The Master of Arts (MA) in Health Promotion is a 33 credit hour online program that will prepare highly trained health educators to meet the health needs of our society in a variety of work settings, including community and public health agencies, worksite health promotion programs, schools, and other health organizations. This program is designed for professionals who want to enhance their skills in promoting health strategies that will lead to improved disease prevention. The MA in Health Promotion Program is appropriate for those with undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas including health education, health promotion, public health, sociology, psychology, allied health fields, and environmental health studies. Potential students must be proficient in computer literacy and writing skills, be a self-directed learner, possess leadership skills, enjoy working with people, and have a passion for health for themselves and others.
The program emphasizes primary prevention and the empowerment of communities to address their own health and social needs in ways that can improve the health status of the greater community and reduce health care costs. Students are introduced to the unique opportunity they have as health professionals to effect individuals’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to health issues, and are trained in health promotion strategies and interventions to impact individuals and communities. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared and qualified to take the Certified Health Education Specialist examination in order to obtain the CHES credential. The CHES designation is an indication of professional competency and commitment to ongoing professional growth and development (through the CHES CEU process). CHES exam eligibility is based solely on academic qualifications. To be eligible for the CHES examination, an individual must hold a bachelors, masters, or doctorate (from an accredited institution of higher education) in the field of health education and/or health promotion.