As the nation addresses the dual challenges of soaring chronic disease rates and healthcare costs, health and wellness has become the number one area of job growth and demand. The Master of Science in Health Promotion has been developed to prepare you to take advantage of these current and future healthcare trends. We fully expect graduates of this program to be vital contributors to the much needed shift in the national landscape toward prevention, education, and wellness.
This program offers you a comprehensive foundation in health sciences and integrative health, including an evidence-based understanding of the physiological and environmental aspects of disease prevention and healthy living. You will learn how to empower individuals or populations to make life-sustaining and life-supporting behavior changes.
- Distinctive science coursework: Features integrated science courses using a design that has been successful for students of all academic backgrounds
- Broad and inclusive understanding of health practices: Offers evidence-based understanding of health and wellness practices that integrates traditional, complementary, and conventional medicine, as well as self-care practices
- Expert faculty: Instructors are leaders in the fields of health education, medicine, and integrative health
- Flexibility: Delivered in a weekend format to accommodate working professionals and those who travel to attend the program
- Eligible for federal financial aid
About the Curriculum
The Master of Science in Health Promotion curriculum has a core of 13 credits and two areas of concentration.
These highly relevant courses provide a strong foundation in health sciences and integrative health. You will gain the knowledge and understanding to articulate the mechanisms between physiological, psychological, social, and environmental factors to formulate approaches to whole person healing. There is also a 1-credit course designed to explore the fields of health education and health coaching to help you decide on an area of concentration.
Areas of Concentration
In addition to sharing core credits, these areas of concentration teach common skill sets, including the ability to design effective programs and interventions, and the ability to work through resistance.
Concentration in Health Education
If you see yourself working with groups within organizations and communities, assessing their health challenges and needs, and then creating and evaluating programs and interventions, this concentration is for you. Health educators often give public presentations, write on health topics, facilitate groups, and serve as faculty in higher education. Health educators may also specialize in working with youth or the elderly, or focus their work on specific chronic diseases. As a graduate of this program, you will meet the eligibility requirement to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Learn more.
Concentration in Health Coaching
This concentration will provide you with the knowledge and skills to partner with individuals on a one-on-one basis to help identify their health and wellness goals, uncover their ambiguities to change, and design meaningful and effective action steps to help them develop healthy, life-changing behaviors. Health coaches also work in private practice, integrative health care practices, fitness centers, and corporate wellness programs. Our coaching courses are approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as 200-hour Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) programs and can lead to ICF coach certification. Learn more.