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.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
1.5 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
56
(37 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420

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.

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.

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.


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

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

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.

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Sample Courses
  • Environmental Health
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Health Education Design, Implementation, and Administration
  • Public Health Leadership and Administration
  • Health Education and Communication

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    56
  • Total Credits
    56

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking For:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Instructing
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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