Health Education and Promotion (MEd)

Program Coordinator: Irene Cucina, DPE
E-mail: icucina@plymouth.edu

Health Education and Promotion (HEP) is a pillar for the broader field of public health, which is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This master’s degree program prepares Health Education and Promotion specialists who may serve in a variety of roles calling for broad knowledge and leadership skills used to address health behavior change across all levels of the socio-ecological spectrum, from individual  knowledge, skills and attitudes to community-wide and regional population health, and environmental/policy change leadership.  Graduates will be qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This certification is widely recognized by clinical, corporate, academic and community employment Health Education and Promotion employment settings.

Optional specializations are available for students who desire specific professional development as certified K-12 Health Education Teacher or in the area of Eating Disorders awareness, education and treatment.

Program Planning

The core education courses are offered year-round, and the required health education courses are offered primarily as weekend and hybrid courses. A limited number of courses will be offered during the fall terms. Content classes are offered on a rotating basis. This schedule allows students to complete their degree in two or three years on a part-time basis. Full-time students may be able to complete the requirements in less time.

Required Concentrations in this Major

Complete one concentration

Health Education and Promotion

Students interested in community, clinical, and corporate health promotion should choose this concentration. Coursework also provides preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Master's Core Component
ED 5000Social Behavior in a Diverse Society3
ED 5010Philosophy, Ethics & Education3
ED 5030Research Design3
Health Education Component
HP 5010Scientific Foundations of Health Behavior3
HP 5020Designing and Implementing Health Promotion Programs3
HP 5030Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
Professional Development Component12
Choose at least four courses from HP, HL or HH based on previous education/experience
Capstone Experience
HL 5750Individual Research: Health Education3
or HL 5800 Practicum in Health Education
Total Credits33

Health Education and Promotion, Eating Disorders

Program Coordinator: Margaret Burckes-Miller, EdD
E-mail: margaret@plymouth.edu

This concentration is designed to offer students the knowledge and skills to understand eating disorders and disordered eating. This concentration is for health care professionals, counselors, social workers, nurses, and dietitians, and school professionals. The focus is on education and outreach for schools/communities and training health care and mental health professionals to treat and counsel those with eating disorders.

The courses specific to eating disorders are also offered as a graduate certificate program, the Eating Disorders Institute Certificate, for post-baccalaureate students.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Master's Core Component
ED 5000Social Behavior in a Diverse Society3
ED 5010Philosophy, Ethics & Education3
ED 5030Research Design3
Eating Disorders Institute Component
HL 5160Eating Disorders: Awareness and Prevention3
HL 5190Medical and Physiological Aspects of Eating Disorders3
HL 5180Nutrition Fundamentals and Counseling in the Recovery of Eating Disorders3
HL 5170Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders3
Elective Component
Complete nine credits9
Capstone Experience
HL 5150Eating Disorders Clinical3
Total Credits33

 Health Education and Promotion, K-12 Teacher Certification Only

This program is for certified teachers who hold a Master's degree and are seeking to add Health Education Teacher licensure.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Teaching and Learning Component0-6
Choose at least two courses from the following based on previous education or professional experience:
Foundations of Teaching
Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development
Classroom Interventions and Special Education Strategies
Teaching Strategies in Health Education
Health Education and Promotion Component
HP 5010Scientific Foundations of Health Behavior3
HP 5020Designing and Implementing Health Promotion Programs3
HP 5030Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
Professional Development Electives6
Choose at least two courses from HP, HL, HH, or ED
Teaching Experience Component
HP 5960Health Education Teaching Internship6
Total Credits21-27