CU to offer M.Ed. in Health Promotion

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 05 2009

CONTACT: Graduate Studies Admissions
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CU to offer M.Ed. in Health Promotion

Athens, W.Va. – Beginning this fall, Concord University will offer a content specialization in health promotion within the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. The content specialization in health promotion is a 36-hour program that consists of 15 hours in “core” education courses and 21 hours focusing on health promotion.

“The M.Ed. in Health Promotion is appropriate for those with undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas including health education, nursing, sociology, psychology, allied health and environmental studies,” noted Dr. Cheryl Trull, interim director of graduate studies. “The goal of this specialization is to 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 and health promotion programs, schools (for those currently holding a license in another field), and other health organizations.

“The content specialization in health promotion 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 world and reduce health care costs,” she concluded.

According to Dr. H. David Campbell, assistant professor of health and physical education, “Individuals are introduced to the unique opportunity each has as a health professional to effect knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to health issues and are trained in health promotion strategies and interventions to impact individuals and communities.”

Dr. Eloise M. Elliott, professor of physical education, also noted that, “This is a progressive content area specialization, with an emphasis on current health topics, including obesity, and will focus on evaluation, program planning, and implementation of interventional strategies in a variety of settings. “

Interim Vice President and Academic Dean, Dr. Stephen Rowe, stated that, “This health promotion graduate work is being offered in response to a demonstrated need in Southern West Virginia. Concord University will continue to assess the need for graduate programming and deliver those programs to this region.”

Approval to offer the M.Ed. in Health Promotion has been secured by the institution’s Board of Governors and the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC).

For information on the health promotion content specialization contact Graduate Studies Admissions, 1-304-384-6223 or Course delivery and availability is located on the CU Graduate Studies website .