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Master of Science in Applied Health Science Degree (MSAHS), School and College Health Education Major

Description of Program

School and College Health Education is designed to be both comprehensive and coordinated, with the goal of promoting the health of children and young adults. Students in this major accrue professional skills required to design, deliver, and assess effective Health Education programs in preschools, schools, and colleges.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 graduate credit hours is required for the School and College Health Education major. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C is required in each course. A minimum of 20 credits must be in the Department of Applied Health Science. Electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor.

Required Courses (24 cr.)

Public Health Foundations Requirement (0 credits)
All new master's degree students must complete the Public Health Foundations online course no later than the end of their first semester of graduate study. Complete details and registration information for this course can be found

Complete the following research course (3 cr.):

  • SPH-X 590 Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation (3 cr.)

Complete each of the following School and College Health Education core courses (6 cr.):

  • SPH-B 589 Theory & Conceptual Frameworks in Public Health (3 Cr.)
  • SPH-H 500 Foundations of Health Promotion (3 Cr.)

Complete each of the following School and College Health Education major courses (12 cr.):

  • SPH-H 502 Instructional Strategies for School and College Health (3 Cr.)
  • SPH-H 510 Organization of School Health Programs (3 Cr.)
  • SPH-H 562 Health Program Evaluation (3 Cr.)
  • SPH-H 662 Acquiring and Managing External Funds for Health and Human Services (3 cr.)

Complete one of the following capstone project/experience options (3 cr.):

  • SPH-H 599 Master’s Thesis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 685 Practicum in Health (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (6 cr.)

Complete 6 credits of graduate-level elective course work to be determined in consultation with the academic advisor, based on student career goals and interests. If completing a master's thesis, a 3 credit statistics course is required. (3 cr.)

Special Opportunities

Students develop professional skills through required internships near the end of the program of study that can be completed in one of a number of local school corporations. They can also be involved in research with faculty members and fellow students.


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

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