the M.Ed. in Health Promotion consists of the following:

Health Promotion Core Requirements - Total Credits: 12


Health Promotion Research Core Requirements - Total Credits: 9


EAB 705 - Epidemiology and Public Health

Health Promotion Capstone Experience - Total Credits: 3

Comprehensive Exam and advisor approved course(s)

Selected Concentrations - Total Credits: 12

Administration Concentration








  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.
Communication Concentration
  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.

Counseling Concentration


See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.


Education Concentration



  HED 607 - Stress Management
  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  HED 630 - Nutrition
  HED 635 - Health Studies on Dangerous Drugs
  HED 640 - Health Promotion and Wellness


  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.
Environmental Health Concentration






















  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.

Gerontology Concentration

  Students may select one (3 credits) of the remaining courses


    (Spring and sometimes Summer)


  See the Department of Health Promotion for additional curricular information.

For those students wishing to complete the coursework for a Certificate in Gerontology, the following must be completed:

  PSY 442 - Psychology of Aging (prerequisite PSY 101) usually offered every semester and the Summer
  KIN 461 - Physical Activity in Aging-(usually offered every year, varies between Fall and Spring)
  KIN 462 - Adult Development in Aging (usually offered every year varies Between Fall and Spring)
  NUR 486 - Aging and Social Policy (every Spring)
Nutrition and Fitness Concentration





See the department for additional curricular information.

Interdisciplinary Concentration

In addition to the courses listed above, students may select, with guidance and approval from their advisor, any graduate-level course that meets individual and professional needs identified by students. The core courses in health promotion also provide substantive contributions to other graduate programs offered across campus. These programs include, but are not limited to, those programs offered by the College of Business and the departments of Communication Studies, counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Economics, Educational Leadership, Kinesiology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Special Education and the Schools of Journalism and Media Studies and Social Work.

The design of the concentration component must revolve around a consistent theme and be relevant to the goals and objectives of the program and of the student. Design is to ensure a breadth and depth in a supportive area of concentration such as curriculum and instruction, special education, health promotion, school athletic administration, educational leadership, education administration, sport and recreational management, and psychology of sport.


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