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Master of Science in Applied Health Science Degree (MSAHS), Health Promotion Major

Description of Program

Health promotion enables individuals and communities to increase control over and improve their health. Graduate level students acquire skills for serving as health education and promotion specialists in educational, clinical, occupational, and community settings and for managing a diverse array of health education and promotion programs.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 35 graduate credit hours is required for the health promotion program.  A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C– is required in each course. All electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor.

Complete each of the following courses (21 cr.):

  • HPER-C 589 Models and Theories of Health Behavior (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 500 Philosophy and Principles of Health Education (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 519 Contemporary Issues in Health Promotion (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 594 Health Program Evaluation (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 635 Health Promotion in the 21st Century (3 cr.)
  • HPER-T 590 Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation (3 cr.)
  • HPER-T 591 Introduction to Statistics in Public Health (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following three courses (3 cr.):

  • HPER-C 501 Assessment and Planning in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • HPER-C 602 Intervention Design in Public Health (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 502 Instructional Strategies for School and College Health (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following courses (3 – 6 cr.):

  • HPER-H 642 Internships in Health Promotion (3 cr.)
  • HPER-H 599 Master's Thesis (3-6 cr.)

Complete 3 graduate level credits of courses with the following department code prefixes:


Complete remaining graduate level credits with any free electives (2 – 5 cr.)

Special Opportunities

Students develop professional skills through required internships near the end of the program of study that can be completed in a variety of settings afforded by the Bloomington community. Students can also be involved in research with faculty members and fellow students. Opportunities for international study are available intermittently.


Sources of potential employment for program graduates are numerous and varied and include public and private colleges; local, state, and federal agencies; international agencies; voluntary health agencies; professional associations; clinics, hospitals, and private health care facilities; business; industry; and the military. Prospects for employment are excellent, especially if the individual is willing to relocate.

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