Online Master of Science in community health

Prepare for a career on the front lines of health equity and education. With a Master of Science (M.S.) in community health from Wayne State University, you are ready to make a real difference in health and well-being at the individual, community, and population level.

Offered 100% online, our master's in community health program offers flexibility for busy professionals who want to complete a degree from anywhere in the world.

Program highlights

  • Study 100% online
  • Flexible full-time or part-time learning
  • Complete in 2 years with a full-time schedule
  • Prepare for the CHES certification
  • No GRE required for admission

What will you learn?

The online master’s in health education degree gives you a deep dive into the fundamentals of community health. You explore health psychology across the lifespan, theories of health behavior, and effective communication techniques. You build your grant writing and management skills, and you learn to translate research into practice in a variety of community health settings.

Online M.S. in community health program curriculum

When you enroll in the program, you work closely with an advisor to design a course of study that includes general professional education courses, specialization courses and elective courses. Three pathways are available in the community health master’s degree, each of which culminates in an experience (an internship, project, or thesis) or class in your specific area of interest:

  • Plan A: 35 credits including an eight-credit thesis
  • Plan B: 30 credits including a three-credit project or internship
  • Plan C: 30 credits (neither thesis or project required)

See the full course list.

Community health education courses

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
HE 5522 Health Psychology 3
HE 6560 Integrating Evidence-Based Practices in Community Health: Translating Research-To-Practice 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
HE 6420 Introduction to Health Education Program Design 3
HE 6530 Principles and Practice of Health Education and Health Promotion 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
HE 6100 Health Communication Methods and Techniques 3
HE 6570 Advancing Community Health and Health Equity 3
KHS 8540 Theories of Health Behavior 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
HE 7051 Measurement and Evaluation in Community Health Education 3
HE 7200 Grant Writing and Management in Health Sciences 3
Advisor-approved elective, such as HE 6320 Mental Health and Substance Abuse 3

* Please note that M.S. courses are offered every 3 semesters, so the above plan is just one example. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.

Prepare for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam

Our program is specifically designed to prepare you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, the only nationally and internationally accredited health education and promotion certification on the market.

Offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, the CHES certification ensures employers that you have real-life experience planning, implementing, evaluating, and advocating for health education programs.

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program

Save time and money by enrolling in the M.S. in community health program while you’re still an undergraduate. As a junior or senior at Wayne State, you may qualify for the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program, which allows you to apply up to 16 credits to both degrees. We even offer scholarships for qualified participants!

For students whose undergraduate major is in Sport Management, the AGRADE graduate program options are Community Health; Exercise and Sport Science; and Health & Physical Education Teaching.

Apply for AGRADE

Community health research opportunities

Wayne State University is a nationally recognized center of excellence in research, and our faculty’s groundbreaking discoveries make a difference in the everyday lives of people and communities around the world.

As a master’s student here, we encourage you to get involved in our active research community, and we offer opportunities to apply for grant funding.

Learn more about research opportunities at Wayne State.

Career outlook

The M.S. in community health online program opens the door to rewarding careers in health departments and local health agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, universities, businesses, and health insurance companies. With a master’s degree in community health, you gain an understanding of the social determinants of health and learn to plan, analyze, and evaluate community-based health interventions. And you acquire the skills to develop and use evidence-informed strategies to improve population health and build stronger communities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers is increasing. The employment growth rate is 12% through 2031.

By earning a community health master’s degree, you are well equipped to pursue careers such as:

  • Hospital administration
  • Health education specialist
  • Community wellness
  • Health policy
  • Healthcare analysis
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Population health research

Tuition and financial aid

We want to invest in you and your bright future in community health. Our affordable tuition rates for online programs are the same whether you live in Michigan or out of state, and we award hundreds of scholarships each year.

Explore financial aid and scholarships

Admission Requirements

To apply to the master's in community health program, your undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher for regular admission or 2.75 to 2.99 for qualified admission. You need to submit the following:

We do not require GRE scores.

Learn more about graduate admissions at the College of Education and Wayne State’s graduate admission requirements.

Apply to Wayne State’s online master’s in community health program!

Ready to become an agent of change and improve health across communities? Start your journey today by applying to WSU’s Master of Science in community health.


Questions about community health master’s programs? Reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Alicia O'Connell
Program coordinator

Kinesiology Health and Sport Studies

Phone: 313-577-4249