Degree Options

The Health Promotion and Education Program offers a two-year masters (MS) degree and a 4-5 year doctorate (PhD) degree designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of health education and prevention science.


Graduate students are required to complete the core classes in health promotion and education. Then they have the option to choose an area of specialization to match their research interests (obesity, worksite wellness, diabetes, substance abuse, women’s health, international health, etc.). Our graduate core classes stress professional skills in research methods, program planning and evaluation, locating and culturally adapting evidence-based programs, grant writing, communication and media, and health services administration. Coursework focuses on the importance of social, psychological, behavioral, spiritual, developmental, educational, and communication theories as they relate to health education practice.


Our graduate faculty members are nationally and internationally known primarily in the areas of resilience and family-based interventions for the prevention of substance abuse, obesity, eating disorders, diabetes, physical inactivity, and other related health problems. We also have faculty with expertise in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medical Training (EMT), First Aid and CPR, and Paramedic Training in our Center for Emergency Programs.

Our Graduates

Our graduates are employed in many different types of settings, including positions as teachers in public and private schools, professors at universities and colleges, division directors and staff with county and state health departments, and research evaluators and staff with the federal government in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Washington, D.C. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.