Master's Degree Required Courses

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Health Behavior and Health Education (No Thesis/No Report Option) (36 hrs)

The M.Ed. degree program is a practical degree in Health Behavior and Health Education. This program focuses on coursework and a student internship that prepares students for a career when they graduate. This program consists of four main areas of study:

  • Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration Area (15 hrs)
  • Electives in Health Behavior and Health Education (9 hrs)
  • Supporting Work Outside the Department (6 hrs)
  • Graduate Internship: HED 697P (6 hrs)

In addition to these required courses, M.Ed. students are also required to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam (or be currently CHES certified). Students should also ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisite requirements before applying to the master’s program.

Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration Area (15 hrs)

  • HED 395 Theories of Health Behavior*
  • HED 395 Foundations of Epidemiology*
  • HED 395 Planning Health Promotion Programs
  • HED 386 Research Methods: Applied Research Techniques*
  • HED 395 Faculty Advisor-Approved Course

*These courses should be taken during the first year in the program.

Electives in Health Behavior and Health Education (9 hrs)  

Students will select three electives such as those courses indicated below. The student should select a sequence that meets his/her interests and career direction. The student's Faculty Advisor must approve selections. The following courses are indicated as examples.

  • HED 395 Child and Adolescent Health Psychology
  • HED 395 Adult Development, Aging and Health
  • HED 395 Impact of Marketing on Public Health
  • HED 395 Risk and Resilience in Children and Adolescents
  • HED 395 Social Determinants of Health
  • HED 395 Physical Activity & Public Health Practice
  • HED 395 Exercise and Mental Health
  • HED 395 Cognitive Exercise Across the Lifespan
  • HED 395 Research Ethics

Supporting Coursework Outside the Department (6 hrs)  

Students will also take classes outside of the department to achieve a multidisciplinary approach to Health Education. Ideally, the two courses should represent a sequence in one department or a sequence in a specific content area (e.g., demography, organization change, survey research and evaluation, child and adolescent development, nutrition, and adult learning).

Sequences can be developed depending upon the student's interests. The courses are chosen under supervision of the student's Faculty Advisor.

Graduate Internship: HED 697P (6 hrs)

The internship is taken in the final semester after the completion of all course work. This experience gives students the opportunity to apply their cumulative knowledge and skills from their program. The internship provides a supervised practical opportunity to work in a community, school, worksite or health care setting. Each internship is supervised by the student's Faculty Advisor, as well as an onsite supervisor.

Each student works to complete the required Internship Notebook,  which is due to the Faculty Advisor on the last day of class.

The M.Ed. program concludes with a demonstration of their experience during the Health Internship Presentation Day. Other graduate students and faculty will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experience.

Master of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education (Thesis Option)

The M.S. degree program is designed to give students a background in Health Behavior and Health Education through coursework and research. Students in this program will complete a research thesis. This program consists of four main areas of study:

  • Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration Area (15 hrs)
  • Electives in Health Behavior and Health Education (9 hrs)
  • Supporting Work Outside the Department (6 hrs)
  • Thesis: HED 698A and HED 698B (6 hrs)

Students should also ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisite requirements before applying to the master’s program.

Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration Area (15 hrs) 

  • HED 395 Theories of Health Behavior*
  • HED 395 Foundations of Epidemiology*
  • HED 395 Planning Health Promotion Programs
  • HED 386 Research Methods: Applied Research Techniques*
  • HED 395 Faculty Advisor-Approved Course

*These courses should be taken during the first year in the program.

Electives in Health Behavior and Health Education (9 hrs)  

Students will select three electives such as those courses indicated below. The student should attempt to select a sequence that meets his/her interests and career direction. The student's Faculty Advisor must approve selections. The following courses are indicated as examples.

  • HED 395 Child and Adolescent Health Psychology
  • HED 395 Adult Development, Aging and Health
  • HED 395 Impact of Marketing on Public Health
  • HED 395 Risk and Resilience in Children and Adolescents
  • HED 395 Social Determinants of Health
  • HED 395 Physical Activity & Public Health Practice
  • HED 395 Exercise and Mental Health
  • HED 395 Cognitive Exercise Across the Lifespan
  • HED 395 Research Ethics

Supporting Work Outside the Department (6 hrs)  

One of the elective courses must be a graduate statistics course which should be selected with the guidance of the student's Faculty Advisor. Depending upon the student's background, an undergraduate statistics course or a prerequisite course may be necessary.

The second elective should complement the student's specific research interest and should be selected with the guidance of the Faculty Advisor.

Thesis (6 hrs): HED 698A and HED 698B 

The Master’s of Science degree requires students to focus on research in the form of a thesis. The research project for a master's thesis should be of the highest quality and contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of investigation. Students must enroll in HED 698A and HED 698B across the final two semesters of the program. HED 698A and 698B cannot be taken during the same semester.

The thesis may be either an original work, a part of a more comprehensive research project, or an analysis of an available data set. The student should be responsible for the original, final product (data collection, analyses, etc.). Each student will prepare a concise but sound thesis proposal and present it to his/her Faculty Advisor.

Following approval the proposal must be signed by the Faculty Advisor and filed with the Graduate Advisor prior to registration in 698B. The student may continue to modify and fine tune their project. The final thesis must be approved by the Faculty Advisor and a second faculty member. All students must present their thesis research at the Kinesiology and Health Education Thesis Presentation Day.