Health Education (M.Ed.)

Health Education is a professional field that is expanding rapidly, primarily because of recent Federal legislation that has emphasized health promotion and disease prevention as major priorities of national health and social policy. The goal of health education is to facilitate voluntary health-related behavioral and social change through application of the principles of the behavioral and social sciences. As such, health education is concerned with helping individuals and groups to assume responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors, and by supporting social policies that can promote and maintain health. To this end, those earning a Master of Education with a major in health education develop competencies in: assessing individual and group needs for health education; planning, implementing, and evaluating effective health education programs; coordinating provisions for health education; acting as resource persons in health education; and communicating health and health education needs, concerns and resources.Successful completion of the degree program prepares students to become Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES).

There are two different programs for this degree:

  • M.Ed in Health Education for those pursuing employment with health departments, hospitals, businesses, and other community agencies.
  • M.Ed in Health Education with a teaching endorsement in Health, grades 6-12

M.Ed. In Health Education

The Master of Education with a major in health education degree is offered under the following plans:

  • Plan A: Thirty-six credits including an eight-credit thesis
  • Plan B: Thirty credits including a three-credit project
  • Plan C: Thirty credits (neither thesis or project required)

Requirements for this degree include: general professional education courses; specialization courses and elective courses. Professional education courses and electives should be chosen in consultation with an advisor. A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 is required for graduation. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Education and the Graduate School's regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

General Professional Courses
EER 7630Fundamentals of Statistics3
HE 7310Psychology of Learning Across Development3
Required Specialization Courses
HE 6350Health Education and the Nation's Health3
HE 6420Introduction to Health Education Program Design3
HE 6530Principles and Practice of Health Education and Health Promotion3
HE 6501Measurement and Evaluation in Community Health Education3
HE 6550Teaching Methods and Techniques in Health Education3
HE 5522Health Psychology3
KHS 8540Theories of Health Behavior3
Select one of the following:3-8
Master's Essay and Project Direction
Master's Thesis Direction
Internship in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies
Total Credits30-35

M.Ed. With Teaching Endorsement

Teachers who possess a current Michigan teaching certificate may earn a health teaching endorsement by selecting this option.

The professional preparation in Health Education leading to a Master of Education degree with a teaching endorsement in Health grades 6-12 requires a minimum of thirty credits and is divided into two general areas of study: specialization courses (twenty-four credits) and general professional courses (six credits) as outlined below. This option for the MED in Health Education is offered as a Plan C option for which neither an essay/project or thesis is required.

Pre-Requisite Courses
LFA 2330First Aid and CPR3
HE 4340Family and Reproductive Health (or equivalent)3
Required Health Education Courses
HE 5220Health Behavior Change3
HE 5440Mental Health and Substance Abuse3
HE 5620Performance Based Assessment in Health Education3
HE 6350Health Education and the Nation's Health3
HE 6500Comprehensive School Health Education3
HE 6550Teaching Methods and Techniques in Health Education3
Select one of the following:1-3
Workshop in Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies
Special Problems in KHS (Max. 9)
Assessment and Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners: 6-12
HE 5522Health Psychology3
General Professional Courses
Select three of the following:6
The Role of the Teacher in Guidance
Adolescent Psychology
The Learning Process
Fundamentals of Statistics
Philosophy of Education
Total Credits34-36