MS in Health Promotion & Education

The Master of Science (MS) degree is a two-year (42 credit hour) degree awarded for advanced achievement in an area of expertise related to Health Promotion and Education. Our graduates develop their professional skills through the core classes to conduct quality program planning, evaluation, and research in a specific area of specialization of their choice in health promotion. This degree prepares students for leadership positions in university, worksite, community, and government agencies.

Study Tracks

  1. Thesis

    The end goal is a thesis. Thesis students must write, defend, and submit a thesis that discusses the results of scientific or scholarly research on a health promotion and education topic. It must provide evidence of originality and the ability to do an independent investigation. Thesis research is approved by the University of Utah Institutional Board (IRB) and involves collecting new data.

  2. Non-Thesis

    The end goal is a master’s project. The end goal of the master’s project is the application of all of the skills you have learned. This typically involves development of a health promotion program, piloting that program in a setting or population that interests you and evaluating the pilot program. The project is proposed to your graduate committee for approval before starting the project and a written and oral presentation is made to your committee upon completion. You should receive guidance and assistance from your committee throughout the project.