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HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION

 

Graduate programs leading to a master of science degree are available in two areas of concentration in health education:

(1) Community Health Education (non-thesis only) which is designed to prepare individuals for employment in community health agencies, and (2) School Health Education (thesis and non-thesis options), which is designed to prepare certified public school personnel for teaching, administration, and/or curriculum coordination of school health programs.

 

For each program, students must complete individually prescribed undergraduate course work to meet prerequisite requirements. Graduate students from other programs are not allowed to enroll in health education graduate courses unless departmental approval has been given.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

 

The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted into the master of science degree program in health education and health promotion.

I.                    Students must receive acceptance to graduate study in health education and health promotion from the Graduate Admissions Office. The letter of acceptance from the Graduate Admissions Office may include an evaluation of previous academic work  including deficiencies and/or specific  prerequisite program requirements.

II.                 Applicants must be granted unconditional admission to graduate study (a 2.85 GPA or above will satisfy grade point requirement), or must be admitted “on probation” to graduate study.

III.               Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the health education and health promotion graduate faculty.

 

Note:

All deficiencies and/or special prerequisites must be satisfied before the student has accumulated 12 graduate credits. Students have the option of completing these requirements prior to attending the university or prior to the accumulation of 12 graduate credits.

 

Appeals of admission denied:

Any student denied admission into the master’s program may request a program admission review. A written request for review must be submitted to the health education and health promotion department chair. This request will be forwarded to an appeals committee for the review of the admission status.

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

 

Non-thesis Option (43 Credits)

Required Courses:

Credits

HED

698

Community Health Education Preceptorship

5

HED

703

Health Education Foundations

3

HED

706

Research Tools and Processes

6

HED

798

Graduate Project in Health Education

4

 

 

 

 

Minimum required credits

18

 

 

Each student will develop a program of study through advisement to meet individual needs and meet university requirements. The individualized program will include courses from each of the following core areas. A minimum of six credits will be taken in each area.

 

A.                 Administration and Program  Development Core*

HED 566, 577, 720, 790, ESS 780, MGT 730

B.                 Health Education Processes and  Concepts Core*

HED 542, 567, 660, 701, 755, 770

C.                 Health Content and Skills Core*

HED 531, 533, 554, 565, 620, 641, 652, 653, 654, 656, 686, 707.

 

Minimum core credits — 18

Electives minimum — 7 

 

*Special Request (e.g., HED 675; HED 695; HED 725; courses from other departments and campuses).

 

SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

 

The master of science in school health education prepares professionals for positions in schools as licensed health education teachers and coordinators. Graduates gain an in-depth understanding of behavior change, learning theories, instructional methods and materials, and curriculum design.

 

Graduates are prepared to:

        provide leadership in establishing and maintaining a healthy school environment

        understand public policy related to school health programs

        demonstrate effective public relations methods

        understand functions of community agencies

        assist other teachers in upgrading skills and knowledge

        evaluate the teaching-learning process to determine health needs and interests, students progress, and school health education success

        conduct research and interpret the results of health-related research

 

Graduates are employed in:

        public and private schools

        regional education agencies

        state education agencies

        public and private agencies

 

Thesis Option (32 Credits)

Required courses:         Credit

HED

701

Contemporary Issues in Health Education

3

HED

703

Health Education Foundations

3

HED

706

Research Tools and Processes

6

HED

770

Health Counseling

3

HED

799

Research: Master’s Thesis

4

Minumum required Credits

19

 

 

Elective Courses

With an adviser’s approval, elective courses are selected to develop a health education emphasis (i.e., curriculum content, health promotion, or administration). A maximum of nine credits may be taken outside the Health Education and Health Promotion Department. At least one elective course must be chosen that focuses on learning and instructional technology taken outside of the department, preferably in the School of Education, for a minimum of three credits. Students who are seeking state health education certification can select elective courses to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements.

 

Minimum elective credits — 13

 

Non-thesis Option (32 Credits)

Required Courses:        Credit

HED

701

Contemporary Issues in Health Education

3

HED

703

Health Education Foundations

3

HED

706

Research Tools and Processes

3

HED

770

Health Counseling

3

HED

798

Graduate Project in Health Education

4

 

Minimum required credits — 16

 

Elective Courses

With an adviser’s approval, elective courses are selected to develop a health education emphasis (i.e., curriculum content, health promotion, or administration). A maximum of nine credits may be taken outside the Health Education Department. At least one elective course must be chosen that focuses on learning and instructional technology taken outside of the department, preferably in the School of Education, for a minimum of three credits. Students who are seeking state health education certification can select elective courses to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements.

 

Minimum elective credits — 16

Note:

Graduate credit will not be awarded for any course in which undergraduate credit was received. This applies to all graduate programs offered in the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.

 

 


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