What is the cost? expanding section

While the overall costs of attending college vary with each student, there are certain costs which can be anticipated.  

Please visit the UWL Financial Aid web page for an estimate of the general graduate cost information.  

Minnesota residents can attend under the reciprocity program and will find additional details and application on the Financial Aid web page under the general graduate cost information listed above.

Please use the following link to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Cashier's Office/Accounts Receivable - Parents and Students page where you will find additional tuition and fee information.

For more information on financial aid please visit the UWL Financial Aid Office.

What is the CHES? expanding section

CHES stands for Certified Health Education Specialist.  It is earned through the successful completion of a national examination process which evaluates knowledge of the responsibilities and related competencies defined by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators.

The certification as a Health Education Specialist is awarded by The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHES) after a candidate has completed academic coursework in health education from an accredited institution and successfully completed the written examination. Students who are within 90 days of graduation also are able to sit for the exam. The examination, offered in April and October at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and elsewhere in the United States, is available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students.

The certification process is intended to:
  • Verify an individual's knowledge and skills in the defined areas of health education competencies.
  • Identify qualified health educators to employers.
  • Recognize commitment to the profession.

For more information on eligibility or how to register for testing, contact:

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303
Whitehall, PA 18052-5642
Telephone: (808) 624-3248

Study materials can be received from above phone number and website for NCHEC

(recommended materials include the framework and study guide)

Dates, times and fees for the upcoming CHES exams: 
Please see the NCHES web site NCHES Schedule and Fees

Applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline dates listed

What is the difference between MS and MPH? expanding section

Accreditation: The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Admission: The MS program admits students on a rolling basis. This means MS students can begin in the fall or spring semester. The MPH program requires all candidates to begin in the fall.

Course Flexibility: The MPH program has 35 required credits and 5-7 elective credits. In the MS program, 21 of the 43 credits are required, leaving more flexibility for students to chose their classes. Candidates in the MS program are encouraged to tailor their coursework to their particular interest.

Capstone Project: The MPH program gives candidates the option of a thesis or a graduate project. The MS program is a non-thesis degree in which students complete a four-credit graduate project in Health Education.

Practicum Experience: Both the MPH program and the MS program require an eight (8) credit practicum (precptorship) experience.