Master of Education in Health Education
The Penn State Harrisburg Master of Education in Health Education applies education, public health, and behavioral theories to prepare health education specialists to work in any setting in which the aim is to promote health and wellness. The goal of the master’s degree in health education is to educate professionals who help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Health education specialists teach people about behaviors that promote health and wellness and are trained to collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. Health educators may serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.
Health Education Program – Convenience and Flexibility
The health education program is designed for working professionals and recent bachelor’s degree graduates to pursue the master’s program in health education part-time or full-time through a core of courses delivered via hybrid format in the evenings. The program is customizable, allowing students the flexibility to choose from a wide range electives within and outside the program to meet their career and professional goals. All students must complete a guided research-based scholarly project that further enhances their professional experiences and refines the skills necessary to function as a professional health education specialist.
Health Education Credentials
The master’s program in health education is aligned with the Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists as stated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). After completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
Jobs in Health Education
Health education specialists work in a variety of professional settings:
- community health organizations
- schools hospitals and other healthcare facilities
- health insurance companies
- government and public health departments
- private business
- colleges and universities
Graduates of the Penn State Harrisburg health education master’s program are employed in a wide range of positions:
- health and physical education teachers
- community health educators public health program administrators
- wellness specialists
- drug and alcohol counselors