Online Master of Science Degree in Health Education

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Program at a Glance
  • Study how to design, implement, and evaluate health programs.
  • Receive training in the seven areas of responsibility for health education specialists, as identified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).
  • Prepare to seek leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations.
COURSE EFFORT 12–15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Science in Health Education Overview

With the focus of America's health care system shifting to the prevention of illness and the promotion of healthier lifestyles, a master’s in health education from Purdue Global can empower you to help others live healthier lives.

Health educators encourage people to learn how to get and stay healthy. The online master's in health education focuses on the skills and knowledge related to public and community health education.

Curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Identify major concepts, theories, issues, and trends in health education and promotion.
  • Develop and analyze health education programs using the proper concepts, principles, and methods.
  • Design and critique research in health education programming.
  • Gain an understanding of multicultural literacy in the field of health education and wellness.
  • Uphold the professional standards outlined in the Health Education Code of Ethics.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Gain Real-World Experience

Prior to graduation, you will complete an onsite fieldwork experience to help you gain valuable on-the-job experience. You will work closely with a site preceptor, faculty advisor, and supportive staff every step of the way.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

With a Master of Science in Health Education from Purdue Global, you could pursue a wide range of leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, corporate, and academic settings.*

Some career titles associated with a health education degree include:

  • Health educator
  • Community or social service manager
  • Corporate health consultant
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Prevention and health promotion specialist

What Does a Health Educator Do?

Health educators solve community health issues by designing and implementing educational programs that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Health educator responsibilities may include grant writing, resource evaluations, referrals, social marketing and media, community organizing, developing training methods and materials, and publishing.

Courses in the Master of Science in Health Education are designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in the broad areas of public health education and community health.

Sample Courses
  • Environmental Health
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Health Education Design, Implementation, and Administration
  • Public Health Leadership and Administration
  • Health Education and Communication
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits56
  • Total Credits56

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.