MA in Health Education

The Master of Arts degree in Health Education provides post-graduate academic training for individuals employed in or planning to seek employment as public health practitioners and health educators in public, academic, hospital/clinical, community/non-profit, and corporate settings.  This degree program provides graduate level training designed to prepare public health and health promotion professionals to design, implement, and evaluate interventions working in a wide range of health, public health and health promotion areas. The post-graduate training program enhances the leadership and research skills of public health workers, preparing them for positions of progressive responsibility within their chosen career.

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 Health Promotion and Education (within the School of KAHHS) for other application requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

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

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 30-34 semester hours is required, depending on the emphasis chosen. Additional hours may be required, if, upon entering the graduate program, the student needs background courses. The thesis option requires 6 hours of thesis research HPE 6299 (410:299). The non-thesis option requires a research paper for 2 hours credit HPE 6299 (410:299). A minimum of 12 hours, exclusive of HPE 6299 (410:299) credit, must be at the 200/6000-level.

Successful completion of a final written comprehensive examination is required for both the thesis and non-thesis options.

Three emphases are offered on this major: Health Promotion/Fitness Management, Community Health Education, and School Health Education.


How to Apply

Department Application

Graduate Assistantships

Program of Study

KAHHS Graduate Student Handbook


Graduate Coordinator: Susan Roberts-Dobie