Population health is an emerging field that considers and addresses both health improvements and the elimination of disparities. The Master of Science in Health Promotion will prepare you to play a critical role in this movement and enable you to contribute to the national transformation from disease-focused health care to a wellness-based model predicated on prevention and education.
This innovative program will offer you a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of health promotion. You learn about the interaction among the psychological, social, and environmental factors affecting health, and design programs to address health from a holistic perspective in both community and workplace settings.
In this 33 or 34-credit master’s degree you will learn how to encourage individuals to make positive lifestyle choices and create sustainable behavior changes within the community and within organizations. Depending on your primary career interest, you can choose an area of concentration in either Community Health Education or Workplace Wellness.
- Features distinctive integrative health-based coursework focused on practices such as mindfulness, movement/physical activity, and integrative and functional nutrition
- Prepares graduates to create programs and interventions that will support health behavior change and health maintenance
- Includes a broad and inclusive understanding of integrative health practices, an evidence-based understanding of traditional, complementary, and conventional medicine, as well as self-care practices
- Expert faculty are leaders and practitioners in the fields of community health education, workplace wellness and integrative health
- Designed to accommodate student needs for a flexible learning experience; online program can be completed in two years
- Eligible for federal financial aid
Can’t decide whether health promotion or health and wellness coaching is the program for you? Review this comparative summary to learn more about these professions.
Students will select one of the following areas of concentration:
Community Health Education
Health educators work with groups, organizations, and communities to assess their health challenges and needs and then create and evaluate programs and interventions. These professionals often direct and manage projects and programs, consult with organizations and health departments, give public presentations, write articles and books on a variety of health topics, facilitate workshops and serve as faculty in higher education. Health educators may also specialize in working with specific populations, such as the youth or the elderly, or focus their work on specific chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity. As a graduate of this program, you will meet the eligibility requirement to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
A workplace wellness program is an employment-based activity or employer-sponsored benefit designed to promote health-related behaviors and disease management. These programs are becoming increasingly common, and frequently use health professionals to target and incentivize behavior shifts toward exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and weight loss. Organizations are very interested in these shifts because they see the potential to increase employee production and morale and decrease healthcare costs. The workplace wellness area of concentration allows students to build core competencies around program needs assessment, development, and evaluation, and then focus specifically on the workplace setting for health promotion activities. These competencies and the foundational knowledge of integrative health practices provide MUIH graduates with a competitive advantage in a rapidly growing field. As a graduate of this program, you will meet the eligibility requirement to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.