Health Education M.S.

Graduate Director Campus and Online Programs - Department of Health Services - Louis D. Horvath,  MA, FACHE  

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 Outcomes

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.

(For Health Administration - please refer to respective Learning Objectives)

The M.S. in Health Education consists of TWO Concentrations;

1. Concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness requires completion of twelve courses (36 credits hours): Core Health Education courses (6) and electives in Health Studies-Health Promotion and Wellness (6 courses).

2. Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 36-credit course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA); 6 Core Health Education courses AND 6 ABA Courses. 

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
Six Health Promotion and Wellness courses OR Six ABA courses18

Health Education M.S. with Concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness

The M.S. in Health Education concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness requires completion of twelve courses (36 credits hours): Core Health Education courses (6) and electives in health studies-Health Promotion and Wellness (6 courses).  Core courses should be completed early in the program.

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
HED 555Essentials: Population Health3
HED 556Foundations of Global Health3
HED 557Determinants: Health-Behavior3
HED 574Concepts of Nutrition & Health3
HED 558Mental Illness and Addictions3
HED 559Human Aging and Dying3

Health Education M.S. with Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that ABA and healthcare will steady increase over the next ten years and beyond.  The Masters of Arts in Health Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a 36-credit course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BCBA).  This degree prepares highly educated and trained students for careers as Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Students completing this graduate degree will be uniquely positioning for a rewarding career in behavior analysis and the ability to work within the entire United States and other areas around the World.  This coursework is specifically designed to expose students to the world of health care and behavior analysis simultaneously.  Once complete, students work in a variety of setting in the field such as general and special education, mental health, behavioral health, geriatrics, disability, business, and institutions of higher learning.

Topics covered include: GIS Mapping and health patterns, Epidemiology, Program Planning for Wellness, Curriculum Strategies, Health Services Research, Capstone, Principles of Behavior, Applied Behavior Analysis as well as consulting, behavioral development, clinical behavior analysis and ethics in behavior analysis. 

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
ABA 601Concpts & Prin of Behav Analys3
ABA 602Ethics & Prof in Behav Analys3
ABA 603Measuring Eval Behav Change3
ABA 604Behavior Assessment3
ABA 605Behavior Change Procedures3
ABA 606Collab, Superv, & Mgmt in BA3