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Do you have an undergraduate degree in Health Education (or related field) and want to improve your knowledge, skill, and career aspects? Are you currently working in the field of health education and want to expand your credentials and skillset to improve your career prospects?

The master of arts in health education (MA) program at East Carolina University provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or for those planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community or corporate settings. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assess the health-related needs of a population, plan and implement effective intervention strategies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.

Health education is a growing field that is expected to continue to provide favorable employment opportunities. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports the field of health education will expand 36 percent through 2020. Health Educators are increasingly being utilized to teach people how to live healthier lives.

Students who complete the MA in health education can receive Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification upon passing the credentialing exam. CHES certification indicates professional competency in the field as well as dedication to professional development.

ECU Advantage

The MA in health education is offered completely online from an accredited university. Students in this program are afforded the freedom to continue working as professionals in the field (or closely related discipline) while pursuing a graduate degree to expand their skillset. Classes are enhanced with creative teaching strategies and technologies to allow online students similar teacher-student interactions and student-student interactions to what they would experience in a face-to-face environment.

Our award-winning faculty train leaders to intervene in a variety of health issues. Practical experiences, research opportunities and instructional learning aid in developing leaders in the field of health education. Students are able to integrate ethical principles, cultural beliefs, and socioeconomic issues into effective prevention strategies to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Michele Wallen (3204 Belk Building; 252-737-1535; wallenm@ecu.edu)

The master of arts degree in health education provides advanced academic training for individuals employed or planning to seek employment as health educators in academic, clinical, community, and corporate settings. Undergraduate training in health education or the social and biological sciences is preferred. Applicants with undergraduate preparation deficient in these areas will be required to remove such deficiencies through supplemental course work as designated by the department's graduate faculty.

The basic curriculum plan for the MA in health education requires 30 s.h. All students take the core courses and then select from one of three options: thesis, internship, or course work. Students select electives in consultation with their advisor.

1. Core courses - 18 s.h.
  • HLTH 6001 - Foundations of Health Education and Promotion
  • HLTH 6011 - Introduction to Epidemiology
  • HLTH 6101 - Research Methods in Health Education
  • HLTH 6110 - Intervention Strategies for Health Education and Promotion
  • HLTH 6600 - Needs Assessment in Health Education and Promotion
  • HLTH 6650 - Evaluation of Health Education and Promotion Programs
2. Options - 12 s.h.

(Choose one of the following options.)

    a. Course work option (12 s.h.)
      Guided electives - 12 s.h.
        Note:

        The student completes a comprehensive examination covering both core and research skills courses. The graduate advisor selects the committee to examine the student.

        b. Internship option (12 s.h.)
        • HLTH 6990 - Internship in Health Education (3 s.h.)
        • HLTH 6991 - Internship in Health Education (3 s.h.)
        • Guided electives - 6 s.h.
            Note:

            The student completes a 240-hour internship experience and writes an internship report. The student also completes a comprehensive examination covering both core and research skills courses. The graduate advisor selects the committee to examine the student.

            c. Thesis option (12 s.h.)
            • HLTH 7000 - Thesis (6 s.h.)
            • Guided elective - 3 s.h.
                Research skills - 3 s.h.

                 (Choose one of the following.)

                • BIOS 7021 - Biostatistics for Health Professionals I or
                • RCLS 6300 - Statistics and Analysis in Health and Human Performance
                Note:

                The student writes and orally defends a thesis. The thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s advisor and a committee that comprises three health education and promotion faculty and an outside reviewer.

              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

              Careers With This Degree

              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

              • Public Health Education and Promotion
              • Health Specialties Teacher, Postsecondary
              • Education and Training
              • Public Health Education and Promotion

              Career Opportunities

              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

              NC Tower

              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

              • Self-employed;
              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
              • Work outside of North Carolina.

              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

              Degree-specific internships

              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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