Masters Programs in Health Education
Master of Arts in Education, Community Health
This program prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities beyond the bachelor's degree level. Work settings include public, volunteer, and private health agencies, clinics and worksites. Students learn advanced health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Course work includes research design, health foundations, planning and evaluating programs, administration, and health behavior. There are two options within this program thesis and non-thesis.
Students in the non-thesis option must complete comprehensive exams. Comps should be taken during the LAST term of the program. Students must be signed up for a minimum of three hours of graduate level coursework during the term they complete comps.
To be eligible to sign up for comps, students must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed HE 610, HE 631, HE 642, EPR 607/608, HE 689 AND HE 697. Students must earn a "C" or above in all courses.
Doctoral Studies in Health Education/Health Promotion
The PhD in Health Education / Health Promotion is a University of Alabama System degree jointly administered by three units: UAB School of Education, UAB School of Public Health, and UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. Students draw upon the expertise and resources of a diverse and highly qualified faculty. Graduates in the PhD program develop advanced training to become leading researchers, clinicians and faculty in higher education, government agencies and foundations. We strive to create a rigorous scholarly and supportive atmosphere for students to develop intellectually with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be ethical and responsible health education professionals.
This program is designed to provide students with the coursework and practical experience to become leading researchers and practitioners in Health Education and Health Promotion. Course work includes a core of courses in advanced research and statistical methods, social and behavioral sciences and the completion of a research internship and dissertation. Upon completion, job opportunities include university faculty appointments, research and clinical positions as well as other career paths.
This program is offered jointly by:
College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science - University of Alabama
School of Education, Department of Human Studies - University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Students may apply to any of the three academic units. A flexible course of study can be designed by the student in consultation with their advisor. The general components of the Ph.D. program are listed below.
The PhD program requires students to complete a minimum of 72 hours of graduate credit: 36 hours of coursework,12 hours of research internship and 24 hours of dissertation. Students must have satisfactory performance on comprehensive exams, and complete a doctoral dissertation.
A research internship is required. The internship gives students an opportunity to engage in a meaningful research experience by working with ongoing faculty research projects. The internship may be carried out in any one of the three academic units contributing to the PhD program or with approved research projects in other academic units at UA or UAB, or with the CDC, NIH, or other governmental or private agencies.
Prior to taking the comprehensive exams, the student must have completed the Health Education/Promotion Core Courses.
Doctoral students are required to successfully complete comprehensive examinations before proposing a dissertation.
The doctoral dissertation is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and original research experience, and it requires the completion of a minimum of 24.0 sem. hours of dissertation credit. Students complete credits for the dissertation after completing coursework and comprehensive exams, and being admitted to candidacy.