Health Education M.S.

Health Education Mission

The mission of the Health Education program of Saint Joseph's University is to empower graduates to support and promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities through evidence-based programs and practices. The program, leading to a Master's degree in Health Education, is designed to promote professional and personal development by providing graduates with the knowledge and skills to support public health through health education. The curriculum is based on the responsibilities and competencies of Certified Health Education Specialists (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., 2010). Core courses cover the history and philosophy of medicine and public health, assessing community or individual health needs, planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs, and health communications. 

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education will be able to lead and coordinate effective health promotion programs in communities.

Objective 1.1: Graduates will be able to complete needs assessments, plan, design, implement and evaluate health education programs.

Objective 1.2: Graduates will be able to apply health models and theories to professional practice.

Goal 2: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education program will demonstrate information literacy in health education.

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

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 communicate effectively using the language of professional health educators.

Objective 3.1: Graduates will be able to write grants and technical reports.

Objective 3.2: Graduates will be able to tailor oral and written communications to a wide range of audiences.

Goal 4: Graduates of the Masters of Science degree in Health Education Program will understand and follow ethical codes of conduct.

Objective 4.1: Graduates will follow and promote ethical conduct reflecting Jesuit values of respect for persons and social justice.

Objective 4.2:  Graduates will act as global citizens, holding personal and career objectives that honor and serve the beneficence of people in need.

Health Education M.S.

The M.S. in Health Education requires completion of eleven courses (33 credits hours) including seven core courses and four electives.  Core courses should be completed early in the program.

Core Courses
Seven required21
HED 550Hist & Phil Med & Pub Health3
HED 552Epidemiology and Com Health3
HED 553Program Planning for Wellness3
HED 557Determinants: Health-Behavior3
HED 564Health Communications3
HSV 550Health Services Research3
HED 700Health Education Capstone3
Select four of the following:12
HED 551Map Hlth Res, Pln, Pol Dev&Mkt3
HED 554Curric Strat for Hlth Educatrs3
HED 556Foundations of Global Health3
HED 558Mental Illness and Addictions3
HED 559Human Aging and Dying3
HED 561Human Sexuality3
HED 574Concepts of Nutrition & Health3
HED 575Stress and Crisis Management3
HED 600Dir Research in Hlth Ed3
HED 601Fieldwork in Health Education3
HED 770Special Topics in Hlth Educatn3
HAD 552Health Administration3
MHI 560Health Informatics3