Master of Science in Community Health Education

The Master of Science in Community Health Education prepares professionals to administer and develop health education programs, to implement health education processes and concepts, to understand current health issues, and to hone skills appropriate to current or projected career goals. The program provides latitude for candidates to select a health-related focus along with a number of courses that will prepare them with aligned skill sets. Candidates are encouraged to tailor coursework to their particular interests and the health issues specific to their professional responsibilities. This is a non-thesis degree in which a student completes a four-credit "Graduate Project in Health Education" (HED 798) related to a focused health education/health promotion issue.

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 a resource in health education
  • communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources
  • conduct health education and health promotion research

Graduates Are Employed In:

  • public health agencies
  • voluntary and private agencies
  • hospitals and other health care settings
  • local, state, and national governmental agencies
  • business and industrial settings
  • global health-related organizations

A rolling admissions process is used for application review in this program.


Non-thesis Option (43 credits total)

Required Courses: (21 credits)

  Course Title Credits
HED 703 Foundations in Health Education 3
HED 706 Research Tools & Processes 6
CHE 780 Community Health Ed. Preceptorship 8
HED 798 Graduate Project in Health Education (maximum 4 credits in program 4


Administration and Program Development

  Course Title Credits
CHE 566 Worksite Health Promotion 1-3
HED 577 Grantseeking in Health, Human Services & Education Prof. 1-3
P-H 720 Prog. Assessment, Planning & Evaluation in Health Promotion 3
P-H 790 Public Health Administration & Organization 3
ESS 780 Phil Organ & Admin of Adult Fithess Prog. 2
MGT 703 Organizational Behavior (by special arrangement with the College of Business) 3

Health Education Processes and Concepts

  Course Title Credits
HED 567 Experiential Learning Strategies in Health Ed. 2
CHE 560 Health Promotion and Preference 2
HED 701 Contemporary Issues in Health Education 3
P-H 755 Epidemiology & Public Health Issues 3

Health Content and Skills

  Course Title Credits
HED 574 Nutrition Education 3
HED 569 Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior 3
HED 509 Stress Management & Relaxation Skills 1
HED 539 Teaching Stress Mgmt. & Relaxation Skills 1
CHE 541 Human Disease Prevention/Control 3
CHE 553 Cultural Issues in Health Education 3
CHE 565 Health Education Marketing 1
HED 572 Sexual Health Promotion 3
HED 573 Health Aspects of Aging 3
HED 586 Introduction to International Health 1
P-H 707 Environmental Health 3
P-H 717 Emerging Public Health Issues 3
Elective Credits: (4 credits)

Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in Community Health Education.

  1.  Students must receive notification of acceptance to graduate study in health education and health promotion form 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 as determined by the program.
  2. 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.
  3. Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the program.

    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.

Graduate students in the College of Science and Health can have many of their questions answered online at the Graduate Advising Website.

Additional information for HEHP Graduate Students may be found in the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Guidebook (pdf).


Dr. Gary D. Gilmore
Professor and Director, Graduate Community Health Programs
Mitchell Hall 201
gilmore.gary@uwlax.eduPhone (608) 785-8163
Or the Department (608) 785-8162
FAX (608) 785-6792