Health Education M.S.

Michelle Rowe, Ph. D., Professor and Chair
Department of Health Services

110 Post Hall

Louis D. Horvath, MA  Graduate Director Campus and Online Programs
Department of Health Services
100 Post Hall

Health Education Mission

The mission of the Health Education program is to contribute to the health of all people through advances in theory and research, excellence in practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health. The program focuses on the professional code of ethics, standards for professional competence, research, and practice; on-going professional development; and public outreach. Core competencies match the public health model of health promotion, performing a needs assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating an effective program, acting as a resource in health education, health communications, application of research principles, and advancing the profession in practice. The curriculum reflects the responsibilities and competencies of Certified Health Education Specialists (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., 2010).

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will be able to coordinate effective health education programs.

Objective 1.1: Graduates will be able to perform a needs assessment, plan, design, implement and evaluate health education programs specific to community needs.

Objective 1.2: Graduates will apply health theories to health education practice and research.

Goal 2: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will demonstrate information literacy in the field of Health Education.

Objective 2.1: Graduates will be able to analyze, critically evaluate, and draw conclusions from regional, national and global health data.

Objective 2.2: Graduates will be able to critically evaluate and apply current research in health education practice.

Goal 3: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will be able to will communicate effectively using the language of the health education profession.

Objective 3.1: Graduates will be able to write grants and reports using the language of health education.

Objective 3.2: Graduates will convey a professional image of confidence, competence and maturity in verbal and written assignments in order to engage audiences and encourage evidence-based interventions and practices.

Goal 4: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will be able to apply the principles of effective management to healthcare systems.

Objective 4.1: Graduates will commit to the stability, health and well-being of a healthcare organization.

Objective 4.2: Graduates will be able to train, delegate, coordinate, evaluate, and negotiate with others to promote health and well-being of a population.

Goal 5: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will have knowledge of and follow ethical codes of conduct.

Objective 5.1: Graduates will follow and promote ethical conduct reflecting Jesuit values, specifically the values of honesty, respect for persons, and justice.

Objective 5.2: Graduates will demonstrate the maturity to make decisions and to take professional responsibility for those decisions.

Objective 5.3:  Graduates will act as global citizens, holding personal and career objectives that honor and serve the beneficence of people in need.

The M.S. in Health Education requires completion of twelve courses (36 credits hours): core Health Education courses (6 and electives in health studies or other related area (6 courses)s.  Core courses should be completed early in the program. Electives are selected based on personal and professional goals.

Core Courses
HED 551Map Hlth Res, Pln, Pol Dev&Mkt3
HED 552Epidemiology and Com Health3
HED 553Program Planning for Wellness3
HED 554Curric Strat for Hlth Educatrs3
HSV 550Health Services Research3
HSV 700Integ Capstne Crs in Hlth Serv3
Health Studies Electives
Select six of the following:18
Bio-Psycho Char:Aging American
Human Sexuality
Employee Asst & Occup Health
Concepts of Mental Health
Women and Health Care
Concepts of Nutrition & Health
Stress and Crisis Management
Health Education in HIV/AIDS
Experiential Counseling
Principles of Administration
Leadership Principles
Dir Research in Hlth Ed
Fieldwork in Health Education
Special Topics in Hlth Educatn
Health Care Organization
Psyc Aspects Chrnc Ill & Disb

Up to two electives may be selected from HAD/EDU/ ODL/SOC with prior approval by the Program Director.