Our Program

The Health Behavior and Health Education Program is aimed at addressing concerns in public health. This program covers topics ranging from curbing risky behavior, to educating communities about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

This program offers a master’s degree (M.Ed. or M.S.) or a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Health Behavior and Health Education.


Health Behavior and Health Education graduate programs focus theory-driven research utilizing a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. Students in this program participate in research and applied opportunities within and outside the university. Content areas include research on:

  • Tobacco Prevention
  • HIV Risk Reduction
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Successful Aging
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • Aggression Prevention
  • "Best Practices" of Prevention Activities in Medical Care Settings
  • Women's Health
  • Wellness and Resiliency
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Delivery of School-Based Interventions

After Graduation

Graduates of the Health Behavior and Health Education master's degree programs (M.S. and M.Ed.) enjoy a variety of job opportunities at health departments, worksite health promotion programs, government agencies, voluntary health agencies, health care organizations, and other settings.

Students who conducted research in the M.S. program are also prepared to pursue a Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education or a related field. With a doctoral degree, graduates are prepared for a career in academic and research careers.

Credentialing became available for health education in 1990 and health education is now listed on the federal government's list of health occupations, further opening the field. For more information on credentialing visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, inc. Promotion for a healthy lifestyle has become a greater public concern over the past few decades. Organizations such as the American Public Health Association and the Texas Public Health Association work to educate the public and strengthen the public health profession.

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