Health Education and Promotion (MEd)

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 specialization is available for students who desire specific professional development for the K-12 Health Education Certification.

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 5000Understanding Social Behaviors3
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

 K-12 Health Education Teacher Certification

Students in the K-12 Health Education Teacher Certification option must fulfill the Master's Core Component in addition to the requirements below. Passing Praxis I and the Department HE Content Exam is required prior to completing the Teaching Experience Component. Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). 

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Teaching and Learning Component
Choose at least two courses from the following based on previous education or professional experience:6
Foundations of Teaching
Exploring Learning Theories and Cognitive Growth
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 Component
At least 2 HP, HL or HH courses will be approved by Coordinator depending upon previous education and/or professional experience.6
Teaching Experience Component
HP 5960Health Education Teaching Internship6
Total Credits27

Health Education & Promotion:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic health content and current health issues appropriate for an entry level health professional.
  • Assess, plan and implement health promotion programs.
  • Evaluate health promotion programs for process and outcomes
  • Obtain national certification as a certified health education specialist (CHES) from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, INC. (NCHEC)
• Public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Community organizations and nonprofits, such as the YMCA and community clinics
• School health, including colleges and universities
• Corporate offices that encourage stress management and sponsor wellness programs for employees
• Wellness Coaching
• Addiction Counseling