Masters in Health Education, Community Health

Student-taking-blood-pressure-of-elderly-personThis degree program prepares students for advanced employment opportunities in public, volunteer, and private health agencies, clinics and worksites.  Building on existing skills in health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation, students learn research protocols and complete either a thesis or a directed research project. Students in the non-thesis option must complete an internship and comprehensive exams.

Required courses include research design, foundations of health education, planning and evaluating programs, administration, and health behavior theory. Course work is aligned with the responsibilities and competencies of advanced level health educators developed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. The program of study for this degree has been developed to include the knowledge and skill competencies needed to be eligible and prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exams.

Career Options

Job titles common to Health Education occupations may include:

  • community outreach coordinator
  • wellness coordinator
  • community assessment specialist
  • patient educator
  • health policy coordinator
  • clinical diabetes educator
  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • HIV Counseling and Testing Services Specialist
  • and many others
In schools health educators teach health as a subject and promote and implement Coordinated School Health Programs, including health services, student, staff and parent health education, and promote healthy school environments and school-community partnerships.
 
Working on a college/university campus, health educators are part of a team working to create an environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices and create a caring community.  They identify needs; advocate and do community organizing; teach courses; develop mass media campaigns; and train peer educators, counselors, and/or advocates.
 
In companies, health educators coordinate employee education services, employee health risk appraisals, and health screenings.  They design, promote, lead and/or evaluate programs about weight control, hypertension, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, stress management and smoking cessation; develop educational materials; and write grants for money to support these projects.
 
In health care settings,health educators educate patients about medical procedures, operations, services and therapeutic regimens, create activities and incentives to encourage use of services by high risk patients; conduct staff training and consult with other health care providers about behavioral, cultural or social barriers to health; promote self-care; develop activities to improve patient participation on clinical processes; and educate individuals to protect, promote or maintain their health and reduce risky behaviors.
 
In community organizations and government agencies, health educators help identify needs, and mobilize its resources to develop, promote, implement and evaluate strategies to improve its own health status.  Health educators do community organizing and outreach, grantwriting, coalition building, advocacy and develop, produce, and evaluate mass media health campaigns.

Program of Study


The following program of study is only an example. The official program of study checklist can be found on the Office of Student Services website or can be downloaded by selecting the download button below.

Courses for Both Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
Course # Course Title Semester Hours
HE 610 Foundations of Health Education 3 hours
HE 606 Issues in Disease Control (Prerequisite: EPR 607/608 or equivalent course) 3 hours
HE 631 Planning and Implementing Effective Health Education Programs (Prerequisite: HE 610 or equivalent course) 3 hours
HE 632 Administration of Health Education Programs (Prerequisite: HE 610 or equivalent course) 3 hours
HE 642 Health Behavior and Health Education (Prerequisite: HE 610 or equivalent course) 3 hours
HE 689 Methods and Materials for Planning Health Education Programs (Prerequisite: HE 610 or equivalent course 3 hours
EPR 692 Introduction to Educational Research (Prerequisite: EPR 607/608 or equivalent course) 3 hours
HE 697 Evaluation of Health Education Programs (Prerequisites: HE 610 or equivalent course and EPR 607/608) 3 hours
EPR 609 Statistical Methods and Research in Education (Prerequisite: EPR 607/608 or equivalent course) 3 hours
Course for Thesis Option Only
Course # Course Title Semester Hours
HE 699 Thesis 3 hours
Course for Non-Thesis Option Only
Course # Course Title Semester Hours
HE 693 Internship 3 hours
Comprehensive Exam Passed
Internship Completed

Tuition and Fees


The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2013-2014 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university.

The following tuition and fee information applies to UAB School of Education classes only.  Visit the UAB Tuition and Fees website for complete details on all UAB tuition and fees.

2013/2014 Academic Year
Tuition and Fees
 
Resident Charge
Non-Resident Charge
Undergraduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
$490
$873
Each additional hour of coursework
$283
$666
Graduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
$562
$1,042
Each additional hour of coursework
$355
$835

Additional Fees (if applicable)
Laboratory Fees
$35
On-line Course Fee
$150
Transcript Evaluation Fee
$30
Teacher Education Program (TEP) Application Fee
$30
Internship Fee
$75

Advising



1.  Initially, students should take time to look over the different graduate programs offered in Health Education as well as the information about applying to the UAB Graduate School.

2.  At any time, prospective students can contact the Department of Human Studies, 205.934.2446 or send a message, for questions about any of our programs.

3.  If a student wants to take a few hours to see if a particular Health Education program “fits”, they must fill out a non-degree graduate student application form from the UAB Graduate School. A student can take up to 12 hours as non-degree seeking student.

4.  Upon admission to the program, contact your Health Education advisor to set up an appointment about needed coursework.  View the program checklists on the Office of Student Services website to learn more about specific course requirements.

For the masters program, find your advisor by the first letter of your last name:


Learn More

Ready to begin a rewarding career in the field of human services? Speak with an advisor to learn more about this degree and how to get started.

Apply

Application Deadlines
Spring Admission: October 30
Fall Admission: April 30

Application Process

  • Complete online application using Apply Yourself, the Graduate School application system.

  • Submit application fee payment
    Domestic: $35.00
    International: $60.00

  • Request that your references submit recommendation letters online via the Apply Yourself system.
    Note: Electronic submission is the preferred method. If your references prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to the Health Education program:

    UAB School of Education
    Department of Human Studies
    Health Education Program
    207 Education Building; 901 13th Street South
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the Health Education program:
    UAB School of Education
    Department of Human Studies
    Health Education Program
    207 Education Building; 901 13th Street South
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School:
    UAB Graduate School
    511 HUC; 1400 University Blvd.
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
  • Submit official GRE or MAT test score
    GRE Institution code: 1856
    MAT Institution code: 1017
  • Submit official TOEFL test score (for international applicants only):
    Institution code: 1856
  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support (for international applicants only) to:
    UAB Graduate School
    511 HUC; 1400 University Blvd.
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1150