Community Health and Recreation MA

community health and recreation master's

Program Description

New major, effective Fall 2020. (Reflects merging of previous M.A. in public health education and M.A. in leisure, youth and human services).

This newly designed master's program prepares you for professional leadership roles in the administration of community health and recreation agencies. You'll have the opportunity to take an active role in determining personal learning objectives and developing individual programs of study. The program supports professional development through the utilization of relevant philosophy, content, and skills in order to provide management and leadership for effective and efficient delivery of community health and recreation services.  Students are encouraged to focus on study that has direct relevance to professional practice. You can design programs of study for work in campus recreation, nonprofit settings, community recreation, tourism organizations, sports administration, and outdoor resource management.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.


Full course detail in online catalog

Total credit hours: 33

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options.

  • Thesis: 15 hours required, 12 hours elective, 6 hours research
  • Non-thesis: 15 hours required, 12 hours elective, 6 hours research

Only graduate courses will apply to a graduate degree. No exceptions will be made. 

Required (interdisciplinary emphasis):

Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership/Public Health and Education

  • Philosophy/History/Ethics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Cultural Competency
  • Social Policy or Social Psychology
  • Research Methods

Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership

  • Financial Decision Making
  • Management Issues
  • Personnel Management and Supervision
  • Strategic Program Management
  • Marketing the  RTNL Agency
  • Youth Development in Nonprofit Organizations

Public Health and Education

  • Worksite Health
  • Public Health Theory
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Environmental Occupational Regulations
  •  Intro to Women's Health
  •  Minority Health
  •  Planning and Evaluation
  • Global Mission
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • International Health
  • Self-Topics in Women's Health
  • Public Health Theory 
  • Toxicology

Field experience and readings could be included in unique situations. 

Application Process

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Division of Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership for other application requirements. Refer to the Graduate College for admission and application information. 

Program Resources

Students before fall 2020: M.A. in leisure, youth and human services 

Students before fall 2020: M.A. in health education  

As of fall 2020:  M.A. in community health and recreation, online catalog 


Maximum Award Apply By
Dean's Graduate Fellowship $1,500 8/16/2021