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MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION

 

The Master of Public Health in Community Health Education (MPH–CHE) prepares health and human service professionals to serve in various settings where community health education approaches are employed to improve health and well being. This practitioner-oriented program addresses behavioral theory, communication and motivational processes, community intervention strategies, and evaluation procedures for community health promotion and primary prevention. As a culminating experience, students complete a thesis or graduate project in health education.” One of two options is selected by the candidate: Plan A, which includes a master’s thesis, or Plan B, the non-thesis option. Each option requires the same core courses. Graduate students from other programs are not allowed to enroll in health education graduate courses unless departmental approval has been given.

 

The only degree of its kind in the UW System, the MPH-CHE is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

 

Graduates are prepared to:

        assess individual and community health needs

        plan effective health education and health promotion programs

        implement and evaluate educational experiences

        coordinate and manage the provisions of health education services

        serve as resource people in health education

        communicate health and health education needs, concerns, and resources

        conduct health education and promotion research

        apply research principles and strategies in health education

        manage and supervise health education programs in various settings

 

Graduates are employed in:

        public health agencies

        volunteer and private agencies

        hospitals and other health care settings

        local, state, and national governmental agencies

        business and industrial settings

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1.      Students must complete an “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” form and specific MPH-CHE admission materials to be returned to the Admissions Office by February 15. Following review of the admissions materials by the departmental review committee, a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant.

2.      Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 based on a minimum of 60 final semester credits or a cumulative post-baccalaureate GPA of not less than 3.00 based on not less than nine semester credits as determined by the graduate program director in the Department of Health Education and Health  Promotion.

3.      A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1500 for the total general test scores for verbal, qualitative, and analytical measures is strongly recommended.

4.      Three current (within one year) letters of recommendation on the forms provided.

5.      One letter of application and intent which details your:

        academic goals within the MPH program 

        professional goals

        previous professional experiences

        reasons for selecting an MPH degree program (vs. MS or other master’s degree)

        reasons for wanting to be a community health educator

                special interests within the field of community health education

6.      A minimum of one year of voluntary or salaried post-baccalaureate work experience in one or more health or social service settings is strongly recommended.

7.      A departmental review committee will assess all submitted materials, to include an interview when necessary. It is important to note that one’s acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of the above items, and is not based solely on any particular element.

 

Prerequisite competency areas:  Chemistry (CHM 100 or 103), Biology (BIO 312-313 or ESS 205 and 206), Sociology (SOC 110 or 120 or 334), Health Statistics/ Research Design (HED 350 or MTH 205), Community Health Education Foundations (HED 240 or public health education experience), Epidemiology (HED 340), Health related experience (one year, or HED 498 — 12 credits).

 

Plan A: Thesis Option (41 Credits)

Required Courses:     Credit

HED

698

Community Health Education Preceptorship

5

HED

701

Contemporary Issues in Health Education

3

HED

703

Health Education Foundations

3

HED

706

Research Tools and Processes

6

HED

707

Environmental Health

3

HED

720

Program Assessment, Planning and Evaluationin Health Promotion

3

HED

755

Epidemiology and Public Health Issues

3

HED

770

Health Counseling

3

HED

790

Public Health Administration and Organization

3

HED

799

Research: Master’s Thesis

4

Electives

 

5

Total

 

41

 

Plan B: Non-thesis Option

(45 Credits)

 

The Plan B option would include the 32 required course and preceptorship credits, along with HED 798, Graduate Project in Health Education, for three credits, plus 10 credits of electives. The elective credits provide a wide range of options in the areas of health education concepts and processes, program development, and skill development. These elective experiences would be established following discussions with the community health education graduate studies director in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion.

 


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